Murder One (TV series)
Murder One is an American legal drama television series that first aired on the ABC network in the United States in 1995. The series was created by Steven Bochco, Charles H. Eglee, Channing Gibson. Like many of Bochco's previous series, Murder One was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Sometime after the conclusion of Murder One Bochco ended his longtime relationship with Fox and moved his production company over to Paramount, making Murder One his last production with Fox for over a decade. In 1997, TV Guide ranked the first episode, "Chapter 1", #60 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes in television history. In its first season, the series starred Daniel Benzali as defense attorney Theodore Hoffman, a criminal litigator and the principal of his own firm and Associates. Backed by a cadre of young associates, Hoffman was a gruff, masterful criminal lawyer who zealously represented his clients in high-profile cases. Patricia Clarkson played Annie. Unique for a television drama at that time, the first season of the series revolved around a single high-profile criminal case.
Stanley Tucci played Richard Cross, a charming but morally ambiguous philanthropist and the first man arrested for the murder of Jessica Costello. Bobbie Phillips played Julie Costello, the murder victim's sister and the girlfriend of Richard Cross. For the duration of season one, Hoffman defended Neil Avedon, a young Hollywood star accused of the murder of fifteen-year-old Jessica Costello. During the first part of the season, Hoffman's associates handled smaller cases which were wrapped up within one episode. While there were many plot twists and misdirections, fundamentally the entire season consisted of one defense case for Hoffman & Associates. In the second season, Benzali was replaced by Anthony LaPaglia as Jimmy Wyler, a former assistant district attorney who took over Hoffman's firm; the second season featured this type of seriality, to a limited extent: three unrelated trials, over 18 episodes. The serial nature of the drama may have been problematic, leaving viewers who either missed episodes or did not see the series from its premiere at a loss.
As a result, from about halfway through the first season, an detailed introduction began to take up several minutes at the start of each episode. Following somewhat disappointing ratings, ABC and Bochco revamped the show for the 1996–97 season. Gone were Benzali and his character, as well as many of the show's former regulars including Clarkson, Gedrick and Dylan Baker; the producers brought in LaPaglia as the new owner of the firm to replace Benzali, but the second season of the show was far less successful than the first. The original concept of the series, a James Bond-like defense attorney, could not be salvaged with a replacement lead – not least of which because LaPaglia's character spent most episodes trying to borrow money to keep the firm afloat. Other cast members brought in for the second season included D. B. Woodside and Jack Kehler. ABC aired all the episodes filmed, the plot was prematurely wrapped up in the final episode. ABC ordered the final six episodes to air as a three-night miniseries in the spring of 1997.
As the hopes for a series renewal diminished, the three-night miniseries was rescheduled for the less-viewed Memorial Day weekend. The series was dropped at the end of the'96–'97 season. Over its two-year run, ABC aired 41 original episodes; the first season of Murder One has aired several times on cable networks such as A&E and Court TV in the United States. Both seasons have been released on DVD with different packaging in each country. Theodore Hoffman – Daniel Benzali Annie Hoffman – Patricia Clarkson Justine Appleton – Mary McCormack Neil Avedon – Jason Gedrick Richard Cross – Stanley Tucci Francesca Cross – Donna Murphy Deputy District Attorney Miriam Grasso – Barbara Bosson Chris Docknovich – Michael Hayden Lisa Gillsepie – Grace Phillips Arnold Spivak – J. C. MacKenzie Julie Costello – Bobbie Phillips Judge Beth Bornstein – Linda Carlson Dr. Graham Lester – Stanley Kamel District Attorney Roger Garfield – Gregory Itzin David Blalock – Kevin Tighe Ray Velacek – Joe Spano Louis Hines – John Fleck Detective Arthur Polson – Dylan Baker Gary Blondo – John Pleshette Lila – Vanessa A. Williams Connie Dahlgren – Nancy Lee Grahn Sidney Schneider – Adam Scott Jimmy Wyler – Anthony LaPaglia Justine Appleton – Mary McCormack Deputy District Attorney Miriam Grasso – Barbara Bosson Chris Docknovich – Michael Hayden Arnold Spivak – J. C.
