Top 24 The Departed Movie Facts

Following is our collection of The Departed facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of The Departed film message.

By Martin Scorsese every characters death is foreshadowed by various "X" shapes appearing in many scenes. The characters in these scenes end up dead.
By Martin Scorsese every characters death is foreshadowed by various "X" shapes appearing in many scenes. The characters in these scenes end up dead.
An X on the screen forshaddows each characters death
An X on the screen forshaddows each characters death

The Departed Trivia

These trivia from Reddit and other sources can be used as questions with answers in quizzes or games.

  1. Leo's character attacks another after being teased for drinking cranberry juice. Cranberry juice is the official state beverage of Massachusetts.

  2. " Martin Scorsese had a hidden "X" somewhere in the frame when someone is killed or talks about murder to mark the spot.

  3. "Dot Com" from 30 Rock staring down Leo in The Departed (2006)

The Departed Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • The CD that Costigan gives to the psychiatrist is in an Exile On Main Street case, a Rolling Stones album. "Let It Loose", a song from the album, is played in the movie. Furthermore, Scorsese used "Gimme Shelter" in the film, as well as in Casino and Goodfellas.

The Departed Hidden Details

1 - ' Costello buys a young Sullivan groceries. The same groceries are seen again at the end of the movie, as Scorsese uses them to represent the concept of original sin [MIC]
' Costello buys a young Sullivan groceries. The same groceries are seen again at the end of the movie, as Scorsese uses them to represent the concept of original sin [MIC]

We consistently see X's in the frame with Costigan, Sullivan, Queenan and Costello, but not Dignam.

Costello instructs his crew to write down their identity numbers (SSN, bank account, etc.), DiCaprio's character (an undercover agent) says "I don't have a bank account." Delahunt says "I'm in the cash business myself." Later it's found out Delahunt, too, is an undercover agent.

After his induction meeting with Captain Queenan, Matt Damon misses immediately identifying who he'll be working to identify for the next 2 hours and who the rat is working for the Police (Dicaprio), because he is more interested in the receptionist's breasts.

1 - Costello knows about Colin's reassignment before Colin tells him, letting it slip that Costello has a second rat in the State Police.
Costello knows about Colin's reassignment before Colin tells him, letting it slip that Costello has a second rat in the State Police.

Has an extra who is frightened by the three-volley salute

1 - When Colin and Billy are both in front of Queenan's door, the secretary leans forward when talking to Colin to show off her breasts. As soon as he leaves and it's just Billy she straightens up and talks to him coldly, contrasting how the two characters are treated by women.
When Colin and Billy are both in front of Queenan's door, the secretary leans forward when talking to Colin to show off her breasts. As soon as he leaves and it's just Billy she straightens up and talks to him coldly, contrasting how the two characters are treated by women.

After Frank is shot it shows that he lost control of his bladder upon death

1 - Gwen is reading a book named "Getting Pregnant" before seducing Francis. She's trying to start a family with Francis, despite his career.
Gwen is reading a book named "Getting Pregnant" before seducing Francis. She's trying to start a family with Francis, despite his career.

In the final scene of The Departed, the contents of Collin Sullivan (Matt Damon)'s grocery bag are the same things given to by Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) as a child and by his fiancee Madolyn (Vera Farmiga) earlier in the film.

Infamous phone scene, Sullivan is sitting in front of a police report that suggests Costigan's uncle was a rat.

1 - Gives a Wolverine comic to young Colin Sullivan, the comic didn't release until 1989 long after the scene is meant to take place
Gives a Wolverine comic to young Colin Sullivan, the comic didn't release until 1989 long after the scene is meant to take place

Martin Sheen's character goes out of his way to mention his son is at Notre Dame, a call back to The West Wing, in which Sheen's character was a devout Notre Dame fan

1 - Madolyn asks Sullivan if we wants to talk about his impotence while holding a banana
Madolyn asks Sullivan if we wants to talk about his impotence while holding a banana

A character eventually takes on the teethy appearance of a rat.

1 - - Scenes presented out of chronological order.
- Scenes presented out of chronological order.

Jack Nicholson is clearly hitting the pool table with a boot, instead of Leo's injured hand.

The Departed poster
The Departed poster

The Departed Plot

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of The Departed. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director Martin Scorsese
Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg
IMDB score 8.5