Donnie Brasco Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 868

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 254

Theatrical Release Date: 02/28/1997

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Drama

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Mike Newell

Actors: Al Pacino, Michael Madsen, Johnny Depp, James Russo, Anne Heche, Robert Miano

Plot: An under cover agent infiltrates into the life of the mafia men when he realizes that the mob is not so bad after all and begins to think he belongs in the life of the bad and not the good.

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Rating of
2.5/4

Snoogans - wrote on 09/12/2015

The success of this mediocre movie rising above it's initial potential rests entirely on the shoulders of Pacino an Depp. Without their strong lead preferences, I'd lower my score. There's not much offered besides the typical cops and gangsters story. Mostly a retread of scenes from other films to less effect. I also found the musical score completely off at times.

Rating of
3.5/4

mitchellyoung - wrote on 02/11/2012

Donnie Brasco is one of the last great crime films that managed to channel the brutal and insightful spirit of earlier genre films, such as Goodfellas or Casino. It features Johnny Depp in a subtle and less cartoonish role than he has recently taken, and Al Pacino in one of his last great roles, before he dipped into over-acting territory.

Rating of
2/4

Alaine - wrote on 12/13/2011

Crooks and undercovers. Stockholm Syndrome, sort of. Always considered a good movie. Watch and decide for yourself.

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FSUNoles27TS
FSUNoles27TS
Producer

Rating of
3/4

Depp and Pacino Make for a Good Film

FSUNoles27TS - wrote on 02/19/2013

This was a good movie all around. It is a very well done, undercover/gangster movie. Pacino managed to not chew the scenery too much, making his character enjoyable. Johnny Depp did great at portraying the emotions of what he was dealing with. The story and writing was great. I liked and hated the end. I wish they would have changed it up a bit. What I did like was that, even with all the evidence given to them, Sonny and the guys still believed Donnie was not a rat. I picked up the Leftie knew it was true, but refused to say anything. Him taking all of his valuables off as he left his house was heartbreaking. It showed how little money he had, and that he gave his whole life to the family, and left his wife with next to nothing. I do wish there was a little bit of a court scene to see …

Yojimbo
Yojimbo
Movie God

Rating of
3.5/4

"Donnie Brasco" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo - wrote on 06/25/2012

Undercover FBI agent Johnny Depp is taken under the wing of low level mobster Al Pacino and soon finds that the lines between his work and his personal life start to blur. Donnie Brasco is the true story of Joseph Pistone whose testimony resulted in hundreds of arrests within the New York Mafia in the late 1970s. Pacino plays the virtual opposite of Tony Montana in this warts and all depiction of life in the mob; he is a rather pathetic figure, little more than a flunky to self serving bosses within a world that's riddled with duplicity, treachery and hypocrisy. His partnership with Depp works really well as you start to feel the same sympathy for this shambling, dishevelled figure trying to get ahead without the intelligence or faculties to do so and the film is one of the first …

Daniel Corleone
Daniel Corleone
Movie God

Rating of
3.5/4

Donnie Brasco review

Daniel Corleone - wrote on 08/22/2011

The story of a real life FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone as Donne Brasco (Johnny Depp) and his new friend Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero (Al Pacino). Pistone tries to penetrate a mafia under the aid of Lefty, who seem him as a protégé. Because of Pistone’s involvement with the criminal acts, he unintentionally evolves into becoming one of the mobs. Sensational acting and on-screen chemistry by the leads coupled with stunning cinematography and perfect tone during the near conclusion. The script was appealing, had drama and humor. In most films we loathe the antagonist, because of Pacino’s performance whose ranks in the “family” never improved and personal problems, you feel empathy for the deprived mobster. Depp displays his ability as a loving father transforming to a vehement …

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