MacKenzie Judge Beth Bornstein – Linda Carlson District Attorney Roger Garfield – Gregory Itzin Louis Hines – John Fleck Aaron Mosley – D. B. Woodside Det. Vince Biggio – Clayton Rohner Frank Szymanski – Jack Kehler Clifford Banks – Pruitt Taylor Vince Frances Wyler – Eileen Heckart Malcolm Dietrich – Ralph Waite Gwen – Pauley Perrette Ted Hoffman defends young Hollywood heartthrob Neil Avedon on criminal mischief charges after he attacks a swan and urges him to change his Hollywood lifestyle of sex and drugs before he gets into serious trouble. Neil ignores his advice, Ted instructs his office to no longer take Neil's calls. A media explosion occurs with the murder of 15-year-old Jessica Costello, found raped, tied up, strangled in her apartment. Jessica was promiscuous with many powerful men in Hollywood, making them suspects and the case a media frenzy. One of these men, multi-millionaire Richard Cross, whose mistress Julie Costello is Jessica's older sister, is arrested after the police have a security video of Richard in the building at the time of the murder.
Ted is hired and has the charges against Richard dismissed for lack of evidence. The next suspect is Neil Avedon who b
Law & Order
Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series created by Dick Wolf, launching the Law & Order franchise. Airing its entire run on NBC, Law & Order premiered on September 13, 1990 and completed its twentieth and final season on May 24, 2010. Set and filmed in New York City, the series follows a two-part approach: the first half-hour is the investigation of a crime and apprehension of a suspect by New York City Police Department detectives. Plots are based on real cases that made headlines, although the motivation for the crime and the perpetrator may be different; the show has had a revolving cast over the years. Among the longest-running main cast members were Steven Hill as District Attorney Adam Schiff, Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe, S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren, Sam Waterston as Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Ed Green. Law & Order's twenty seasons tie with Gunsmoke and spin-off Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for the longest-running live-action scripted American primetime series.
The success of the series has led to the creation of additional shows, making Law & Order a franchise, with a television film, several video games, international adaptations of the series. It has won and has been nominated for numerous awards over the years, including a number of Emmy Awards. On May 14, 2010, NBC announced that it had canceled Law & Order and would air its final episode on May 24, 2010. Following the show's cancellation, Wolf attempted to find a new home for the series; those attempts failed, in July 2010, Wolf declared that the series had now "moved to the history books". In 1988, Dick Wolf developed a concept for a new television series that would depict a optimistic picture of the American criminal justice system, he toyed with the idea of calling it Night & Day but hit upon the title Law & Order. The first half of each episode would follow two detectives and their commanding officer as they investigate a violent crime; the second half of the episode would follow the District Attorney's Office and the courts as two prosecutors, with advice from the District Attorney himself, attempt to convict the accused.
Through this, Law & Order would be able to investigate some of the larger issues of the day by focusing on stories that were based on real cases making headlines. Wolf took the idea to then-president of Universal Television Kerry McCluggage, who pointed out the similarity to a 1963 series titled Arrest and Trial, which lasted one season; the two watched the pilot of that series, in which a police officer arrested a man for armed robbery in the first half, the defense attorney, played by Chuck Connors gets the perpetrator off as the wrong guy in the second half. Wolf decided that, while his detectives would also be fallible, he wanted a fresh approach to the genre, to go from police procedural to prosecution with a greater degree of realism. In addition, the prosecution would be a reversal of the usual formula in lawyer dramas. Fox ordered thirteen episodes based on the concept alone, with no pilot. Then-network head Barry Diller reversed the decision. Although he loved the idea, he didn't believe it was a "Fox show".
