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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.
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…
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…
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 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 to…
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…
"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…
A great character piece with performances from Depp and Pacino that are unsurprisingly amazing. After seeing this movie so many times it's easy to forget how well it builds suspense. My next point may seem trivial, but I cannot stress how much I love every scene with the lion. I also have a soft spot for the montage to the Pointer Sisters' song 'Happiness'.
"Don't get on your fucking high horse, Donnie!"
Admittedly, I don't love mob movies. But, I can always appreciate them when they're done well. Who knew Depp could give a realistic performance after a decade plus of ticks, caked on makeup and ridiculous hats.
It's quite a good film. I did like it, I am a big fan of mob movies and this is another one I now like. It was such a well written script, and I think that is hard to do with a mob movie without it being a cliche, seriously this film wasn't a cliche, the writing was brilliant. Like all mob movies it's nice and violent, you have to have violence in a mob movie, there wasn't a whole amount of violence but there was some violent scenes and they were brilliant and some just brutal.
I am a big fan of Johnny Depp and Al Pacino, I think they are fantastic actors and delivery two brilliant performances in…
I probably shouldn't have watched this film straight after 'The Godfather.' It probably wasn't fair to the film or the filmmaker, but in comparison, this film just seemed lacklustre. This is mob-lite cinema, but by no means a bad film. I just didn't find the same grit and toughness in the characters or their plight.
There is decent tension and suspense that was made all the more interesting considering it's based on actual events.
Great lead performances from Depp and Pacino and the movie is nicely shot but the plot mostly underwhelms.
I was promised that Donnie Brasco was better than Scarface by a friend who was very persistent in the matter. While it is very firmly not, it's still a worthy addition to the gangster movie genre, with great performances by both Depp and Pacino.
Horrid soundtrack, though.
Al Pacino's performance in Donnie Brasco, much like many iconic movies of his before, was superb. It's nice to see him play a person that isn't high up in the ranks. Johnny Depp is mostly known for his extravagant, flamboyant roles, his performance as Donnie Brasco/Joseph D. 'Joe' Pistone was amazing. His accent and demeanor, even his looks, fitted his role flawlessly. Mike Newell's 1997 drama has a neat mix of raw, emotional tragedy and ruthless mafia crime. Towards the solid end, there's many impassioned situations. Depp and Pacino are a great duo that showcase this well. If enjoy quality film making, there's much to like in Donnie Brasco.
Donnie Brasco boasts strong performances from its lead duo Johnny Depp and Al Pacino. The story is your basic run-of-the-mill undercover cop tale about getting too deep into an infiltrated world, causing one to slowly forget they're undercover, which has been done before. Though Johnny Depp delivers a great performance, the movie sadly didn't give me any reason to care for his character. Overall, Donnie Brasco is a gritty gangster flick with strong, convincing performances, smooth pacing and good characters, but an unoriginal story, an unrelatable main character and seemingly no climax.
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