Based on a true story|In 1978, the US government waged a war against organized crime. One man was left behind the lines.
|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.|
"...may rightfully take its place beside the best films of this genre. Pat Collins, WWOR-TV
"Two thumbs up! Johnny Depp and Al Pacino have terrific chemistry... Siskel & Ebert
"...a bang-up job of deglamorizing the mob. Rita Kempley, Washington Post
Editor's NoteJoe 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).
Donnie Brasco - DVD
By: Christopher Null filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 4/27/2007 7:26 PM
|Well, someone had to wrest the monopoly on gangster movies from the hands of Scorsese and Coppola. So why not Mike Newell, of Four Weddings and a Funeral fame, to direct it? And why not put Johnny Depp in a starring role? And Anne Heche -- you know, Ellen's girlfriend -- as his wife!? It sounds bizarre, but put this group together with Monster of Acting Pacino and Quiz Show scribe Paul Attanasio and you've got a pleasant surprise on your hands, not to mention one of the longest-running films at the box office this year....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|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|
Plot SummaryAl 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.
|Paul Attanasio, Nominee, Best Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium|
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