EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: Brian De Palma attends the Chairman's Reception during the 2019 Hamptons International Film Festival on October 12, 2019 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Hamptons International Film Festival)
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There Are Two Movies Brian De Palma Considers The 'Pinnacle' Of His Career
Brian De Palma's career has had its ups and downs, but he's often cited as one of the leading figures of the New Hollywood era. In a 2020 interview with the Associated Press, De Palma was asked whether he thought of his career as "having a pinnacle."
He said, "You get older. You have a very good creative period, but if you're making decent movies after you're 60, it's kind of a miracle." When asked to pinpoint the pinnacle of his own career, De Palma said, "In my mid-50s doing 'Carlito's Way' and then 'Mission: Impossible.'"
"Carlito's Way" reunited him with two former collaborators, Al Pacino and Sean Penn, for a kind of spiritual sequel to "Scarface," while "Mission: Impossible" paired him with Tom Cruise, the world's biggest movie star, for the start of a new blockbuster franchise that is still going to this day. De Palma said, "It doesn't get much better than that.”