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Donnie Brasco -- 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.
Donnie Brasco -- 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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28 February 1997 (USA) See more »
Donnie Brasco. Based On A True Story. See more »
An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Al Pacino ... Lefty

Johnny Depp ... Donnie

Michael Madsen ... Sonny

Bruno Kirby ... Nicky

James Russo ... Paulie

Anne Heche ... Maggie

Zeljko Ivanek ... Tim Curley (as Zeljko Ivanek)

Gerry Becker ... Dean Blandford FBI

Robert Miano ... Sonny Red

Brian Tarantina ... Bruno

Rocco Sisto ... Richie Gazzo

Zach Grenier ... Dr. Berger
Walt MacPherson ... Sheriff
Ronnie Farer ... Annette

Terry Serpico ... Strip Club Owner

Gretchen Mol ... Sonny's Girlfriend
Tony Lip ... Philly Lucky
George Angelica ... Big Trin

Val Avery ... Trafficante
Madison Arnold ... Jilly
Delanie Fitzpatrick ... Daughter

Katie Sagona ... Daughter
Sara Gold ... Daughter

Larry Romano ... Tommy

Tim Blake Nelson ... FBI Technician

Paul Giamatti ... FBI Technician

James McCauley ... FBI Agent (as James Michael McCauley)
James Bulleit ... U.S. Attorney (as Jim Bulleit)

Andrew Parks ... Hollman
Keenan Shimizu ... Japanese Maitre D'
Rocco Musacchia ... Trafficante's Man
Joe Francis ... Trafficante's Man

Sal Jenco ... Mare Chiaro Bartender
Billy Capucilli ... Communion Party Man
Laura Cahill ... Communion Party Woman
Doreen Murphy ... Mob Girlfriend
Elle Alexander ... Mob Girlfriend

Denise Faye ... Mob Girlfriend

Elaine del Valle ... Mob Girlfriend (as Elaine Del Valle)
John Horton ... FBI Director
Dan Brennan ... FBI Photographer
LaJuan Carter ... Singer
Sandy Barber ... Singer
Joyce Stovall ... Singer

Frank Pesce ... Wiseguy

Randy Jurgensen ... Wiseguy
John Di Benedetto ... Wiseguy (as John DiBenedetto)

Richard Zavaglia ... Wiseguy

Tony Ray Rossi ... Wiseguy
Edward Black ... Wiseguy

Gaetano LoGiudice ... Wiseguy
Carmelo Musacchia ... Wiseguy
Pat Vecchio ... Wiseguy
Caleb ... The Lion
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Flint Beverage ... Kings Court Cop (uncredited)

Frank Bonsangue ... Sonny Red's Crew (uncredited)

Mark Todd Bruner ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Christopher Del Gaudio ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Barry Hirschberg ... Background (uncredited)

Jim Lavin ... Arresting FBI Officer (uncredited)
Jeff Millstein ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Peter O'Hara ... Passerby (uncredited)
Davell j Owens ... Diner Manager (uncredited)

Lisa Marie Panagos ... Sonny Black's Girl (uncredited)

Garry Pastore ... Carmine Galante's Bodyguard (uncredited)

Emma Terese ... Woman on Dance Floor (uncredited)
Larry Tobias ... Man in Bar (uncredited)
Vinny Vella ... Mobster in Photo (uncredited)

Edward Williams ... Guest at Kings Court (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Newell 
Writing credits
Joseph D. Pistone (book "Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia") and
Richard Woodley (book "Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia")

Paul Attanasio (screenplay)

