This true story follows FBI agent Joe Pistone as he infiltrates the mafia of New York. Befriending Lefty Ruggiero, Pistone (under the name Donnie Brasco) is able to embed himself in a mafia faction led by Sonny Black. Ruggiero and Pistone become tight as the group goes about collecting money for ‘the bosses’. Eventually, the group become big-time when Black himself becomes a boss; all the while, Pistone collects evidence. However, the trials and tribulations of the undercover work become more than Pistone can bear. His marriage falls apart, and to top it off, the mafia suspect a mole in the organization. The real dilemma is afforded to Pistone, who knows if he walks away from the mafia, Ruggiero will be the one punished.
Plot Keywords: mafia / fbi / undercover / fbi-agent / mole
Taglines: Donnie Brasco. Based On A True Story.
Certificate: Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Belgium:KT/EA | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-15/13 | Finland:K-16/13 | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 (bw) | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:18 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:T | Mexico:B | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Russia:0+ | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | United Kingdom:18 | United States:R
Cast: Al Pacino , Johnny Depp , Michael Madsen , Bruno Kirby , James Russo , Anne Heche , Zeljko Ivanek , Gerry Becker , Robert Miano , Brian Tarantina , Rocco Sisto , Zach Grenier , Walt MacPherson , Ronnie Farer , Terry Serpico , Gretchen Mol , Tony Lip , George Angelica , Val Avery , Madison Arnold , Delanie Fitzpatrick , Katie Sagona , Sara Gold , Larry Romano , Tim Blake Nelson , Paul Giamatti , James McCauley , James Bulleit , Andrew Parks , Keenan Shimizu , Rocco Musacchia , Joe Francis , Sal Jenco , Billy Capucilli , Laura Cahill , Doreen Murphy , Elle Alexander , Denise Faye , Elaine del Valle , John Horton , Dan Brennan , LaJuan Carter , Sandy Barber , Joyce Stovall , Frank Pesce , Randy Jurgensen , John Di Benedetto , Richard Zavaglia , Tony Ray Rossi , Edward Black , Gaetano LoGiudice , Carmelo Musacchia , Pat Vecchio , Caleb , Flint Beverage , Frank Bonsangue , Mark Todd Bruner , Christopher Del Gaudio , Stephen Emirzian , Barry Hirschberg , Jim Lavin , Jeff Millstein , Peter O’Hara , Davell j Owens , Lisa Marie Panagos , Garry Pastore , Larry Tobias , Vinny Vella , Edward Williams
Company: Mandalay Entertainment
Country: United States
Language: English , Italian , Japanese
Released Date: 28 Feb 1997 (Canada)
Film Location: Clifton, New Jersey, USA
Runtime: 127 min
Soundmix: SDDS | Dolby Digital
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
paul2001sw-1 » In a world filled with overheated, and frequently overpraised, gangster movies, it seems to me that Mike Newell's 'Donnie Brasco', the story of a cop who goes undercover to infiltrate the mob, is arguably overlooked. Based on real life events, it contains great performances from Johnny Depp and Al Pacino, a complex but coherent plot, addresses universal themes (divided loyalties, the evolution of human relationships and behaviour) and the ending is genuinely moving. Perhaps it's not fast-paced enough for devotees of the genre; more likely it "fails" this audience for its very success in portraying the mafia as fundamentally pathetic, whereas most gangster pictures at least partly buy into the glamorous myth. But for me, this a superior film to Scorcese's 'Goodfellas', with a faint note of very black comedy that sounds behind the slaughter. Recommended.
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