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An American crime thriller film about an undercover state cop who has infiltrated an Irish gang and a mole in the police force working for the same mob race to track down and identify each other before being exposed to the enemy, after both sides realize their outfit has a rat.

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Why did Costigan leave the precinct BEFORE getting his identity back?

Major spoilers ahead, obviously, for The Departed (2006). I give some refreshers to jog people’s memory. Costigan (DiCaprio) is an undercover cop. Toward the end, after the death of crime lord ...
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What does "Can you still" mean?

In The Departed (2006), Dr Madolyn shows her ultrascan report to Sullivan: Dr Madolyn: And they say that this little speck... is a penis. Sullivan: It's a boy. Dr Madolyn: Yeah, well, one usually ...
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What does "the chicken" refer to?

On a monitor in The Departed (2006), Sullivan identifies everyone present with Irish Mob boss Frank near the building that they have under AV surveillance nearby. Frank checks his phone and sees a ...
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Why did they laugh in this scene?

In The Departed (2006), Frank completes his phone call with Sullivan about the existence of an undercover cop in his crew while standing under a bridge. As he walks away, Captain Queenan and Dignam ...
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Why did the scene cut away without Costigan Jr. answering Dignam's question?

In The Departed (2006), Queenan and Costigan Jr. were seated facing each other while Dignam stood beside the former, facing the latter: Dignam: You got quite the family tree. That maggot Uncle of ...
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Why do characters in The Departed put the ‘F’ word in the middle of their words?

These are words spoken by characters in The Departed with the ‘F’ word inserted in the middle of them: Whoop-de-fu_king-do LA-di-fu_king-da abra-fu_king-cadabra Sigmund fu_king Freud Mr. Fu_king-...
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If Dignam is not of Irish descent, then who is Frank referring to with the Irish derogatory term?

While on the phone with Frank in The Departed (2006), Sullivan shares his disapproval about Costello's crew pushing Queenan to his death. Frank defends the action stating that one person had to die ...
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How can Costigan Jr.'s department arrange a memorial service if he was erased from the police directory?

In the event of Costigan Jr.'s death from The Departed (2006), his department typically arranges for a memorial service to honor his life and sacrifice: Earlier in the movie, Costigan Jr was erased ...
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If Sullivan is a staff sergeant, why does he believe that the robbery was not wrong?

In The Departed (2006), after hearing from Dignam that Myles Kennefick, who stole 20 microprocessors worth 100 grand each from the Mass Processor Company, was dead, Sullivan visited Mrs. Kennefick to ...
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What actions did Costigan Jr. take that made Madolyn perceive him as vulnerable?

In The Departed (2006), during a visit to Madolyn's residence, Costigan Jr asks about her moving plans and Madolyn informs him that she has three weeks left on her lease. Costigan Jr questions her ...
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If Costigan Jr believes that being a cop is not his identity, then what exact identity is he looking for?

In The Departed (2006), after killing Mafia Boss Frank and receiving all the praise from his colleagues, Sullivan meets Costigan Jr in his office: Sullivan: I understand. You wanna be a cop again. ...
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What's the meaning of this effect?

In The Departed (2006), before meeting Dignam and Queenan in the Special Investigation Unit building, Sullivan is framed in a small circle as he stands near a traffic signal, which enlarges to full ...
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Why didn't Collin Sullivan kill Madolyn?

Near the end of The Departed, we find out that Dr. Madolyn Madden was informed that Sullivan was Costello's mole inside the MSP. She confronted Sullivan about it and gave him the silent treatment ...
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Why did Sergeant Dignam provoke Billy Costigan so much?

Why did Sergeant Dignam provoke Billy Costigan so much in The Departed (2006)? I mean both Colin and Sergeant Dignam attended an interview for a state trooper. But Sergeant Dignam provokes only Billy ...
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What did Dignam want Billy to tell at Deerfield?

Dignam asks Billy about Uncle Jackie's funeral: Billy: I remember his funeral. Dignam: Closed casket? Billy: That's right. Dignam: So tell anybody up at Deerfield... Before you got kicked out for ...
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Did Scorsese know Nicholson would pull a real, unscripted gun on DiCaprio?

After 05:20 in the video Iconic Movie Scenes That Were Never Supposed To Happen the narrator says: In one scene, Nicholson totally surprised co-star Leonardo DiCaprio in the worst way. Nicholson had ...
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What does "He's a lox" mean?

In The Departed (2006), Frank speaks on phone with Colin, who just saw dead bodies of two gentlemen from Providence: Frank Costello: Who's the lead detective? Good. He's a lox. By google, it is a ...
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What questions is French referring to?

In The Departed (2006), Fitzy and Delahunt are playing "who's cop & whose not" in front of the bar. Billy is sitting in the bar and there are a group of men sitting near him. Frank comes ...
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Why can't William "Billy" Costigan be a state trooper with 1400 SAT score?

