Written by Mr. Mouseburger 14th May 2006
Kindly submitted by mjscarface
The past will always come to haunt you. That is the moral of Carlito's Way and Al Pacino learns this costly lesson. His slimy lawyer has already landed him in the shit by involving him in a gangster's murder.
Now, Carlito decides to split with whatever money he has left and his pregnant girlfriend. Unfortunately, the mob is on his case and they end up chasing him along the streets of New York, on and off trains and through Grand Central station.
The four mobsters are all taken out by Carlito and just as he seems in the clear, and heading to meet his gal at the platform for an uplifting end to the film, things turn darker.
Carlito has forgotten about another mobster he'd previously pissed off. Obnoxious hoodlum, Benny Blanco, along with Carlito's bodyguard both show up out of the blue and Benny is pretty miffed with having been thrown down some stairs by Carlito earlier. So, to exact revenge, he puts a few bullets into the hero, killing him.
Additional Note from Old Bluffer
This is an especially powerful death, as it is actually shown at the beginning of the film. It is testimony to Pacino's acting and the involving script that you spend much of the film desperately hoping he's somehow going to change his fate - even though you know in your heart he is doomed.