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Carlito's Way

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Carlito's Way]
Carlitos way.jpg
Cinema poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Brian De Palma
Release Date 1993
Language English
Studio White Universal Pictures
Epic Productions
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Carlito Brigante Al Pacino
David Kleinfeld Sean Penn
Gail Penelope Ann Miller
Benny Blanco John Leguizamo
Pachanga Luis Guzmán
Steffie Ingrid Rogers
Vinnie Taglialucci Joseph Siravo
Norwalk James Rebhorn
Lalin Viggo Mortensen
Sonny Manzanero Frank Ferrara

Carlito's Way is a 1993 gangster film that marked the second collaboration between Al Pacino and director Brian De Palma following Scarface (1983). Set in the late 1970's, the film stars Al Pacino as a gangster who is granted an early release from prison and is determined not to go back to his old criminal ways, but is pulled back in by his corrupt lawyer (Sean Penn) among others. The film was adapted from a series of novels by Edwin Torres, a New York State superior court judge and author, and a direct-to-video prequel, Carlito's Way: Rise to Power was released in 2005.

The following weapons were used in the film Carlito's Way:


Auto-Ordnance M1911A1

While with his cousin, Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) takes a chrome plated Auto-Ordnance M1911A1 with pearl grips from one of the thug's waistband to shoot his way out of the bad drug deal. If you look closely at Carlito's chrome 1911 in some scenes, you can see that it has a 9mm caliber barrel and magazine, which was likely used because .45 blanks don't cycle well. It also has a beveled magazine well.

The Auto-Ordnance M1911A1 from this movie was eventually sold in a 2018 auction by Heritage Auctions.

An Auto-Ordnance M1911A1 (9x19mm) from Carlito's Way; the weapon pictured here is the actual screen-used weapon carried by Al Pacino in the film. (Image comes from this weapon's 2018 Heritage Auctions listing.
Opposite view of the Auto-Ordnance M1911A1 (9x19mm) from Carlito's Way


A thug reaches for a lighter revealing his Auto-Ordnance M1911A1.
Carlito takes the Auto-Ordnance M1911A1 from the thug after knocking him out.
Carlito fires the Auto-Ordnance M1911A1. You can get a good view of it in the mirror's reflection.
Carlito runs out of ammo in his Auto-Ordnance M1911A1.
Carlito checks the Auto-Ordnance M1911A1 only to find it empty. If you look closely, you can see the stamp down the magazine, making it a 9mm.
Carlito pretends to reload the Auto-Ordnance M1911A1. You can see the magazine stamp more clearly here.
"Here come the pain!" Carlito gets ready to try and escape with no bullets.
Carlito wipes his fingerprints off of the Auto-Ordnance M1911A1 before he throws it away, although you can see above that he also put his fingerprints on the magazine.

Beretta 92F

Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) uses a Beretta 92F with the finish worn off the end of the barrel as his personal weapon for the rest of the film.

The use of this particular Beretta model is anachronistic as the film takes place in 1975 and the 92F wasn't produced until 1983.

Beretta 92F - 9x19mm
Carlito checks the magazine of his Beretta 92F.
Carlito puts the magazine back in the Beretta 92F. Note the barrel is shiny at the tip as the finish has been worn off.
Carlito chambers his Beretta 92F.
Carlito Brandishes his Beretta 92F. Note the old style single white line painted on the rear sight as opposed to the twin dots that appear on modern models.
Carlito rides the escalator while firing his Beretta 92F.
Carlito turns around to fire his Beretta 92F at the other Italians.
Carlito keeps his eyes open as he fires his Beretta 92F, muzzle flashing.
Carlito presses his gun into the stomach of one of the mobsters trying to kill him. You can see that he is really pressing the gun into him as the slide comes out of battery.

Beretta Cheetah

Sonny Manzanero (Frank Ferrara) carries a Beretta Cheetah in the final shootout.