Wolf went to CBS, which ordered a pilot, "Everybody's Favorite Bagman", written by Wolf about corrupt city officials involved with the mob. The network did not order it because there were no breakout stars. In the summer of 1989, NBC's top executives, Brandon Tartikoff and Warren Littlefield, screened the pilot and liked it. However, by 1990, NBC executives had enough confidence that the innovative show could appeal to a wide audience that they ordered the series for a full season; the series is known for its extensive use of local color. In seasons, New York City mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, attorney William Kunstler and Bronx Congressman José Serrano all appeared on the show as themselves. Local personalities had recurring cameos as fictional characters, such as Donna Hanover and Fran Lebowitz as judges. On September 14, 2004, in New York City, a road leading to Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers was renamed "Law & Order Way" in tribute to the series; the music for Law & Order was composed by veteran composer Mike Post, was deliberately designed to be minimal to match the abbreviated style of the series.
Post wrote the theme song using electric piano and clarinet. In addition, scene changes were accompanied by a tone generated by Post, he refers to the tone as "The Clang", while Entertainment Weekly critic Ken Tucker has referred to the sound as the "ominous chung CHUNG", actor Dann Florek as the "doink doink", Richard Belzer as "the Dick Wolf Cash Register Sound". The tone moves the viewer from scene to scene, jumping forward in time with all the importance and immediacy of a judge's gavel –, what Post was aiming for when he created it. While reminiscent of a jail door slamming, it is an amalgamation of "six or seven" sounds, including the sound made by five hundred Japanese men walking across a hardwood floor; the sound has become so associated with the Law & Order brand that it was carried over to other series of the franchise. The UK-aired Channel Five versions of
The Return (2006 film)
The Return is a 2006 American horror thriller film directed by Asif Kapadia and starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kate Beahan, Peter O'Brien, Sam Shepard. It was released theatrically on November 10, 2006, on DVD on February 27, 2007; the Blu-ray was released on October 6, 2009. Joanna Mills, a travelling rep for a trucking company, is dedicated to her successful career but something of a loner. Since the age of 11 she has been a troubled person, with episodes of self-mutilation and menacing visions, she avoids returning to her native Texas, but agrees to a trip there to secure an important client. During the trip her visions, which take the form of memories of events not from her life, increase in intensity, she sees a strange face staring back at her in the mirror. Her truck radio plays Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams", she stops at the scene of an accident. Joanna is narrowly rescued by a friend, she visits her father, who observes that from age 11 she was "a different girl". The visions continue, becoming both more specific and more threatening, centering upon a menacing man she does not recognize and a bar she has never seen, but a picture of, in one of her catalogs.
Drawn by the image to the Texas town where the bar is located, a place she has not been since childhood, Joanna meets a man named Terry Stahl, whose wife, was stalked, brutally assaulted, left to die fifteen years before, a crime of which Terry was suspected but not convicted. Joanna continues to have visions of this crime and the events that led up to it, to discover other links between Annie's life and hers, she meets the real killer and is led by what she has seen in her visions to recover the knife he used from its hiding place. She is stalked, herself, she finds herself drawn into a repetition of the crime, but this time she stabs her assailant with the recovered knife, using the original weapon to avenge the original crime. The story ends with the revelation that Annie, clinging to life as Terry drove her to the hospital after the original assault, died when his car crashed into one driven by Joanna's father, in which the eleven-year-old Joanna was a passenger. After momentary unconsciousness, the young Joanna seems to have survived the crash.
