Donnie Brasco (Special Edition)

Directed By: Mike Newell Starring: Johnny Depp Al Pacino

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Product Overview

An fbi agent befriends a lowly hitman to gain entry to the mob. In the mid 1970's, fbi agent joe pistone infiltrated the violent mafia underworld, getting closer to its inner circle than any U.S. Law officer ever had. This suspenseful tale of friendship, honor and betrayal is based on a true story.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 40143973
UPC 043396052727
UPC 14 00043396052727
Format DVD
Release Date 12/21/2004
Rating Rating
Keywords
Cops
Crime
Friends
Justice
Organized Crime
Road To Ruin
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
True Story
Editors Note
Note Joe Pistone (Johnny Depp) is an FBI mole who integrates himself into the Mafia pecking order by posing as "jewel man" Donnie Brasco. He finds his loyalties divided when Lefty Ruggiero, a jaded hit man, takes him on as a protégé and places real trust in him. The two men form a friendship--and a criminal partnership--that jeopardizes Brasco's mission and obscures the boundaries between the law and the underworld. The film is based on the autobiography DONNIE BRASCO, MY UNDERCOVER LIFE IN THE MAFIA by former undercover agent Joseph D. Pistone. Directed by Mike Newell (FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL) and also starring Bruno Kirby (THE FRESHMAN, THIS IS SPINAL TAP), Michael Madsen (RESERVOIR DOGS) and Anne Heche (WAG THE DOG).
Plot Summary
Summary Al Pacino and Johnny Depp are terrific together in this excellent Mafia drama from director Mike Newell. Pacino, who played undercover cop Frank Serpico 25 years before, now becomes the hunted Mafia man whom undercover cop Johnny Depp is after. The film was coproduced by Barry Levinson and the screenplay was written by Paul Attanasio, two of the people responsible for the extraordinary television police drama HOMICIDE.
Reviews
USA Today "...Downbeat, dark-humored and disturbing....[The film] delivers the somber flipside to CASINO's snazzy high rollers..." -- 4 out of 4 stars 02/28/1997 p.1D
New York Times "...Crackling good....The best crime movie in a long while....It's full of life..." 02/28/1997 p.C4
Entertainment Weekly "...A wonderfully dense, clever, and moving gangland thriller....[An] engrossing movie..." -- Rating: A- 03/07/1997 p.44-5
Los Angeles Times "...An ambitious film with an effective and modulated performance by Al Pacino..." 02/28/1997 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...For Johnny Depp, DONNIE BRASCO breaks new ground; he seems a little older here, a little wearier, and he makes the transition from stoolie to friend one subtle step at a time..." 02/28/1997 p.37
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] thoughtful character study of male loyalty..." 07/01/2007 p.26
Directors
Mike Newell
Actors
Johnny Depp
Al Pacino
Cast & Crew
Al Pacino - Actor
Anne Heche - Actor
Bruno Kirby - Actor
James Russo - Actor
Johnny Depp - Actor
Michael Madsen - Actor
Joseph D. Pistone & Richard Woodley - Based on Book By
Joseph D. Pistone, Richard Woodley - Based on Book By
Mike Newell - Director
Peter Sova - Director of Photography
Jon Gregory - Editor
Budd Carr - Executive Music Producer
Allan Mason - Executive Music Producer
Patrick McCormick - Executive Producer
Alan Greenspan - Executive Producer
Patrick Doyle - Musical Score
Loius DiGiaimo - Producer
Mark Johnson - Producer
Barry Levinson - Producer
Donald Graham Burt - Production Designed By
Paul Attanasio - Screenplay
Paul Attanasio - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1997
Catalog ID 05272
UPC 00043396052727
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 127 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
2.35:1
Awards
Oscar (1998) Paul Attanasio, Nominee, Best Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium
Reviews
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review The true soul of the New York mob is portrayed in Donnie Brasco, a first-class Mafia thriller that is also in its way a love story--perhaps director Mike Newell's best... The glitz and the clothes are synthetic, the smiles are fake, but the fears and the needs are real...
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review ... the crackling good Donnie Brasco, the best crime movie in a long while, is full of...surprises as it leads [Al] Pacino and Johnny Depp through a fine-tuned tale of deception.... In the end it's a sordid and deadly story. But along the way, it's full of life.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Janet Maslin
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Special Edition, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Pacino,Al
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Gene Shalit, Today Show A killer gangster picture!
Pat Collins, WWOR-TV ...may rightfully take its place beside the best films of this genre.
Siskel & Ebert Two thumbs up! Johnny Depp and Al Pacino have terrific chemistry...
Rita Kempley, Washington Post ...a bang-up job of deglamorizing the mob.

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