They were unstoppable, untouchable, uncontrollable. They were the Mafia, a law unto themselves and no-one could get to them. Until an FBI agent broke ranks and infiltrated their violent underworld, getting closer to its inner circle than any U.S. law officer ever had. The the force, he was Joe Pistone. The Mafia knew him as Donnie Brasco. Academy Award winner Al Pacino (1992 - "Scent of A Woman") and Johnny Depp star in this devastating true story of the man who had the power to bring the mafia down.
This true story follows FBI agent Joe Pistone as he infiltrates the mafia of New York. Befriending Lefty Ruggiero, Pistone (under the name Donnie Brasco) is able to embed himself in a mafia faction lead by Sonny Black. Ruggiero and Pistone become tight as the group goes about collecting money for 'the bosses'. Eventually, the group become big time when Black himself becomes a boss, all the while Pistone collects evidence. However, the trials and tribulations of the undercover work become more than Pistone can bear. His marriage falls apart and to top it off, the mafia suspect a mole in the organization. The real dilemma is afforded to Pistone, who knows if he walks away from the mafia, Ruggiero will be the one punished.
An adaptation of the real life story of a family that gave their all to bring down a major organized crime family. It is not just the law enforcement officers who paid but their families who had to live in fear with absent members unable to support them. A moving, dramatic, and intense story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Pacino and Depp are a perfect match for their roles and their talent shines. Impressive.
This film is very, very good, it proves hard to find in video shops but this should not be a deterrent for anyone. It is a brilliant film and both Johnny Depp and Al Pacino are brilliant. I recommend this to anyone and everyone who is a fan of Johnn Depp, Al Pacino or mob movies. I loved it and generally mob films are not my thing but I adore this film.
This movie is acted superbly by both Johnny Depp and Al Pacino, so much so that you can forget that they are big name actors and just get right into the characters they are playing. The story itself is gritty and compelling and also sad. A real and tangible friendship is felt between Depp and Pacino’s characters that is not often seen in a movie. Very good.