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Donnie Brasco

  R Closed Captioning

Mike Newell

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Plot Summary

Posing as jewel broker Donnie Brasco, FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone (Johnny Depp) is granted entrance into the violent mob family of aging hit man Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino). When his personal and professional lives collide, Pistone jeopardizes his marriage, his job life and, ultimately, the gangster mentor he has come to respect and admire. From acclaimed director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral), and featuring an extraordinary supporting cast including Michael Madsen, Anne Heche, Bruno Kirby and James Russo.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

87%
  • Reviews Counted: 55
  • Fresh: 48
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An affirmation that the director, Mike Newell, has a gift for talkative, intelligent films that make his actors shine. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Pacino and Depp are a match made in acting heaven, riffing off each other with astonishing subtlety and wit. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Fresh: Pacino cans the showboating bluster and gives a gently nuanced portrait of a simple man in decline. – Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Although perhaps familiar in its outer trappings, Pacino's fine work is the key to the film succeeding to the extent that it does. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

amazing.

this movie is a classic. If you liked the godfather, then this one is for you.

WATCH IT

donnie brasco was an amazing movie that touches the heart. it made me both laugh and cry. i loved it and so did all of my friends therefore i recommend you watch this movie it rocks :]

This film is underrated

This is one of my favorite gangster movies. Much more realistic than Goodfellas- which I think is good but overrated. I don't think this film gets the credit that it deserves, perhaps because it is very violent, and the tone is super dark- almost hopeless at times. It just seems to get worse and worse for these characters, who are struggling with issues such as identity crises, lost dreams, friendship and trust. If you are looking for a thoughtful, yet dark and gritty mobster flick, then this is the one for you.

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