A silent Joanna is seen reflecting what has happened to her. She seems to reach an inner resolution of these questions. An alternative ending included on the DVD release more straightforwardly supports the interpretation that Annie's soul has been placed in Joanna's body. Sarah Michelle Gellar as Joanna Mills Sam Shepard as Ed Mills Peter O'Brien as Terry Stahl Kate Beahan as Michelle Adam Scott as Kurt Darrian Mcclanahan as Young Joanna Mills Reviews of the film were negative with 16% positive on Rotten Tomatoes; the biggest criticism was the slow pace. The artistic tone and cinematography of the film were praised, as was the film as a whole by some, though the average rating was a 3.9/10. The Return opened with what distributor Rogue Pictures called a "very disappointing" $4,800,000 weekend gross. Except for trailers and TV spots, there was no publicity nor a premiere for the film, as Sarah Michelle Gellar was busy shooting the movie Possession in Vancouver, British Columbia; the film only earned $7.7 million.
Worldwide, it made $14,949,851. Official site The Return on IMDb The Return at Rotten Tomatoes The Return at Box Office Mojo
The Pentagon Wars
The Pentagon Wars is a 1998 comedy film from HBO, directed by Richard Benjamin and based on the book The Pentagon Wars: Reformers Challenge the Old Guard by Colonel James G. Burton, USAF. Major General Partridge is in charge of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle project, in development for seventeen years at a cost of $14 billion. In an effort to curtail excessive spending by The Pentagon, Congress appoints an outsider, U. S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel James Burton to observe the testing of several new weapons in development, including the Bradley. Burton becomes disillusioned by the way the process works in an atmosphere of corruption and inefficiency, he delves into the mountains of paper documenting the Bradley's development history and comes to the conclusion that it is "a troop transport that can't carry troops, a reconnaissance vehicle that's too conspicuous to do reconnaissance, a quasi-tank that has less armor than a snowblower, but has enough ammo to take out half of DC". Burton's attempts to test the Bradley under combat conditions are obstructed by Partridge and his two cronies, Colonel Bock and Major Sayers.
But Burton is contacted by Brigadier General Robert L. Smith, the frustrated officer in charge of the vehicle's development program, who feeds him evidence on condition of anonymity. Burton confronts Master Sergeant Dalton, in charge of the testing range, who admits being ordered to manipulate the test results, but bitterly tells Colonel Burton that every officer who tries to conduct honest tests buckles under the pressure to gain his next promotion; when Burton refuses to approve the Bradley without a live-fire test, insisting that the current version of the vehicle is a death trap, he loses his position and is ordered to Alaska. The report he is asked to write on the vehicle is rewritten by one of Partridge's lieutenants. Following the army rule book, Burton sends a memorandum referencing the original report to everyone, technically involved in the project; this information leaks to the press and the resulting scandal leads to a Congressional Hearing. The hearing is humiliating to Partridge, ignorant of the Bradley overall and has to refer to the project documentation in order to answer simple questions.
The skeptical House Committee goes on to order the test. The night before, Burton visits the barracks on the range and tells Dalton and his men that, regardless of whatever orders they have received from Partridge, it is their duty to their fellow soldiers to make sure the test is performed honestly. On the day itself, Partridge and Sayers expect to confirm their story that it is safe, but Dalton and his men have made sure that the Bradley is not tampered with; when hit by an anti-tank round, the vehicle explodes stampedes the audience. Afterwards Dalton and his men confide to Burton that they had become convinced of his sincerity and were with him since. A postscript explains that the Bradley was extensively redesigned in response to Burton's demands, which reduced casualties from its use during the Persian Gulf War. However, the system was too strong: Partridge and his cronies earned their promotions and lucrative private sector jobs, while Colonel Burton was forced to retire. James G. Burton, The Pentagon Wars: Reformers Challenge the Old Guard, ISBN 1-55750-081-9 Tim Weiner's review, "Corrupt From Top to Bottom", New York Times, October 3, 1993 The Pentagon Wars on IMDb
Baywatch is an American action drama series about the Los Angeles County lifeguards who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles County, starring David Hasselhoff. The show was cancelled after its first season on NBC, but survived through syndication and became one of the most-watched television shows in the world; the show ran in its original title and format from 1989 to 1999. From 1999 to 2001, with a setting change and large cast overhaul, it was known as Baywatch: Hawaii. Baywatch premiered on NBC in 1989, but was cancelled after only one season, when it placed 73rd out of 103 shows in the seasonal ratings, because the studio, GTG, went out of business. Due to high production costs, GTG was unable to finance the series any further. Feeling the series still had potential, David Hasselhoff, one of the principal actors, along with creators and executive producers Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, Gregory J. Bonann, revived it for the first-run syndication market in 1991. Hasselhoff was given the title of executive producer for his work on bringing the show back.
