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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 no way to know that Sullivan was the rat since Sullivan blamed this on the other rat and recommended ...


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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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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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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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It's the same the world over, you speak the language and accent of where you were raised not that of your parents or grandparents. Hennessy is an Irishman. Costello is an American, of Irish ancestry.


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The film never revealed who the father is. I think its Costigan. From yahoo answers by jeanette: They never revealed who the father is. So you can take a guess. My theory is that it was Costigan. Since she didn't know the real situation, I think she was just going to stay with Sullivan and raise the baby as his. He was stable and secure, so she thought. ...


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There's a deleted scene in the movie where they have a longer conversation. Here's a YouTube clip of the extended scene. As Delahunt dies, he says that the boss (Jack Nicholson) asked him earlier if he would kill the rat if they find out who it is. Delahunt, who has never killed anyone, says he would. But in reality, Delahunt feels uncertain. Before he dies ...


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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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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 he'...


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Since he knew there was a government agent in his team posing to be one of them, he was not certain if he was cop or FBI or CIA or the DEA as he was into all sorts of wild things. He feels the entire bureaucracy are filled with rats and needs to be burnt.


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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 moments. [...] ...


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It doesn't matter what was in the box. What matters is that Sullivan became a cop moments earlier, and is already accepting gifts from a known criminal. He's fresh out of the academy and has already sold his soul to the devil.


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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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We can be fairly certain that Billy Costigan (DiCaprio) is the father, not because Sullivan couldn't get an erection one time, but because there is a recurring theme of infertility in the evil characters in the film. There is the scene referenced above (Robert Love) where it is mentioned that Collin could not perform sexually. There is a scene where Gwen ...


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She was going to tell Billy that she was pregnant and the baby was his. At this stage Dr. Madden is still in two minds as to whether or not she is fully committed to her relationship with Colin and may very well have dropped the pretence and gone with him if he had been able to have prioritised their situation instead of asking her to wait (in which he ...


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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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This is from the script... DELAHUNT You know what I thought today? BILLY What's that? DELAHUNT Who didn't show up today is the rat. BILLY Yeah, ...


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The envelope that Costigan gave to Madolyn that she wrote his name on and put into her desk drawer gave Sullivan up. It identified Sullivan as the rat and instructed Madolyn to go to Sergeant Dignam with the information if anything were to happen to Costigan. Sure, Sergeant Dignam could've arrested Sullivan, but all that damn paperwork. There would always ...


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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 montage, ...


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What does "He's a lox" mean? It means that he's not very aware of what's going on; that he's an easy target and/or is a sucker. Saying someone is a lox is another way of saying they're a fish -- a derogatory term that's commonly used in other contexts like poker games. It comes from the whole, "fish vs. shark", dynamic...


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A few scenes earlier, Costello is asking Billy questions while sussing out a rat... COSTELLO You got a girlfriend? BILLY No. No. What does that matter? COSTELLO Depends. I'm sure you know ...


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"That" refers to sex and/or drugs Billy Costigan and Madolyn had an intense, surreptitious sexual relationship. Because Billy could not really be himself, tell her the truth, Madolyn came to believe he was just play acting his vulnerability to get drugs from her at first and later get her into bed. Madolyn: What do you expect coming in here? Billy ...


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I see two main reasons for not rushing into Costello's hideout and chase these guys, after the death of Queenan and an officer gets shot. They probably don't know where Costello's hideout is. Costigan is the only police officer who knows where the Costello crew hides and after Queenan's death, the only person who knows that Costigan is an officer is Dignam ...


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In the scene where Billy gives Madolyn the envelope in case of his demise, Madolyn wanted to tell him something but Billy told her to think on it hard and tell him again in two weeks. There are other reasons why we should believe Billy is the father; the theme of infertility in the bad guys (Frank) vs fertility in the good (Queenan) as well as Colin’s ...


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Everyone seems to forget when Bill (DICaprio) gave her the copy of the same tape he sent to Colin (Damin), she (Madolyn) wanted to tell him something but hesitated and he told her to wait 2 weeks. Also after Madolyn heard the tape she stormed into the room saying "and I thought I was the liar" she had already given Colin the ultrasound picture. So, it had to ...


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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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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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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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