The Departed

Departed – Unter Feinden
Irish mob boss Frank Costello has a firm grip on South Boston. One of his loyal followers since his teenage years is Colin Sullivan who, with Costello’s help, graduates from the police academy. As a member of the Massachusetts State Police, Colin climbs the career ladder and is soon part of the Special Investigation Unit – he is a mole in Costello’s service that no one but the two men knows about. Around the same time, police trainee Billy Costigan is given a sensitive assignment by the head of the undercover unit and his right-hand man. Billy’s uncle was a member of the Irish mafia, and this family background makes Billy seem well suited to infiltrate Costello’s organisation. To this end, he is first sent to prison after being dishonourably discharged from the force. Only the two cops know Billy’s true identity. When both the gangsters and the police realise that they have been infiltrated, a desperate race begins for Billy and Colin. Each wants to expose the other while remaining undetected.
by Martin Scorsese
with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Alec Baldwin, Anthony Anderson
USA 2006 English 151’ Colour


  • Leonardo DiCaprio (Billy )
  • Matt Damon (Colin )
  • Jack Nicholson (Costello)
  • Mark Wahlberg (Dignam)
  • Martin Sheen (Queenan)
  • Ray Winstone (Mr. French)
  • Vera Farmiga (Madolyn)
  • Alec Baldwin (Ellerby)
  • Anthony Anderson (Brown)


Director Martin Scorsese
Screenplay William Monahan
Cinematography Michael Ballhaus
Editing Thelma Schoonmaker
Music Howard Shore
Production Design Kristi Zea
Costumes Sandy Powell
Assistant Director Joseph Reidy
Producers Brad Pitt, Brad Grey, Graham King
Executive Producers Roy Lee, Doug Davison, G. Mac Brown, Kristin Hahn, Gianni Nunnari
Co-Production Plan B Entertainment Los Angeles, CA
Initial Entertainment Group Santa Monica, CA
Vertigo Entertainment Production Los Angeles, CA

World sales

Park Circus

Produced by

Warner Bros. Discovery

Martin Scorsese

Born in New York in 1942. Ever since Mean Streets in 1973, he has been one of the most prominent proponents of “New Hollywood” cinema. He won the Palme d’Or for Taxi Driver in 1976; Raging Bull was nominated for eight Academy Awards in 1980. Having already received the Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 1997, he won an Academy Award for Best Director in 2007 with The Departed. His work featured most recently at the Berlinale in 2016 with the re-release of several films as part of the Homage to Michael Ballhaus. Martin Scorsese’s lastest film, Killers of the Flower Moon, received ten Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Director.


1963 What’s a Nice Girl like You Doing in a Place like This? 1964 It’s Not Just You, Murray! 1967 The Big Shave 1969 Who’s That Knocking at My Door (Wer klopft denn da an meine Tür) 1972 Boxcar Bertha (Die Faust der Rebellen) 1973 Mean Streets (Hexenkessel) 1974 Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Alice lebt hier nicht mehr) 1975 Italian American · Taxi Driver 1977 New York, New York 1978 The Last Waltz (The Band) · American Boy: Profile of Steven Prince (American Boy) 1979 Raging Bull (Wie ein wilder Stier) 1982 The King of Comedy 1985 After Hours (Die Zeit nach Mitternacht) 1986 The Color of Money (Die Farbe des Geldes) 1988 The Last Temptation of Christ (Die letzte Versuchung Christi) 1989 New York Stories. Episode: Life Sessions (New York Stories) 1990 Goodfellas 1991 Cape Fear (Kap der Angst) 1993 The Age of Innocence (Die Zeit der Unschuld) 1995 Casino · A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1997 Kundun 1999 Bringing Out the Dead · Il Mio Viaggio in Italia (Meine Italienische Reise) 2002 Gangs of New York 2003 The Blues: Feel Like Going Home 2004 The Aviator (Aviator) 2005 American Masters 2006 The Departed 2008 Shine a Light 2010 Shutter Island · Boardwalk Empire · Public Speaking 2011 George Harrison: Living in the Material World · Hugo Cabret 2013 The Wolf of Wall Street 2014 The New York Review of Books 2016 Silence 2019 The Irishman 2023 Killers of the Flower Moon

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024