The series was hugely successful internationally. The show led to a spin-off, Baywatch Nights, three direct-to-video films: Baywatch the Movie: Forbidden Paradise, Baywatch: White Thunder at Glacier Bay, Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding. Babewatch is a satirical term sometimes used in connection with the series, used by Mad, by commentators, as the title for a series of adult films with crossover characters which ran between 1994 and 1999 in 13 parts. In 1999, with production costs rising in Los Angeles, the syndication market shrinking, the plan was to move the show to Australia and launch Baywatch Down Under. A pilot was filmed, but the series was stopped when residents of Avalon put forth strong objections, including potential damage to a fragile ecosystem. Pittwater Council permanently barred all future filming; as an alternative to Australia, Hawaii offered the producers large financial incentives to move the show to the islands, in season 10, Baywatch: Hawaii was launched. Baywatch filmed for two seasons in Hawaii, from 1999 until 2001.
The proposal to relocate Baywatch to Hawaii rather than Australia was initiated by April Masini in a telephone call to executive producer Greg Bonann. The deal to provide the incentives necessary to secure the series was presented to Governor Ben Cayetano by Al Masini and April Masini, Tony Vericella, president of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, Cayetano's executive assistant, Joe Blanco; the agreement required the production to change its name from Baywatch to Baywatch: Hawaii, hire local leads, film in the state for at least two years, guaranteeing 44 episodes, each at a cost of about US$870,000, 60% of, to be spent in Hawaii. Baywatch revolved around the work of a team of lifeguards and their interpersonal relationships, with plots centering on dangers related to the beach and other activities pertinent to the California beach lifestyle. Topics from earthquakes and shark attacks to serial killers served as plot conflicts on the show. Saving people from drowning was one of the most typical situations used in the shows.
The original NBC theme was "Save Me", performed by Peter Cetera, with Bonnie Raitt on guitar and Richard Sterban, bass singer for The Oak Ridge Boys, as one of the background vocalists. The song is from Cetera's 1988 album One More Story. On some DVD releases of the first series "Save Me" was replaced with "Above the Waterline" by Kim Carnes. For the syndicated series, the new theme "I'm Always Here" replaced "Save Me". An instrumental version of "I'm Always Here" was used as the ending theme of seasons 6 to 9. A different instrumental version was used as the theme for season 10; some parts of the lyrics of "I'm Always Here" are written on Jimi's grave. When the NBC episodes were added to the Baywatch syndication package, the opening theme was changed to a shorter version of "I'm Always Here", with some images of the original NBC opening retained. David Hasselhoff sang the Kevin Savigar–Todd Cerney tune "Current of Love" as the ending theme of Seasons 2–4. Together with Laura Branigan he sang "I Believe" as the ending theme of Season 5.
On the DVD edition of the second season, the original main title theme is replaced by the song "Strong Enough", performed by Evan Olson. The theme for season 11 was called "Let Me Be the One" written and performed by Carlos Villalobos, Glenn Medeiros and sung by Fiji; the spin-off series, Baywatch Nights theme song was performed by saxophonist Alfonzo Blackwell. "The Nights Will Never Be the Same" was featured on his 1996 sophomore CD release. Alfonzo Blackwell was featured with David Hasselhoff each week in the ending credits of the TV series. Other versions of "I'm Always Here" include: An instrumental version of the song appears in the episode "Battles" of the UK television programme Spaced; the Swedish electronic musical group Sunblock released it as a single. A soundalike version was used in the Hey Arnold! Episode "Summer Love" over the end credits. Swedish group Konditorns recorded the theme with Swedish lyrics for their album K2, titled "Jag är alltid här", a direct translation of the phrase "I'm always here".
