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Donnie Brasco (1997)

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An FBI undercover agent infilitrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life to the expense of his regular one.

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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 lead 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. Written by P. Wong <pwong@nt.net>

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In 1978, the US government waged a war against organized crime. One man was left behind the lines. See more »


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Rated R for some strong graphic violence, pervasive strong language and brief nudity and sexuality | See all certifications »

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28 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,660,216 (USA) (28 February 1997)

Gross:

$41,954,997 (USA) (13 June 1997)
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Joseph Pistone's report lists Lefty, Lefty Guns, Lefty Two Guns, Half Cocked, and Horse Cock as false names for Benjamin Ruggiero. See more »

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When Sonny Black is "sent for", he's smoking a cigarette, then throws it on the floor. As he walks off in the next shot, the cigarette is no longer there. See more »

Quotes

Lefty: Whose dat guy?
Nicky: That's Donnie, Don da'jeweler.
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Referenced in Bottoms Up (2006) See more »

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Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
(1843) (uncredited)
Written by David T. Shaw
Arranged by Thomas A. Beckett
The first line sung a cappella by Bruno Kirby
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Gangster movie No. 1
26 May 2005 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

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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