• Donnie Brasco (1997)

Donnie Brasco

Release Date: 1997

DVD Release Date: January 20th, 1998

R |2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary

Joseph Pistone (Johnny Depp) is an FBI agent who has infiltrated one of the major New York Mafia families and is living under the name Donnie Brasco. He develops a relationship with mob hit man Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero (Al Pacino) in order to get deeper under cover, but ends up developing a real friendship with the Mafioso. As their relationship develops, Pistone must decide whether or not to complete his job, knowing that it will lead to the murder of his new friend.

Cast: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, Anne Heche, Zeljko Ivanek, Gerry Becker

Director: Mike Newell

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: TriStar Pictures, Baltimore Pictures

Keywords: New York City, Wife, Suspenseful, Pursuit, Transformation, Deception, Friendship, Sacrifice, 1970s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Susan WloszczynaUSA Today

    Pacino cans the showboating bluster and gives a gently nuanced portrait of a simple man in decline.

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    One terrific movie... Pacino and Depp are a match made in acting heaven, riffing off each other with astonishing subtlety and wit. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    The true soul of the New York mob is portrayed in Donnie Brasco, a first-class Mafia thriller that is also in its way a love story -- perhaps director Mike Newell's best. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)