The film adaptation is a comedy and directed by Jeremy Garelick. Garelick's previous successes include the rewrite of The Hangover. In September 2012, it was announced that Reno 911! co-creator and star Robert Ben
New York City
The City of New York called either New York City or New York, is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles, New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 20,320,876 people in its 2017 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 23,876,155 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural and media capital of the world, exerts a significant impact upon commerce, research, education, tourism, art and sports; the city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.
Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, each of, a separate county of the State of New York. The five boroughs – Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island – were consolidated into a single city in 1898; the city and its metropolitan area constitute the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. New York City is home to more than 3.2 million residents born outside the United States, the largest foreign-born population of any city in the world. In 2017, the New York metropolitan area produced a gross metropolitan product of US$1.73 trillion. If greater New York City were a sovereign state, it would have the 12th highest GDP in the world. New York is home to the highest number of billionaires of any city in the world. New York City traces its origins to a trading post founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624 on Lower Manhattan.
The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790, it has been the country's largest city since 1790. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the U. S. by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is an international symbol of the U. S. and its ideals of liberty and peace. In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a global node of creativity and entrepreneurship, social tolerance, environmental sustainability, as a symbol of freedom and cultural diversity. Many districts and landmarks in New York City are well known, with the city having three of the world's ten most visited tourist attractions in 2013 and receiving a record 62.8 million tourists in 2017. Several sources have ranked New York the most photographed city in the world. Times Square, iconic as the world's "heart" and its "Crossroads", is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, a major center of the world's entertainment industry.
The names of many of the city's landmarks and parks are known around the world. Manhattan's real estate market is among the most expensive in the world. New York is home to the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia, with multiple signature Chinatowns developing across the city. Providing continuous 24/7 service, the New York City Subway is the largest single-operator rapid transit system worldwide, with 472 rail stations. Over 120 colleges and universities are located in New York City, including Columbia University, New York University, Rockefeller University, which have been ranked among the top universities in the world. Anchored by Wall Street in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York has been called both the most economically powerful city and the leading financial center of the world, the city is home to the world's two largest stock exchanges by total market capitalization, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. In 1664, the city was named in honor of the Duke of York.
James's older brother, King Charles II, had appointed the Duke proprietor of the former territory of New Netherland, including the city of New Amsterdam, which England had seized from the Dutch. During the Wisconsinan glaciation, 75,000 to 11,000 years ago, the New York City region was situated at the edge of a large ice sheet over 1,000 feet in depth; the erosive forward movement of the ice contributed to the separation of what is now Long Island and Staten Island. That action left bedrock at a shallow depth, providing a solid foundation for most of Manhattan's skyscrapers. In the precolonial era, the area of present-day New York City was inhabited by Algonquian Native Americans, including the Lenape, whose homeland, known as Lenapehoking, included Staten Island; the first documented visit into New York Harbor by a European was in 1524 by Giovanni da Verrazzano, a Florentine explorer in the service of the French crown. He named it Nouvelle Angoulême. A Spanish expedition led by captain Estêvão Gomes, a Portuguese sailing for Emperor Charles V, arrived in New York Harbor in January 1525 and charted the mouth of the Hudson River, which he named Río de San Antonio.
The Padrón Rea
The Departed is a 2006 American crime-thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs; the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, with Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson and Alec Baldwin in supporting roles. The film takes place in Boston. Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello plants Colin Sullivan as a mole within the Massachusetts State Police; when both sides realize the situation and Costigan each attempt to discover the other's identity before they are found out. The character of Colin Sullivan is loosely based on corrupt FBI agent John Connolly while the character of Frank Costello is based on gangster Whitey Bulger; the Departed was a critical and commercial success and won several awards, including four Oscars at the 79th Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing. In South Boston some years ago, Colin Sullivan, a young boy, is introduced to organized crime by Irish-American mob boss Frank Costello in the Irish neighborhood.
