Donnie Brasco

"Very Good"

Donnie Brasco Review


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. Long stuck in development because of GoodFellas, Donnie Brasco is in many ways a similar film, and in most of them better. The true story of FBI agent Joe Pistone, who in the late 70s infiltrated his way into the New York mafia to become a "made man" under the name of Donnie Brasco, Depp is surprisingly believable as an earnest father caught up in the mob mentality. Pacino shines as always, though it's not his usual character; here he's a tragic King Lear who just can't catch a break. But as for the iffy pan-and-scan job on the videotape, take a cue from the wiseguys: Fuggedaboudit.


Donnie Brasco

Facts and Figures

Run time: 127 mins

In Theaters: Friday 28th February 1997

Box Office Worldwide: $42M

Budget: $35M

Distributed by: TriStar

Production compaines: Baltimore Pictures, Mark Johnson Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Fresh: 48 Rotten: 7

IMDB: 7.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Donnie Brasco / Joseph D. 'Joe' Pistone, as Benjamin 'Lefty' Ruggiero, as Sonny Black, as Nicky, as Paulie, as Maggie Pistone, as Tim Curley, as Bruno, as Richard 'Richie' Gazzo, as Dr. Berger, Gerry Becker as Agent Dean Blandford FBI, Robert Miano as Sonny Red

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