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The Departed stands as a honorable and respectful way to refer to those who have passed away. As correctly explained in the first line by coleopterist. In the movie, every action and consequence happens due to the death of somoneone, or because someone has departed. The first scene and character, Collin Sullivan is introduced to Crime and Frank because he ...


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According to this analysis on CrimeTV.com: The Massachusetts State House is featured in the film as a symbol of Colin Sullivan's ambition. This view is echoed in the Pacific Northwest Inlander article "Bloody Entanglements": Damon manages to convey an astounding amount of information in scenes where he doesn't even speak. From the way he sits ...


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Yes, which would make sense why Costello set up the Chinese gang with the fake microchips at the border. Since Costello should be constantly informing the FBI of the proceedings, they would have already the known the deal has gone bad. Also the fact that there is a surveillance camera blind spot so huge that both gangs could comfortably talk says a lot. In ...


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You’re right. He wore the shoe covers, gloves, and a hair net to not leave traces behind, what is called “cross-contamination”. This just improves his chances of not getting caught. More info and pictures via here "Biological evidence requires care to guard against the possibility of cross contamination either by the investigator or by other ...


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We meet Barrigan for the first time at the police academy. To quote from various dialogue and directions in the script (remember, Colin = Matt Damon): POLICE TRAINEES. (INCLUDING BARRIGAN, who is included in all Colin's trainee scenes). COLIN is in the class, wearing a trainee's uniform. He has a notebook, a pen. Writing. Then ...


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The Departed refers to death and the dead. The movie has plenty of both. When Costigan is at his mother's grave, he sees a wreath from Costello with a note reading, "Heaven holds the Faithful Departed". The phrase "faithful departed" appears to be used by Christians to refer to deceased members of their congregation. Considering the movie's plot dealing ...


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The box is a pure Macguffin. I've heard some theorize it contained the mobile phone he would go on to use, but I doubt this. Another theory is that it contains money, or at least something valuable to help him get started up - hence why Costello tells him he's earned it. Having said that, my own theory is that it is just something personal to Sullivan. It ...


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When Sullivan comes home he has pastries. He is expecting the woman to be there like earlier in the film. She isn't there because the envelope contained a full account of the truth. It told her to find Dignam (Wahlberg) and explain to him the truth. He had know way to know that Sullivan was the rat since Sullivan blamed this on the other rat and recommended ...


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Similar dialogue definitely appears in the movie in relation to Billy (DiCaprio), an undercover cop that tries to infiltrate crime boss Costello's crew. This is first invoked by his cousin, drug dealer Sean: Billy: In your line of work, if I gave you like, what, say, 10,000, what could I get back? Sean: You know what you usually say at these ...


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Sullivan was never linked to final string of executions and his duplicity was never brought to light. Nothing was presented to the audience to suggest Dignam learned of it somehow, though it's likely he suspected it. That being the case, it's more likely he was seeking retribution for Queenan's death.


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Sullivan is going through Queenan's belongings (he's been shot at this point) in his office and finds his cell phone. He uses the cell phone to call the informant. He still doesn't know Costigan's name or identity at this point, but he knows it's him especially when Costigan says Let me talk to Dignam to confirm it. after Sullivan tells Costigan that ...


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Emanuel Levy has some relevant quotes from Leonardo DiCaprio: Billy Costigan came up from the streets of Boston, and DiCaprio remarks that his character's motivation to become a police officer is rooted in his desire to escape his upbringing: Billy comes from an underworld background and has all the chips stacked against him in a lot of ways. I ...


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Yes, you've met him before: And so we see the grown up Sullivan training to be a police officer. Close to this point Billy Costigan (DiCaprio) enters the film. Costigan is also training to be a police officer, though the two men are not being trained together and so haven't met. They are both serious and ambitious, as we see in a training ...


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Billy (Di Caprio) called Trooper Brown and told him to meet him on the roof. He did this as Brown knew Billy from their time together in police training and that he could help verify that Billy was indeed an undercover agent. Brown shows up and finds Billy trying to arrest Colin. Its not made clear in the film as to how Barrigan (Franks other man on the ...


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The envelope's contents are never definitively explained in the film. However, it seems logical to assume it contains either evidence or at least an explanation of the truth - that Leo DiCaprio (i.e. Costigan) is the real good guy and Matt Damon (i.e. Sullivan) is the real bad guy. Earlier in the film, Sullivan's girlfriend Madolyn finds out the truth about ...


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It's never mentioned what his exact role was. All we know is that he was working for Costello as a probably not too important but loyal mobster. We learn that he probably was no stranger to violence when Costello approaches Billy: Costello [Talking about Billies father] No. He kept his own counsel. He never wanted money. You can't do anything with a man ...



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