Donnie Brasco

Donnie Brasco

  • 1997
  • R
  • 127 min
  • USA
  • biography, crime, drama

An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one.

Director: Mike Newell

Writer: Paul Attanasio

Stars: Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo

A stark, nuanced portrait of life in organized crime, bolstered by strong performances from Al Pacino and Johnny Depp.

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  • Mike Newell
    Mike Newell
    Michael Cormac "Mike" Newell (born 28 March 1942) is an English director and producer of motion pictures for the screen and for television. After the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005, Newell became the third most commercially successful British director in recent years, behind Christopher Nolan and David Yates, as confirmed by the UK Film Council in their 2010...

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  • Janet Maslin (New York Times)

    Like all gangster films, "Donnie Brasco" finally runs into unwelcome reality, turning cruel and bloody in ways that leave audience sympathy in the lurch. In the end it's a sordid and deadly story. But along the way, it's full of life. | Full Review...

  • Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)

    A first-class Mafia thriller that is also, in its way, a love story.

  • Todd McCarthy (Variety)

    Although perhaps familiar in its outer trappings, Pacino's fine work is the key to the film succeeding to the extent that it does.

  • David Ansen (Newsweek)

    This is Depp's coming-of-age role, and he's terrific. Pacino, who's shown more flash than substance recently, reminds us how great he can be when he loses himself inside a character.


Tagline: Based on a true story.

Source: based on the book by Joseph D. Pistone

Motion Picture Rating: R

Genres: biography, crime, drama

Categories: undercover, mafia, fbi agent, mole, mentor, mobster, miami florida, organized crime, new york city, criminal syndicate, italian american, neglected wife


Producer: Louis DiGiaimo, Mark Johnson, Barry Levinson, Gail Mutrux

Editor: Jon Gregory

Director of photography: Peter Sova

Original music composer: Patrick Doyle

Executive producer: Alan Greenspan, Patrick McCormick

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 127 min

Country: USA

Language: English, Italian, Japanese

Sound Mix: SDDS, Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Color: Color (Technicolor)