Donnie Brasco 1997

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Al Pacino and Johnny Depp head an all-star cast in this brilliant gangland thriller about an undercover FBI agent who befriends a hitman to gain entry to the mob.

Starring:
Al Pacino,Johnny Depp
Runtime:
2 hours 1 minute

Donnie Brasco

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Mike Newell
Starring Al Pacino, Johnny Depp
Supporting actors Bruno Kirby, Michael Madsen, James Russo, Anne Heche
Studio TriStar Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on 21 Aug 2003
Format: DVD
Based on a true story that is so amazing and shocking, "Donnie Brasco" is a fantastic film that hooks you from start to finish. With stars like Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen and many more, this is a movie that should be seen by all.
FBI Joseph D. Pistone is an undercover agent who's goal is to get into the violent and unpredictable mob world. He goes the by name of Donnie Brasco. Soon he is discovered by Lefty Ruggiero, who sees potential in the kid and is not aware of who Brasco really is. He brings him into the family and the world of the Mafia. It doesn't take long for Joseph to get so deep into the action that he starts to become one of them. This unforgettable picture shows us that sometimes you can become what you chase if you're in too long, and that in order to catch a monster you may become one yourself in the process.
I became addicted to this film in no time. It's one of my favourites that I have seen over and over again, and it hasn't gotten old yet. The acting and directing is all fantastic. Al Pacino really shines, as always, and Johnny Depp gives an Academy Award performance as the FBI agent. He actually spent time with the real Joseph Pistone to get his character down, as he did when he was working on "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and spent time with the real Hunter S. Thompson. Michael Madsen is also terrific and can once again send chills down our spines just as he did in "Reservoir Dogs."
All in all, "Donnie Brasco" is an outstanding picture on all fronts. Filled with drama and suspense, this is a film that will take you deep into the world of the Mafia. The only question is how far would you go? And would you risk becoming one of them when it's all said and done? Excellent all the way!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jan 2003
Format: DVD
Goodfellas takes all the plaudits, and deservedly so, as being the third best gangster film of all time (behind Godfathers I & II) but Donnie Brasco has to make the Top Five, surely. This is an utterly brilliant, thrilling, amusing and moving tale based on the true story of an undercover cop (Joe Pistone, Johnny Depp) who befriends an ageing Mafia gangster (Lefty, Al Pacino) and then is torn between good and evil. This film has never received the accolades it deserved. OK, the story isn't entirely original, but the casting and acting is first class. This is probably the film where Depp proved he was more than just a pretty-boy actor and turns in a towering performance as Pistone, who slowly becomes his gangster alias, Donnie Brasco. The ever watchable Pacino is as good as he is in Scarface and Carlito's Way, though for once the viewer sympathises with rather than fears him. Another superbly cast character is Michael Madsen (Mr Blonde from Reservoir Dogs) who is just born to play bad-guy roles. There is plenty of amusing dialogue, too, especially between Lefty, Sonny Black and Brasco. This isn't a comedy though, far from it. It is a superb piece of drama from Mike Newell, best known for Four Weddings And A Funeral but has done little since.
The extras are OK but nothing too special. It's the film that you will buy this DVD for. An underrated classic.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "bulleetz37235" on 6 May 2005
Format: DVD
Al Pacino has starred alongside many youth actors, from Chris O Donnell (Scent of a Woman), Keanu Reeves (The Devil's Advocate) and Colin Farrell (The Recruit) but I don't think he has ever been more compatible on the screen with any of these, than what he was with Johnny Depp in this superb film.
He plays Lefty. A small time gangster who decides to take young Donnie Brasco under his wing and show him the ropes of the mafia world. Unaware of the fact that he is actually an undercover fed trying to land himself the trust of the mob, so he can eventually catch the boss.
This film is dramatic, tense and offers many sentimental messages regarding respect, friendship and mainly trust. As Donnie slowly grows fond of Lefty and creates a fickle bond with him it shows a change of loyalties as his marriage fails, and his mission is jeopardised by the friendly compassion he has developed for Lefty.
Al Pacino is on top form and shows he has a sensitive side to him, and Depp offers sound support. Mike Newell directs subtly and with the detailed styles of other great sensitive directors such as Jonathan Demme and Steven Spielberg.
I urge you to watch this exceptionally good film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar 2001
Format: DVD
Donnie Brasco is surprisingly involving and memorable, and is the type of film that could be watched again and again, without getting bored, such is the quality of the script and the level of attention to detail. Above all, it feels real, which owes a lot to the research undertaken, using the real life undercover agent that Depp plays, as a research consultant in the making of the film. The story, above all is one of divided loyalties, which causes increasing tension in Depps life as he becomes more and more involved with his new aqcuaintances. The relationship between Depp and Pacino also develops well through the storyline, and provokes thoughts of the similarities between the two characters, despite their different codes of dignity, and differing backgrounds. In addition to the excellent lead performances (Depp is surprisingly adept!) lookout for an excellent supporting performance by Michael Madsen as Sonny Black.
Picture quality is good, and the trailer and making of documentary are included (though the latter is a little short - 7 mins long).
Overall, this is a film which separates itself from run of the mill gangster films by the volatility of the situation, having an FBI agent infiltrating the mafia, the additional detail of the effect on Depp's family life, and the excellent portrayal of what is amazingly, a true story.
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