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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…
Másodszorra is szuper volt! Röviden a tartalma (valós FBI-os nyomozás alapján készült):
Lefty, a már idősödő piti maffiózó (Al Pacino) felfigyel egy tehetséges ifjúra, akinek az ékszerek az erősségei, és amikor megbizonyosodik a képességeiről, beszervezi a családba Donnie Brasco-t (Johnny Depp). Megkedveli a fiút, bízik benne, ami nem túl bölcs dolog, hiszen az FBI ügynöke, az a feladata, hogy beépüljön a maffiába, és információkat gyűjtsön. Túl jól sikerül a kitűzött cél, egyre mélyebbre merül az alvilág mocskába, miközben lassan, de biztosan tönkremegy a kapcsolata a feleségével, és döbbenten tapasztalja, hogy egyre inkább megkedveli Lefty-t, és már nem tudja, hová tartozik igazán...
Lefty így vélekedik a szárnyai alá vett Donnie Brasco-ról: "Tényleg? Fingod sincs róla, barátom! Senki sem nyúlhat hozzád. Az…
Great performance by Depp. I didn't like Al Pacino as a fuckboy. Good mob film
Every time I watch movies like this, I'm convinced I was a gangster in another life. Brilliant movie, dragged a bit for me, but otherwise an enjoyable experience.
I remember when this came out during my senior year of high school, but I've never really been into gangster movies, so it didn't pique my interest. Then a couple years ago I got sucked into a fascinating mini-series on National Geographical Channel called Inside the American Mob. One episode covered the events of the FBI's Donnie Brasco operation, which I hadn't been aware was a real-life case. I found the story of undercover FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone, aka Donnie Brasco, compelling and it reminded me of this film, so I decided I'd check it out sometime after all these years and finally got around to seeing it recently.
As I said, I've never been much of a gangster…
Nota = 7,5
One thing that Donnie Brasco showed was the tremendous talent of Johnny Depp this movie proved that he could go toe to toe with a legend such as Al Pacino.
From the bowling shirts and greasy hair of the 1960s to the porn-stache and leather jackets of the 1970s and from Scorsese's manic film editing to Mike Newell's calculated and ponderous exploration of the inner psyche of FBI agent Joe Pistone who was undercovering as an infamous mafia Bonnano family gangster, it would be unfair to really judge the real quality of yet another 140 minutes long gangster flick.
While at times it was a chore to burn through certain scenes which might be crucial to build up to the final third of the plot, the fascinating aspect of the characters and the performances of the cast prevailed ultimately.
It was tough for Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Michael Madsen et…
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.
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