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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.
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…
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!"
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…
Excellent Gangster film! Depp and Pacino give great performances, Based on a true story which always makes these stories way better for me. Depp as the undercover fbi agent Joe Pistone, enters the mafia and gets a little to comfortable in that lifestyle. Overall one of the best Gangster films ever made!
Mixed feelings on this one. 70's Pacino is one of my favourite actors, and to his credit, he is pretty good in this. Maybe not quite at the same level of performance as when he's at his absolute best, but undeniably he has a touch of class and ability that is lacking in most other "Hollywood" actors.
Johnny Depp, who plays an FBI agent who goes undercover and joins the mob, is also brilliant here. One of his more understated performances, but one he brings his enormous charisma to. The main focus of the film is to show the complex relationship between mole Depp (as the titular Donnie Brasco) and mob guy Lefty (Pacino). It explores in intricate detail just…
Al Pacino and Johnny Depp in a gangster film, enough said!
Leider das 2. Mal wieder ohne UT gesehen, und somit nicht viel vom Nuschelgangsterslang verstanden. Soweit ich das mitbekommen habe war der Film aber sehr routiniert mit gutem Ende, die Schauspieler waren auch schwer in Ordnung und Depps Stand zwischen den Fronten gut herübergebracht.
A clean, tight, entertaining mafia movie about an undercover cop named Joe Pistone (Depp) who gets sucked so far into the crime underworld that he forgets why he is there in the first place, becoming the fake mafioso Donnie Brasco.
Pistone is befriended by Lefty (Pacino), an aging Mafia journeyman who is clearly worn down by the life, and by being underappreciated. The two form a strange, special, almost father-son bond.
This film is impressive in that it shows the strange, undeniable appeal of the Mafia, even though most of the mobsters are poor company, and everyone is in fear of imminent death. Somehow -- whether it is because of duty to Lefty, or just the adrenaline rush -- Det.…
Sad that we're at a point where it's a relief to see both Depp and Pacino playing normal human beings in a movie.
Heavy handed, clichéd Scorsese rip-off. Thing is, I remembered it being OK and was looking forward to watching it :(
Not the most impressive mafia movie ever made, but probably one of the most intriguing stories. Depp, however, is either miscast or just not strong in this role--his descent into the lifestyle feels very forced. Meanwhile, Al Pacino plays a low level enforcer--a spoke, as he calls himself--and it's obviously not a role Pacino was comfortable with. He was Michael Corleone...seeing him play a goon just doesn't feel right. Or maybe it's because the guy he's answering to is Michael Madsen, who, despite being in charge, comes off like a goon anyway. The film has great writing--it was even nominated for an Oscar for best adapted screenplay--but when Anne Heche is giving the best performance in a Dude-laden Mafia movie, there are clear acting and directing problems.
Johnny Depp and Al Pacino give great, nuanced performances. Michael Madsen is an intimidating presence. The relationship between Depp and Pacino's characters is the best part of the film.
Good movie. Took me a bit to see it, but it was just as good as everyone said.
While it may not be as stylish and energetic as other mob movies, "Donnie Brasco" still features an engaging story and two terrific lead performances.
"The good news is, my dick is now a popsicle!"
It's nice to see Johnny Deep play a human being again.
I had high expectations for this Pacino-Depp crime drama, and I'm very glad to say that it didn't disappoint!
Not as amazing as other films in the genre like "Goodfellas" or "The Godfather." But that doesn't mean this isn't great!
Both Depp and Pacino gave amazing performances, and their chemistry felt very genuine and compelling.
Overall, "Donnie Brasco" is an engrossing crime drama based on a true story that I really enjoyed.
If you're a fan of the genre, definitely check this one out.
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From the NYT website:
This list is drawn from the second edition of The New York Times Guide to the…