An FBI agent goes deep undercover with the New York Mafia and
finds himself identifying more with them than his real family.
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Directed by Mike Newell
Written by Paul Attanasio
Starring Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen,
Bruno Kirby, James Russo, Anne Heche
Based on the book by Joseph D. Pistone and Richard Woodley
Oscar Nominations - Best Adapted Screenplay
Donnie Brasco was an excellent film that featured superb performances by both Johnny Depp and Al Pacino. The film was based on the real life exploits of Special Agent Joseph D. Pistone, who went deep undercover with the Mafia and became an FBI legend.
This film does a great job of showing the double life that Pistone had to live as "Donnie Brasco" and how conflicted he was between these two lives. Pacino plays Lefty in such a way that you feel sorry for the guy, even though he's a cold-blooded killer. Definitely a great film and it comes recommended.
An excellent film that gave one of the best inside looks on the mafia and being an undercover agent. It also helped that the film featured exceptional performances from its two leads, Johnny Depp and Al Pacino. Depp was phenomenal as real life Special Agent Joseph D. Pistone, perfectly portraying the FBI legend who went deep undercover in the Mafia. Pacino was perfect as Lefty, easily giving a man who was a ruthless Mafia man a completely sympathetic side.
The film also does a great job of showing how Depp's character started to slowly identify with the Mafia and the dangers it presented to his family. A great mafia film that also explores deeper themes. Fans of the mobster genre will definitely enjoy this one.