Beretta 84 (earlier version with round trigger guard) .380 ACP
Manzanero fires his Beretta Cheetah.
Manzanero falls over the escalator holding his Beretta Cheetah.

Browning BDA 380

During the bar shootout, Quisqueya (Rick Aviles) tries to shoot Carlito (Al Pacino) with a Browning BDA 380, but in vain as he gets killed by Carlito.

Note: its use in the film is anachronistic, because Carlito's Way takes place in 1975, and the BDA 380 was not introduced until two years later in 1977.

Browning BDA-380 - .380 ACP
Quisqueya (Rick Aviles) fires his BDA 380 at Carlito (Al Pacino).

Browning Hi-Power

Vincent Taglialucci (Joseph Siravo) fires a standard Browning Hi-Power with nickel plating in the final shootout.

Browning Hi-Power with stainless finish - 9x19mm Parabellum
Vincent Taglialucci staggers after Carlito, Browning Hi-Power in hand.

Colt MK IV Series 80

Pachanga (Luis Guzmán) uses a blued Series 80 as his sidearm, as do the other bouncers in Carlito's Club. He most notably uses it to threaten Lalin (Viggo Mortensen), an old acquaintance of Carlito's, and Benny Blanco from the Bronx (John Leguizamo).

Note: The appearance of this gun is an anachronism as these models weren't available until 1983, while the movie takes place in 1975.

Colt MK IV Series 80 - .45 ACP.
Pachanga cocks the hammer on his Series 80 to threaten Lalin.
Pachanga holds his Series 80 on Benny Blanco.
Bouncers escort unruly attendants out of Carlito's club, wielding Series 80s.

Remington 1866 Derringer

Benny Blanco (John Leguizamo) carries a silver Derringer, an it is taken from him by Pachanga (Luis Guzmán).

Remington 1866 Derringer.
Pachanga has Blanco's Derringer in his right hand.

Ruger Security Six

The officers on the subway carry Ruger Security Six revolvers as their sidearms. The grips are missing the Ruger emblem and look like plastic and not wood. The finish is also not glossy which leads one to believe that the gun is a painted rubber stunt prop.

Ruger Security Six - .357 Magnum
A police officer carries his Ruger Security Six.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 Snub Nose

One of the thugs that Carlito shoots at the bad drug deal manages to fire his nickel Smith & Wesson Model 10 snub. One of the Italians uses one in the final shootout as well.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 snub nose - .38 Special
A thug aims his Smith & Wesson Model 10.
One of the Italians with his Smith & Wesson Model 10.
One of the Italians fires his Smith & Wesson Model 10.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

David Kleinfeld (Sean Penn) uses a nickel-plated Smith & Wesson Model 36 with pearl grips as his personal weapon. Vincent Taglialucci (Joseph Siravo) also uses a suppressed version and Pete Amadesso (Richard Foronjy), one of Vincent's friends, also uses one in the final shootout.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Smith & Wesson Model 36 Nickel plated - .38 Special
Kleinfeld puts his Smith & Wesson Model 36 in Benny Blanco's face.
Carlito places Kleinfeld's Smith & Wesson Model 36 so he can reach for it.
Kleinfeld aims his Smith & Wesson Model 36, which he does not know is empty.
Vincent Taglialucci aims his suppressed Smith & Wesson Model 36. Note the suppressors on revolvers is impossible (except for the Russian Nagant 1895) as the gasses escapes through the gap between the cylinder and barrel which makes it impossible to suppress.
Pete holds his Smith & Wesson Model 36 in the final shootout as he gets hit.
Carlito dumps the rounds he swiped from Kleinfield's weapon when he was not looking. The rounds are Semi-Jacketed Hollow-Points.

Suppressed pistol

Benny Blanco (John Leguizamo) uses an unknown suppressed pistol at the end of the film.

Benny Blanco fires his unknown suppressed pistol.
Side-view of the surpressor.
Another Side-view.

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