Saturday, February 6, 2010

Donnie Brasco (1997 ) R - 4½ Stars

What a great movie based on the true story of Special F.B.I. Agent Danny Brasco, who infiltrated the mafia to get over 100 convictions with evidence he collected. Johnn Depp stars as Danny Brasco and at first glance, I didn't even realize it was him. A 12-year younger Depp up against a 12 year younger Al Pacino who both do an excellent job in their roles. Pretty surprising to see how many stars of this movies, I've seen in other mafia movies even carrying into HBO's, "The Sapranos." Though it took me 12 years to see it, I think it's one of the best mafia movies I've ever seen. Donnie has a 500,000-dollar contract on his life.

Joe Pistone (Johnny Depp), an FBI agent, has been given a tough assignment to infiltrate the Mafia's Bonanno family, gaining their trust in order to collect evidence later to be used against them. His name is changed to Donnie Brasco.

Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino), is a mob hit man whose spent the last 30 years of his life killing people and finding he has gained nothing to show for it in his old age. His life is falling apart before his eyes as his son is addicted to heroin, his marriage is falling apart and when he meets Donnie, he takes him under his wing seeing him as a chance to redeem himself within the mob. Lefty helps get Donnie get "in" with the family as he is quickly accepted as his importance grows. But the closer Donnie gets into the family, the more he begins acting like a mobster himself causing difficulty in his personal family life with his wife Maggie (Anne Heche).

When Donnie finds himself in too deep, leaving is not an option as he fears what they will do to himself and his family. Plus he also knows when the time comes to get out, it will surely mean the end of Lefty, a man he has grown close to and trusted as a friend.

1997 - Donnie Brasco - National Board of Review - Best Supporting Actress

TriStar Pictures
Director: Mike Newell
Writer: Paul Attanasio
Producers: Barry Levinson, Gail Mutrux, Louis Di Giaimo
I viewed 9/09

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