DONNIE BRASCO (18)
D: Mike Newell
Mandalay/Baltimore (Mark Johnson, Barry Levinson, Louis DiGiaimo & Gail Mutrux)
USA 🇺🇸 1997
W: Paul Attanasio [based on the book 'Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life In The Mafia' by Joseph D. Pistone & Richard Woodley]
DP: Peter Sova
Ed: Jon Gregory
Mus: Patrick Doyle
PD: Donald Graham Burt
Cos: Aude Bronson-Howard & David Robinson
Johnny Depp (Donnie Brasco/Joe Pistone), Al Pacino (Lefty Ruggerio), Michael Madsen (Sonny Black), Bruno Kirby (Nicky), James Russo (Paulie), Anne Heche (Maggie Pistone), Zeljko Ivanek (Tim Curley)
Based on true events, Donnie Brasco is a gangster movie which very much studies the conventions and mannerisms of the mobster lifestyle.
Johnny Depp is scintillatingly good as Joseph Pistone, an FBI agent posing undercover as Donnie Brasco, getting in tight with one of the mob kingpins, Lefty Ruggerio (Al Pacino), to the point where his real identity has faded away and his cover becomes his real personality.
Two great leading performances and an intelligent script make this one of the better gangster movies of the late 90's, well directed by Mike Newell.