Donnie Brasco (Blu-ray + DVD)
Based on a true story.
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: February 5, 2019
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Mill Creek Entertainment
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Johnny Depp & Al Pacino|
|Performer:||Bruno Kirby, Michael Madsen, Zach Grenier & Anne Heche|
|Directed by||Mike Newell|
|Screenwriting by||Paul Attanasio|
|Story by||Richard Woodley & Joseph Pistone|
|Produced by||Barry Levinson, Gail Mutrux, Mark Johnson, Alan Greespan, Patrick McCormick & Louis Di Giaima|
Rating: 3/5 -- A clever insight into the everyday, professional banalities of life as a low to mid-level gangster. Full Review
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. Full Review
A tense, sharp and compelling character study, Newell's film is a worthy addition to the Mob-movie canon. Full Review
Although perhaps familiar in its outer trappings, Pacino's fine work is the key to the film succeeding to the extent that it does.
Rating: 3/4 -- In the tired figure of Lefty, manifest in the craggy icon of Pacino, our sympathies are definitely enlisted, and the theme rings a poignant note. Full Review
Globe and Mail
Rating: A -- A gritty and humorous crime drama about an undercover cop infiltrating the Mafia. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
...Downbeat, dark-humored and disturbing....[The film] delivers the somber flipside to CASINO's snazzy high rollers... -- 4 out of 4 stars
Joe Pistone (Johnny Depp) is an FBI mole who integrates himself into the Mafia pecking order by posing as "jewel man" Donnie Brasco. He finds his loyalties divided when Lefty Ruggiero, a jaded hit man, takes him on as a protégé and places real trust in him. The two men form a friendship--and a criminal partnership--that jeopardizes Brasco's mission and obscures the boundaries between the law and the underworld. The film is based on the autobiography DONNIE BRASCO, MY UNDERCOVER LIFE IN THE MAFIA by former undercover agent Joseph D. Pistone. Directed by Mike Newell (FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL) and also starring Bruno Kirby (THE FRESHMAN, THIS IS SPINAL TAP), Michael Madsen (RESERVOIR DOGS) and Anne Heche (WAG THE DOG).
Al Pacino and Johnny Depp are terrific together in this excellent Mafia drama from director Mike Newell. Pacino, who played undercover cop Frank Serpico 25 years before, now becomes the hunted Mafia man whom undercover cop Johnny Depp is after. The film was coproduced by Barry Levinson and the screenplay was written by Paul Attanasio, two of the people responsible for the extraordinary television police drama HOMICIDE.
- Produced by Mandalay.
- Released theatrically in the USA December 27, 1996.
- Sales Rank: 25,180
- UPC: 683904633507
- Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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