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Donnie Brasco. Based on a True Story.
An FBI undercover agent infilitrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life at the expense of his regular one.
Once upon a time Johnny Depp wasn't crazy and Al Pacino was still relevant. This was a crime drama in its purest form without ridiculous set pieces that we see today. Now this one was about tension and I loved it.
Depp is at his best here and I can't believe I'm only watching this now. The chemistry between him and Pacino seems genuine and natural. Its always great to see Michael Madsen in the mix as his calm and intimidating self. I liked the direction even if it wasn't very memorable, but it wasn't distracting either.
Depp plays an undercover cop and we're introduced into his world where all the pressure is on him. He has to think fast…
Based on a true story of an undercover FBI agent tasked with taking down a mob family from the inside. The subject matter and themes to be found in 'Donnie Brasco' are clearly not particularly original. It is also probably fair to say that this type of story has been delivered more effectively by more accomplished directors. Mike Newell's direction here is slick and polished but I never quite felt like he made his stamp on the film like say a Scorsese or Ford Coppola might have. Some great acting and a solid script however carried the film home with ease and made 'Donnie Brasco' a highly entertaining crime drama.
One major positive here is that we get to see…
It lacks the vibrant punch of the greatest mob movies ever, and trends into cliche territory at times particularly with Depp's character's family conflicts, but thanks to a wonderful script, a gripping storyline, assured direction and two fantastic performances from Al Pacino & Johnny Depp (certainly one of his most subtle and best roles to date), "Donnie Brasco" is still one expectational mob film. I was completely drawn into the characters, and the back and forth between Depp & Pacino as well as the dialogue is certainly what drives this film. The incredibly underrated Michael Madsen turns in a terrific turn as well.
Definitely another one to seek out, if you need to be reminded that Depp can act.
This movie was recommended to me by the rapper "Nas."
The mafia was made for movies. I think I've loved every mafia movie I've ever seen. However, this wasn't your typical mafia movie. It didn't have the glamour of "Goodfellas" & it didn't feel as formal as "The Godfather." But it forged its own path & that's what made it extra special for me.
"Donnie Brasco" tells the real life story of an FBI agent under the assumed name of Donnie Brasco & his time spent in the New York mafia.
"Donnie Brasco" as my friend astutely pointed out, is like the blue-collar mafia movie. Instead of spending time showing the fashion & party life of the mafia, it shows the business side. It…
I greatly enjoyed every minute of Donnie Brasco. It's a very entertaining crime film that I found to be fully rewarding and occasionally brilliant. It is a film that puts a high value on performance. Al Pacino caught me off guard with his oddly sympathetic portrayal of Lefty, an oddly unimpressive gangster. Pacino surprised me with this performance because I have never seen him play a character as oblivious as Lefty was. He was a guy who sat around in his pajamas watching Animal Planet, constantly cooking up half baked schemes, and never having a nickel to show for the lifestyle he'd so loyally kill for. Lefty was dim and unintelligent. He was also a murderer and a con. Yet…
"Forget about it" is, like, if you agree with someone, you know, like "Raquel Welch is one great piece of ass. Forget about it!" But then, if you disagree, like "A Lincoln is better than a Cadillac? Forget about it!" You know? But then, it's also like if something's the greatest thing in the world, like, "Minghia! Those peppers! Forget about it!" But it's also like saying "Go to hell!" too. Like, you know, like "Hey Paulie, you got a one-inch pecker?" and Paulie says "Forget about it!" Sometimes it just means "Forget about it."
An excellent mob movie but just a notch below the greats of the genre. Donnie Brasco is one of the films I grew up loving…
The film is supposedly about Johnny Depp's undercover agent, but Al Pacino makes it about himself. Or his character, if there is a difference. He makes the character into such a fully fleshed human being full of bravado early on when he's showing the new kid the ropes, but then feeble and petty when dealing with people who he looks up to. It's an interesting image of a gangster.
Depp's struggle with keeping the Joe and Donnie characters separate is far less interesting and generic. Especially his relationship with his wife is so much less engaging than it should be. Depp is fine, but you get the feeling it was harder to write about this part since the author isn't…
Love these films. Also, it was made back when Depp was still a real person, and Pacino chose good films.
Revisiting this old favorite before it leaves Netflix. A underrated gangster flick that seems as if it's been largely forgotten.
This is one of Pacino's better performances post-"Scent of a Woman." Johnny Depp is great just a few years before his descent into self parody. Heck even Michael Madsen is good here.
The late Bruno Kirby has some of the best lines in the movie.
Directed by the guy who did "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (of all things). The movie has a cool 70's vibe and a great soundtrack.
It's a fascinating look at an FBI agent infiltrating a group of mobsters- with the nice touch of Michael Corleone himself playing a low-level wiseguy named "Lefty." I love the…
"You think I hate you? I don't hate you. This job is eating me alive. I can't breathe anymore. And if I come out, this guy Lefty dies. They're gonna kill him because he vouched for me. Because he stood up for me. I live with that every day. That's the same thing if I put the bullet through his head myself, you understand? I spend all these years trying to be the good guy, you know? The man in the white fuckin' hat. For what? For nuthin'. I'm not becoming like them, Maggie, I am them."
Fuggetaboudit, Donnie Brasco is a mob masterpiece. Sure, it borrows heavily from GoodFellas, as many movies after it did, but how else can a mob story be told without seeming so similar? These stories revolve around the same kinds of people, with the same kinds of moral quagmires to deal with. Violence, betrayal and corruption always seems to take over. That's all these true stories are really about. What makes this such a winning film is how well Al Pacino and Johnny Depp play their roles. I believed them through every step of the way. I also believed, how fragile and captivating the mob life is to an unsuspecting pure soul. In GoodFellas, is was just a neighborhood guy. Here, it's an FBI agent, who is supposed to get turn these guys in. I was fixated the whole time, and I loved watching this film. It's a classic mob movie.
Johnny Depp did some real acting in this film, "Forget about it"
One could call Donnie Brasco Goodfellas for Beginners, since it is a gangster story shot less dynamically, but that would sorely be missing the point. Donnie Brasco is a successful and enjoyable film about the language of the mafia, about how friendships are formed, and within the system, those friendships always end in the same way--betrayal. Even if it is inevitable, the betrayals are always tragic, and actually build on that tragedy subtly.
This film works on almost every level. It has good late-Pacino and good early-Depp. It is well directed and even better written.
The final scenes are great.
Good story about Depp's character's personal struggle with being undercover, good performances from Depp and Pacino, and competent but relatively uninteresting directing. Very solid, but not spectacular. Sometimes that's exactly what's needed.
One hell of a prequel to Donnie Darko.
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