Donnie Brasco

Donnie Brasco

Mike Newell (1997)

bbfc_rating|ages_18_and_over Certificate


Our Score
In this 1970s-set crime drama, Al Pacino stars as a sleazeball who inducts young Brasco (played by Johnny Depp) into the codes and "family" values of organised crime. In fact, Brasco is an FBI undercover agent whose job threatens his marriage to Anne Heche as well as his life. In a way, it's a curious reversal of Pacino's earlier role in Serpico, in which his character went under cover. Directed by Mike Newell - a change of pace from Four Weddings and a Funeral - it's pitched midway between the epic Godfather and the flash GoodFellas, and develops nicely as Depp finds himself becoming rather fond of his monstrous mentor. The period setting - a world of tacky shirts, fur collars and plastic lawns - is also beautifully evoked.


Fact-based crime drama about an FBI agent who goes undercover in the Mafia and becomes the protege of a gangster. However, the demands of his new double-life place an intolerable strain on his relationship with his family, especially as he faces the ultimate prospect of betraying his mentor. Starring Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Michael Madsen, Anne Heche and Bruno Kirby.

Cast & Crew

Lefty Ruggiero Al Pacino
Joe Pistone / "Donnie Brasco" Johnny Depp
Sonny Black Michael Madsen
Nicky Bruno Kirby
Paulie James Russo
Maggie Pistone Anne Heche
Tim Curley Zeljko Ivanek
Dean Blandford Gerry Becker
Dr Berger Zach Grenier
Sonny's girlfriend Gretchen Mol
Trafficante Val Avery
FBI technician Tim Blake Nelson
FBI technician Paul Giamatti
Director Mike Newell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment Film Dists LtdGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, a sex scene and nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray