Donnie Brasco

1997

Donnie Brasco

Critics Consensus

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

88%

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Total Count: 57
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True story of FBI agent who infiltrates the mob as Donnie Brasco. He befriends underling Lefty who vouches for him and the two form a deep friendship. Donnie gradually loses himself in his new identity and his real life is turned inside out. Powerhouse performances from both Depp and Pacino with a gritty, true-to-life feel.

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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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Critic Reviews for Donnie Brasco

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (18)

  • This is Depp's coming-of-age role, and he's terrific. Pacino, who's shown more flash than substance recently, reminds us how great he can be when he loses himself inside a character.

    Feb 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • Although perhaps familiar in its outer trappings, Pacino's fine work is the key to the film succeeding to the extent that it does.

    Nov 20, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • A tense, sharp and compelling character study, Newell's film is a worthy addition to the Mob-movie canon.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Unfortunately, the story isn't inventive and Newell's methodical approach to it verges on monotony.

    Aug 14, 2002 | Full Review…
  • A first-class Mafia thriller that is also, in its way, a love story.

    Jun 18, 2002 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • In the tired figure of Lefty, manifest in the craggy icon of Pacino, our sympathies are definitely enlisted, and the theme rings a poignant note.

    Apr 12, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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