In The Departed (2006), Capt. Oliver Queenan speaks to William "Billy" Costigan: Capt. Oliver Queenan: Five years from now you could be anything else in the world. But you will not be a ...
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What does "that" refer to?

In The Departed (2006), upon knowing Colin Sullivan is the mole in the police department, Billy Costigan approaches Madolyn to give her a package: Billy Costigan: I know. I'm not...I'm not here for ...
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Why did the camera tech cop react in this way?

In The Departed (2006), in a secret place, Frank Costello is doing business with some Chinese: Frank: For his own good, tell Bruce Lee and the Karate Kids... none of us are carrying automatic ...
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Is there any reason why Frank Costello does not speak with an Irish accent?

Similar to this question here, is there any reason why Frank Costello does not speak with an Irish accent in The Departed, like Pierce Brosnan does in The Foreigner (2017)? In the film Costello grew ...
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What did Dr. Madden want to say to Billy before she got cut off?

In the film "The Departed", when Billy Costigan gave Dr. Madden an envelope, he says something along the lines of: Whatever you wannt to say, think about it real hard, and if you still want to tell ...
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Whose baby was it?

In The Departed, Both Costigan and Sullivan end up sleeping with the same woman? Yes, both Costigan and Sullivan fall for the same lady, Madolyn, at different points in the movie. Eventually, it's ...
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Why don't the cops pursue Costello's crew after the shootout?

In The Departed (2006), there is a brief firefight between Costello's crew and the plainclothes officers tailing Capt. Queenan after Queenan is thrown from the roof of 344 Wash. All of the crew has ...
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Why didn't the member of Frank's gang say he knew that Billy is the snitch?

After one of Frank's gang members got shot by Sullivan's troops, he told Billy that he gave him the wrong address and he knew that he was the snitch, but why didn't he say anything?
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What does Costello's drawing symbolize?

In The Departed there is a scene where Jack Nicholson's character makes a drawing. The drawing is of rats and the Massachusetts State House. He sets the drawing afire. What is the symbolism of this ...
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Who was Dignam working for?

At the end of The Departed, Dignam kills Sullivan after finding out that he was the rat all along and responsible for Billy Costigan's death. Did Dignam do this on his own accord? Or was he part of ...
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When did Sullivan exactly realize who the undercover guy (DiCaprio) was?

When does Sullivan find out who the undercover guy (DiCaprio) was in The Departed? Is it when he says on the phone: So it is you. Thank God you're all right. We were very worried. And how exactly ...
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What was Billy's goal for becoming a cop and going undercover?

In The Departed, Billy Costigan he was very intelligent and could have been anything he wanted to be, but he chose to become a state trooper. Why? What was his goal for becoming a cop and going ...
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What's the story of the other mole in the police department?

The Departed is 9 years old now, but SPOILER WARNING anyway. At the end, Costigan is shot by Trooper Barrigan, another mole in the Boston Police Department, who is subsequently shot by Sullivan. Who ...
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The Departed reference in How I Met Your Mother

In HIMYM, there's a continual reference to the movie Departed in the dialogue between Ted and Marshall, which goes like: "-Are you a cop? -I'm not a cop." You can watch the scene here, which ...
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What was in the package Nicholson gives to Damon?

After Matt Damon's character in The Departed graduates the state police academy, he is picked up by Costello ("no more pencils, no more books"), and given a box as a graduation present. Though what is ...
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How did Matt Damon's partner know he went to meet Leonardo DiCaprio?

In the end of The Departed, Matt Damon's partner comes to his rescue, shooting Leonardo DiCaprio's character along with the friend whom Leo had asked to come to Damon's arrest as protection. My ...
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What's in the package which Billy gives Madolyn in The Departed

Just before the climax of The Departed, Billy comes to Madolyn's apartment and gives her a package to keep safe and asks her to open it if he's dead or if he tells her to. In a later scene, we ...
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What was the role of Jackie Costigan?

Billy Costigan's uncle Jackie is mentioned in The Departed with Queenan and Dignam, then again during Sullivan's briefing scene. How was he important to Frank Costello's crew?
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How does the title fit in the context of the story?

Like many others I am a big fan of The Departed (2006). But the title of the movie makes me curious. What is the justification for use of this title? I mean how does this title fit in the context of ...
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Why did Dignam wear gloves and hospital moccasins in 'The Departed' while killing Sullivan?

In the final scene of The Departed when Sullivan (played by Matt Damon)returns to his apartment he finds Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) waiting wearing gloves and hospital moccasins and pointing a gun at him. ...
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What is the significance of the Massachusetts State House in the Departed?

The Massachusetts State House is visible in numerous scenes in the Departed. These scenes always include Colin Sullivan. It is even visible from his apartments window and he often looks out upon it. ...
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Did the FBI know about the mole in the police department and did they interfere with the investigation?

Frank Costello the mob boss, one of the main antagonists in The Departed, is revealed to be a protected FBI informant. Assuming that this is indeed the case, does Costello's ties with the ...
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