Produced by
Louis DiGiaimo .... producer
Alan Greenspan .... executive producer
Mark Johnson .... producer
Barry Levinson .... producer
Patrick McCormick .... executive producer
Gail Mutrux .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Doyle 
Cinematography by
Peter Sova (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jon Gregory 
Casting by
Louis DiGiaimo 
Brett Goldstein 
Production Design by
Donald Graham Burt 
Art Direction by
Jefferson Sage 
Set Decoration by
Leslie A. Pope  (as Leslie Pope)
Costume Design by
Aude Bronson-Howard 
David C. Robinson  (as David Robinson)
Makeup Department
Margot Boccia .... makeup artist
Milton Buras .... key hair stylist
Nathan J. Busch II .... hair stylist (as Nathan Busch II)
John Caglione Jr. .... key makeup artist
Derek Becker .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Jay Cannistraci .... makeup artist: Florida (uncredited)
Sharon Kalb .... makeup artist: Miami (uncredited)
Production Management
Richard Baratta .... unit production manager
Michael Saxton .... post-production supervisor
Chantal Feghali .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Henriquez .... dga trainee
Sam Hoffman .... second assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy .... first assistant director (as Joseph Reidy)
Danielle Rigby .... second second assistant director
Art Department
James Bono .... assistant property master
Jon Copley .... art department coordinator
Frank DeCurtis .... set dresser
Claudette Didul .... set dresser
Deborah Dreyer .... set dresser
Bruce Lee Gross .... leadman
Vinny Mazzarella .... assistant property master
James Mazzola .... property master
Jeff Mazzola .... assistant property master
Jeffrey D. McDonald .... assistant art director (as Jeffrey McDonald)
Deborah Moses .... set dresser
Raymond M. Samitz .... construction coordinator (as Ray Samitz)
Steve Swanson .... set dresser
Allan Trumpler .... chargeman scenic artist (as Alan Trumpler)
Tom Warren .... assistant art director (as Thomas Warren)
Denis Zack .... set dresser (as Dennis Zack)
Michael Zansky .... chargeman scenic artist
Jerry Eller .... set dresser (uncredited)
Rod England .... set dresser (uncredited)
Gerard J. Furey .... shop craft foreman (uncredited)
Charles Guanci Jr. .... props (uncredited)
Claire Kirk .... construction accountant (uncredited)
Richard E. Kruder .... set dresser: Florida (uncredited)
Nicholas Lundy .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Todd MacNicholl .... key construction grip (uncredited)
Christine Mayer .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Mick Rossman .... scenic (uncredited)
Sound Department
Philip Alton .... foley editor
Sue Baker .... dialogue editor
Tim Cavagin .... sound re-recording mixer
Graham Farrow .... assistant sound editor
Ian Fuller .... supervising sound editor
Derek Holding .... adr editor
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Ian Macbeth .... assistant sound editor
Tod A. Maitland .... sound mixer
Christine Newell .... assistant sound editor
Victor Nunes .... assistant sound editor
T.J. O'Mara .... boom operator (as Terence O'Mara)
Grahame Peters .... sound effects editor
Michael Redfern .... assistant sound editor
Joel Holland .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ron Ottesen .... special effects supervisor (as Ronald Ottesen Jr.)
Visual Effects by
Martin Body .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator (as George Aguilar)
Victor Chan .... stunts
Peter Bove .... stunt double (uncredited)
Blaise Corrigan .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunts (uncredited)
Steve Hart .... stunts (uncredited)
Brian Smyj .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Anderson .... best boy electric (as Thomas Anderson)
David E. Baron .... second assistant camera (as David Baron)
Michael Green .... first assistant camera
Richard Guinness Jr. .... key grip
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Kevin Janicelli .... rigging gaffer
Sal Lanza .... best boy grip
Patrick McGrath .... dolly grip
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera
Kevin Murphy .... chief lighting technician
Peter Norman .... additional photographer
Ronald Plant .... rigging grip
Andrew Priestley .... second assistant camera
Paul Howard .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Nils Johnson .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Ondrej Kubicek .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Vincent Lanza .... grip (uncredited)
Wayne Paull .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
James M. Reeves .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Fleet Emerson .... extras casting
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Mark Byrne .... casting assistant: Sylvia Fay casting (uncredited)
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Dumais .... wardrobe supervisor: men
Mary Gierczak .... costumer
Lauren Press .... assistant costume designer
Lawrence Tarzy .... costumer
Susan J. Wright .... wardrobe supervisor: women (as Susan Wright)
Joanna Brett .... assistant to costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Sam Adelman .... first assistant editor: US
