Posing as a seller of jewelry – Donnie Brasco, young FBI agent Joe Pistone manages to win over the trust of elderly murderer Lefty Ruggiero and infiltrate the closed, violent world of the mafia. After a while they become close and loyal friends.
Getting all more into the role, Pistone begins to neglect his family, his life and himself. He stops seeing the difference between who he truly is and who he is acting to be, between good and evil, law and criminal acts. Trapped in this dangerous game, Pristone realises that the end of the secret mission means the certain death of a man who has become his closest friend and mentor and who he has started to admire…
Based on a true story, Donnie Brasco is the story of an ex-agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Joseph Pistone who, in an action of the american government against organized crime, infiltrates the Bonanno family, one of the biggest crime families in New York. Crime drama Donnie Brasco is the first Hollywood film of British director Mike Newell. –Küstendorf Film and Music Festival
After first establishing himself as a craftsman of character-driven dramas and lighthearted romantic comedies in his native England, director Mike Newell ventured across the pond to direct several acclaimed American films, as well as a few major Hollywood blockbusters. Newell became known on British television with his acclaimed adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ “The Man in the Iron Mask” (ITC, 1977) before making his feature film debut with the graphic horror movie, “The Awakening” (1980). Having established himself within a diversity of genres, he was free to choose his own course, which eventually led to the acclaimed biographical drama, “Dance With a Stranger” (1985), and the charming romantic comedy, “Enchanted April” (1991). Newell became an international name thanks to “Four Weddings and a Funeral” (1994), a witty romantic comedy that helped turn Hugh Grant into a star. Taking a decidedly American turn, he directed the gritty crime drama, “Donnie Brasco” (1997), only to follow with… read more
A decent film, but clearly overrated - it's miles and miles, and some more miles, away from the likes of Goodfellas or Scarface.
I would agree with 'Goodfellas.' Not so much with 'Scarface.' I think 'Scarface' is a completely different monster altogether. It's a great monster, but doesn't have that mafia movie feel. All that said, I feel 'Donnie Brasco' dives deep into emotions the way no other mafia movie does. Al Pacino's last scene is one of the most beautiful things I've seen in a while. His character as a whole is superb.