Donnie Brasco

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A stark, nuanced portrait of life in organized crime, bolstered by strong performances from Al Pacino and Johnny Depp.

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Joseph Pistone (Johnny Depp) is an FBI agent who has infiltrated one of the major New York Mafia families and is living under the name Donnie Brasco. He develops a relationship with mob hit man Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero (Al Pacino) in order to get deeper under cover, but ends up developing a real friendship with the Mafioso. As their relationship develops, Pistone must decide whether or not to complete his job, knowing that it will lead to the murder of his new friend.

Cast

Al Pacino
as Lefty Ruggiero
Johnny Depp
as Joe Pistone/Donnie Brasco
Michael Madsen
as Sonny Black
Anne Heche
as Maggie Pistone
Zeljko Ivanek
as Tim Curley
Gerry Becker
as Dean Blandford
Zach Grenier
as Dr. Berger
Robert Miano
as Sonny Red
Rocco Sisto
as Richie Gazzo
Ronnie Farer
as Annette
Terry Serpico
as Strip Club Owner
Gretchen Mol
as Sonny's Girlfriend
Tony Lip
as Philly Lucky
Val Avery
as Santos Trafficante
Kate Sagona
as Daughter
Sara Gold
as Daughter
Tim Blake Nelson
as FBI Technician
Paul Giamatti
as FBI Technician
Jim Bulleit
as US Attorney
Andrew Parks
as Hollman
Keenan Shimizu
as Japanese Maitre D'
Rocco Musacchia
as Trafficante's Man
Joe Francis
as Trafficante's Man
Sal Jenco
as Mare Chiaro Bartender
Billy Capucilli
as Communion Party Man
Laura Cahill
as Communion Party Woman
Doreen Murphy
as Mob Girlfriend
Elle Alexander
as Mob Girlfriend
Denise Faye
as Mob Girlfriend
Elaine del Valle
as Mob Girlfriend
John Horton
as FBI Director
Dan Brennan
as FBI Photographer
Frank Pesce
as Wiseguy
Edward Black
as Wiseguy
Pat Vecchio
as Wiseguy
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Audience Reviews for Donnie Brasco

  • Jul 02, 2016
    Watching Johnny Depp as the lead character, an FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate the mob, I have to wonder why he isn't considered one of our greatest film actors of all time. Especially playing opposite Al Pacino in one of his greatest film roles. Then I remember the acting flubs the adventuresome Depp has had in recent years (Black Mass is an exception). This is meticulously well told story. Unlike many other mob movies, this film deglamorizes wise guy life.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2016
    This true to life mobster thriller is bolstered by excellent performances from Depp, Pacino and Madsen. One to watch for mafia fans.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2013
    I'm over a decade and a half late, but I finally watched Donnie Brasco. Went in not knowing a clue about who or what the movie was about, but afterwards I was left feeling stupid. Stupid because I didn't watch such a great mobster/suspense film sooner. It's pretty awesome to see Johnny Depp in a role where he is not playing a pirate or a man with scissors attached to his hands lol; if only he could get back to more of this real life acting. I enjoyed the movie and thought it flowed really well.
    Eric A Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2013
    "Forget about it." Inspired by a true story, Donnie Brasco is a thrilling crime drama that explores the struggle of living a double life. The story follows an FBI agent that goes undercover with the New York mafia, but when he stops reporting in the FBI starts to suspect that he may have been turned. The cast is especially strong and includes Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, and Anne Heche; who all deliver excellent performances. The writing is also very good; particularly the dialog and the character development. A fascinating look at organized crime, Donnie Brasco is an impressive and compelling film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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