John Dicker .... third assistant editor: US
Valentina Giambanco .... second assistant editor: UK
Marianne Gray .... post-production coordinator (as Marianne Pettersson Gray)
Sorin Ariel Iarovici .... second assistant editor: US (as Sorin Iarovici)
Kezia Martin .... third assistant editor: UK
Ian Seymour .... first assistant editor: UK
John Stanborough .... color timer
Mike Fraser .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Christopher Holmes .... extended edition (uncredited)
Kurt Mattila .... editor: title sequence (uncredited)
Mark Neale .... trainee assistant film editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Budd Carr .... executive music producer
Robin Clarke .... music editor
Paul Hulme .... scoring mixer
Allan Mason .... executive music producer
Sylvia Nestor .... music coordinator
Roy Prendergast .... music editor
Maggie Rodford .... music score producer
Curt Sobel .... music consultant
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
John Bell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Richard Holston .... transportation captain
Michael Hyde .... transportation coordinator
Mike Easter .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Chris Allies .... end title graphics
Michael Bederman .... assistant accountant
Laura Berning .... assistant location manager
Nathaniel Bonini .... assistant location manager
Jeanne Brennan .... production office coordinator
Cynthia Carriere .... production assistant
Aryn Chapman .... production assistant
Kyle Cooper .... title designer: main titles: Imaginary Forces
Bruce Corkham .... assistant: Mr. Depp (as Bruce Corkum)
Lou Crisa .... assistant: Mr. Pacino
Robin Cross .... assistant accountant
Christi Dembrowski .... assistant: Mr. Depp
Lisa Diamond .... assistant: Mr. Newell
Lou DiGiaimo Jr. .... assistant: Mr. DiGiaimo
Timothy Donohue .... production assistant
Tink Ten Eyck .... production accountant
Michelle Guastello .... assistant: Mr. Madsen
Chandra Joy Hagopian .... production secretary
Scott Hornbacher .... location manager
Melvin James .... production assistant (as Melvin Anderson)
Jon M. Johnson .... production assistant (as Jon Johnson Sr.)
Tish Johnson .... assistant accountant
Susann Jones .... assistant: Mr. Johnson
Tim Judge .... assistant: Mr. Pacino
Beverly Jusi .... assistant accountant (as Beverly Meade)
Lisa Katcher .... script supervisor
Danielle Katz .... production assistant
Kate Kelly .... assistant production office coordinator
Claire Kirk .... production assistant
Amy Leigh Johnson .... unit publicist (as Amy Johnson)
Steve McAuliff .... animal trainer
Steven W. McKinney .... assistant: Mr. McCormick
Hector Mesa Jr. .... production assistant
Doug Moreno .... assistant accountant
Jamie Mullins .... production assistant
Alexandra Newman .... animal trainer (as Alex Newman)
Michael Nickodem .... assistant location manager
Maria Poulathas .... production assistant
Chris Rossman .... production assistant
Shea Rowan .... production assistant
Charlie Sammut .... animal trainer (as Charle Sammut)
Jamie Sheridan .... production assistant (as James Sheridan)
Niki Strippoli .... production assistant
David Tain .... production assistant
Shawnna Thibodeau .... production assistant
Gilbert S. Williams .... production assistant (as Gil Williams)
Oscar Aguirre .... production assistant (uncredited)
H. Leah Amir .... production assistant (uncredited)
Nigel Arscott .... assistant location manager: Florida (uncredited)
Robert Cahoon .... production secretary: second unit (uncredited)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Jeff Chena .... stand-in: Mr. Depp (uncredited)
Stefan Ashton Frank .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Catherine Goodman .... stand in: Ms Heche (uncredited)
Ryan R. Johnson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Elayne Keratsis .... production coordinator: Florida (uncredited)
Ian MacGregor .... location assistant (uncredited)
Kurt Mattila .... title designer (uncredited)
Emily Samantha Sherman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sherrill Smith .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Leah Sokolowsky .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Frank Venegas .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Rick Washburn .... weapons coordinator (uncredited)
Pamela Lyn Weiss .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Tim Wilson .... utility stand-in (uncredited)
Joseph Zolfo .... location assistant (uncredited)
James Flamberg .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Fake" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for some strong graphic violence, pervasive strong language and brief nudity and sexuality
127 min | 147 min (extended cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Belgium:KT | Canada:18A (video rating) | Finland:K-15/13 (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16 (original rating) | France:U | Germany:16 (bw) | Iceland:16 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (DVD rating) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #34334)

