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Carlito's Way: Rise to Power
Release Date: September 2005 (on DVD)
Studio: Universal
Director: Michael Bregman
Writer: Michael Bregman
Cast: Jay Hernandez, Mario Van Peebles, Michael Kelly, Luis Guzmán, Jaclyn DeSantis, Sean Combs, Burt Young
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The Book:
Writer/Judge Edwin Torres wrote two books about Carlito Brigante: "Carlito's Way" and "After Hours". Rise to Power is based on the first book ("Carlito's Way"), while the 1993 movie was based on the other one.

This is the gripping tale of the early years of gangster legend Carlito Brigante (Jay Hernandez). Seduced by the power of the brutal New York underworld, he enters a deadly circle of greed and retribution. Carlito. with his two brothers in crime, Rocco (Michael Kelly) and Earl (Mario Van Peebles), is on the fast-track to becoming Spanish Harlem's ultimate kingpin, but quickly learns that the only way to survive at the top is through loyalty to his friends and respect for the rules of the street.

It's 1969 and Carlito Brigante, Earl and Rocco are in Elmira state prison. Earl suggests that once out they no longer are to do petty jobs for money. They need to go where the money is so begins their reign as Heroin drug lords.

Carlito brings in his childhood friend Colorado into the game. On their quest for power and riches the head of the Italian mob Artie Sr. is told that his son has been kidnapped. He feels that Carlito is somehow connected to this tragedy and must pay. How will Carlito clear his name?

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