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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Donnie Brasco can be found here.
FBI special agent Joe Pistone (Johnny Depp) goes undercover in order to infiltrate a New York City mafioso faction. Befrriended by aging hit man Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero (Al Pacino), Pistone (using the alias "Donnie Brasco") begins to identify with the mafia life, to the expense of his own. When the FBI decides that it is time to pull the plug on the operation, Donnie realizes that, if he walks away, Ruggiero will certainly be the one punished.
Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia (1988) is an autobiographical account by former FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone (assisted in the writing by Richard Woodley), detailing the years that Pistone lived undercover with the mafia. The book was adapted for the screenplay by American screenwriter Paul Attanasio.
"A Stranger on Earth" by Dinah Washington. The rest of the songs in the Donnie Brasco soundtrack can be found here with scene descriptions.
It was a King's Court matchbox, from the club Lefty was trying to open without Sonny knowing. That was Sonny's way of telling Lefty he knew what they were up to.
Mike Newell's mafia-drama was released as an extended version initially exclusively in the USA. As almost common with Sony-releases, several deleted scenes were reintegrated. Just that would not be that exciting, but there are also several scenes, which have never been seen before and which are not only for the plot, but also reveal further bloody details. How much the movie actually profits from that, is something, that everybody has to know for themselves.
A detailed comparison between both versions can be found here.
Donnie and Lefty head down to the dock where Donnie has been ordered by Sonny Black to kill Sonny Red's son Bruno. They find Bruno's boat, and Lefty urges Donnie to make the kill just as the FBI show up and whisk away both Donnie and Lefty, while Lefty yells to Donnie, 'Don't tell them anything!' FBI agents reveal Donnie's true identity as an undercover BFI agent to Sonny Black Sometime later, Lefty gets a telephone call, afterwhich he prepares to go out. Before leaving the apartment, he kisses his wife and places all of his valuables in a drawer. A shot is heard, but it turns out to be Joe Pistone on the rifle range. Joe is subsequently given a medal and $500 for his work. In the final scene, his wife says that it's over and asks him to come home. An epilogue then reads
The evidence collected by 'Donnie Brasco' led to over 200 indictments and 100 convictions. Special agent Joseph Pistone lives with his wife under an assumed name in a undisclosed location.
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