Over the years, Costello grooms him to become a mole inside the Massachusetts State Police. Sullivan is accepted into the Special Investigations Unit. Before graduating from the state police academy, Billy Costigan is recruited by Captain Queenan and Staff Sergeant Dignam to go undercover, as his family ties to organized crime make him a perfect infiltrator, he drops out of the academy and serves time in prison on a fake assault charge to increase his credibility. Each man infiltrates his respective target organization. Sullivan begins a romance with police psychiatrist Madolyn Madden. Costigan sees her as a condition of his probation, they begin a relationship, too. After Costello escapes a sting operation, each mole becomes aware of the other's existence. Sullivan asks Costello for information to identify the informer. Costigan follows Costello into a porn theater, where Costello gives Sullivan an envelope containing personal information on his crew members. Costigan chases Sullivan through Chinatown.
When it is over, neither man knows the other's identity. Sullivan has Queenan tailed to a meeting with Costigan on the roof of an empty building. Queenan orders Costigan to flee. Queenan falls to his death; when they exit, Costigan pretends. During their escape from the police, crew member Delahunt is shot, he dies. Television news states that Delahunt had been an undercover cop, working for the Boston Police Department, but Costello does not believe the story, as he is too angry that the crew failed to properly dispose of the body. With Queenan's absence, Dignam resigns. Using Queenan's phone, Sullivan reaches Costigan. Sullivan learns from Queenan's diary of Costello's role as an informant for the FBI, causing him to worry about his own identity being revealed. With Costigan's help, Costello is traced to a cocaine drop-off, where a gunfight erupts between Costello's crew and the police. Most of the crew are killed. Costello, confronted by Sullivan, admits. Costello tries to shoot Sullivan to evade capture.
With Costello dead, Sullivan is applauded the next day by everyone on the force. In good faith, Costigan comes to Sullivan for restoration of his true identity and to be paid for his work, but notices the envelope from Costello on Sullivan's desk and flees—finally realizing Sullivan is the enemy. Fearing retaliation, Sullivan erases Costigan's records from the police computer system. Sullivan is unaware that Madolyn had an affair with Costigan when she tells Sullivan that she is pregnant with a son. Sullivan finds her listening to a CD from Costigan containing incriminating recorded conversations between Costello and Sullivan, she locks herself in their bedroom. Sullivan unsuccessfully attempts to assuage her suspicions, he contacts Costigan, who reveals that Costello had recorded each of their conversations and that his attorney arranged for Costigan to take possession of the recordings. With Costigan determined to implicate Sullivan, the two agree to meet at the building where Queenan died.
On the roof, Costigan catches handcuffs him. As Costigan had secretly arranged, Trooper Brown appears on the roof as well. Shocked, Brown draws his gun on Costigan, who attempts to justify his actions by exposing Sullivan as Costello's mole. Costigan leads his hostage, to the elevator; when it reaches the ground floor, Trooper Barrigan shoots Costigan in the head shoots Brown, afterward reveals to Sullivan that Costello had more than one mole in the police. Sullivan kills Barrigan. At state police headquarters, Sullivan identifies Barrigan as the mole and has Costigan posthumously given the Medal of Merit. At Costigan's funeral, Sullivan notices; as they leave the gravesite, Sullivan attempts to ask her about the baby. Sullivan returns from the grocery store to his apartment, only to be ambushed by Dignam who shoots and kills him as he enters. After Dignam leaves, a rat symbolically runs along the balcony railing. In January 2003, Warner Bros. producer Brad Grey, actor/producer Brad Pitt bou