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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…
Donnie Brasco is a highly underrated gem from the late 90s. It completely surprised me just how compelling this was on first viewing and having seen it twice now I can safely say that this is one of the best gangster flicks out there. It may not be Goodfellas or The Godfather, both of which have set the bar way too high for the genre, but Donnie Brasco stands completely on its own and is a respectably well-made, if a little too conventional, entry.
The movie is mostly driven by the very strong cast and as such features great performances all around. People are quick to call Al Pacino the man of the movie, but although he is brilliant I…
Had to add a half a star to my previous review. Felt better than back then.... --Just had to watch this, and yes, I should not have, as I was so not in a mood for gansters. Al Pacino and Johnny Depp were ok, but... too much blood and bone bits. Did not know before that it was based on a real story.... figures. Wild 70s!
Usually films based on real mobster situations/undercover FBI guys all follow the same plot, but this one is a stand out as if focuses more on the friendship of the undercover cop Donnie (Johnny Depp) and aging hitman Lefty (Al Pacino) - what I liked is how although they are both doing bad things they both value each other and it's great cause you really shouldn't feel for these murderers but the film is great at making you want everything to go right for both of them.
Both Depp and Pacino have brilliant chemistry together which is probably the highlight of the film. The supporting cast are good as well, especially the late Bruno Kirby.
Was surprised by the ending, but (hopefully without spoiling it) after reading what actually happened in real life it seems strange that they didn't keep it faithful to the true events....but it does suit the plot, so it's not so bad.
Sehr spannend und gut erzählte Geschichte, eines, auf wahren Begebenheiten basierenden, verdeckten Einsatzes bei der New Yorker Mafia.
Der Film kann den Zuschauer über die Laufzeit von zweieinhalb Stunden, ohne ein Gefühl der Langeweile, gut unterhalten.
Im Vergleich zu Goodfellas aber etwas schwächer, da nicht alle Charaktere zu hundertprozent überzeugen.
Pacino is really good. Depp is really not. Paul Giamatti without a beard in the '90s is really weird. This film is really fine.
"A wise guy's always right; even when he's wrong, he's right."
I saw Donnie Brasco only one before and that was several years ago. I remember liking it a lot, but most of it had faded from my memory. Since today was Al Pacino's birthday, I decided to finally rewatch it. Johnny Depp plays an FBI agent who goes undercover in the Mafia. For my money this is one of Depp's best roles and his chemistry with Pacino (who is also great) is terrific. I love the relationship between their characters and for me it's one of the biggest selling points of the movie. The other performance in the film that really left an impression on me this time around…
The only thing this film does that hasn't been done before a hundred times in a hundred other mafia movies is gives us time to see these guys as actual people, and gives the audience hits of humanity in between their criminal dealings.
Tonally at odds with itself, generally contrived and cliched, with a cast sleepwalking through a greatest hits reel at half speed, there's little of note here.
Crime thriller based on a true story of an undercover FBI agent trying to take down the mod in the 1970s. Gripping stuff. What makes the film work so well is the relationships between the Depp character and those around him (his wife, the Al Pacino mid-level mobster and the FBI). You can feel how his sense of duty is pushed to the limit as his marriage is strained and he begins to feel some sort of Stockholm syndrome for the mob. I began to consider, is it all worth it? Would I betray my friend, destroy my marriage, and for what? Will he betray the mob or the FBI? Interesting to watch in the context of current controversy surrounding deep cover policing in the UK.
Nicely crafted with a light touch by Newell and a rich script from the underrated Paul Attanasio. Not exactly as unique as something like RUSH, nor as electrifying as something like THE DEPARTED, since it's a little beholden to "the facts," but you know... it's fine.
Had a real sense of humour in its first half (the xmas cards, the draught, the tennis court) that distracted from all the tortured cop and mob movie clichés, but as that faded I gradually lost interest.
bitchin' films set in the '70s that... like.... weren't even like filmed in the '70s.... like.... right on!!!
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