Did You Know?

Michael Madsen impulsively proposed to, and married, DeAnna Madsen during a two-day break in filming. According to Michael Madsen, Al Pacino was disgusted by his impulsiveness. The Madsens remain happily married.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Donnie first visits Lefty at his apartment, Lefty is watching a 1990s TV surrounded by blank VHS tapes.See more »
Lefty:A guy like you don't touch a made guy, you know what I did yesterday? I went in front of the skippers, I'm going on the record with you, nobody can touch you now, I'm your man, Jesus Christ couldn't touch you because I represent you, keep your nose clean, be a good earner follow the rules, and who knows? Maybe one day they open the books you get straightened out, become a wise guy, a made guy, I'd die with you DonnieSee more »
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107 out of 123 people found the following review useful.
A good gangster film with strong emotional under currents, 2 May 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In the late 1970's, FBI agent Joe Pistone poses as jewel expert Donnie Brasco to win the trust of ageing mob middleman Lefty Ruggiero. As time passes Donnie gets tighter and tighter into the mob, rising up when boss Sonny Black gets bumped up. While Donnie puts his life at risk, his real life crumbles as he never sees his wife or children. As he moves upwards, his friend Lefty is bypassed time and time again. As Donnie gets deeper, the FBI start to worry and want to extract him - something that cannot be done without exposing himself and condemning Lefty to death.

Now that Pirates of the Caribean has made him a bankable star as well as a good actor I decided to dig out some of my old Depp videos and watch them. I have been a Depp fan since the mid-90's when I saw Arizona Dream, Ed Wood and Don Juan all in a period of 6 months -I realised then that this was not only a very talented guy but also one who seemed happy to do whatever interested him rather than whatever was going to make money. This film is in a well known and fairly reliable genre - the Italian American gangster movie but has the strength that it is an engaging true story. The plot follows Joe as he gets in deeper, is suspected, gets involved in battles between bosses and eventually starts to lose himself and forget what side he is actually on. Even though this is a true story, it still basically goes where we expect mob films to go, but it manages to rise above the clichés by having some very good characters and emotional themes.

The whole gangster thing works and is gripping, but it is the relationship dynamics between Joe and Lefty that made it more interesting. The element of going `native' when undercover has been done plenty of times, but it is the combination of this being fact and Depp's great performance that makes it work well here; we feel for Joe a great deal. On the flipside the film also allows us to feel for the mob, or at least one of them. The majority of the mobsters are the usual stereotypes but Lefty is written with a great deal of sympathy - he is a middleman, taking the risks, doing the dirt but always passed over and having to beg money to keep his bosses happy. These are tragic characters and the film is not the slightly glamorous gangster lifestyle that Pacino has experienced in his Godfather roles. These two characters are well written and it is their subplots that makes the film better than the central plot (which itself is also very good).

Depp is good and his performance is solid even if it doesn't really rank up their with his best - he lacks his usual flair but he gives the material it's dues. Pacino is of course, wonderful. His character is a far cry from his Godfather work and he manages to bring such pathos to Lefty that it is impossible not to feel for him. The support cast may not have as much in the way of character but they all do well in their roles. Madsen, Kirby, Ivanek, Heche, Miano and others all give good support, but it is Pacino and Depp's film - which is a good thing.

Overall, the fact that this is a true story makes it more interesting but, while I was watching it I wasn't really thinking about it and was just enjoying the gangster film itself. The basic story is a well worn one but is still delivery well by Newell (who was a very unusual choice for director), but it is the emotion threads involving Joe and Lefty that make the film much more than just another gangster film.

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