BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
Donnie Brasco ★★★★
9.00-11.35pm Movie Mix
This is based on the true story of an undercover FBI agent, Joseph D Pistone, who infiltrated the Bonanno Mafia family in New York purporting to be Donnie Brasco, a jewel thief. The action moves from New York to Florida and involves much skulduggery, violence and sudden death but at the heart of it is a friendship — that between Brasco (Johnny Depp) and Lefty (Al Pacino), an ageing hitman who, unaware of Brasco’s real identity, introduces him to the Mob and acts as his mentor. As his Mafia involvement increases, Donnie grows more and more like the mobsters, to the detriment of his marriage to Anne Heche. An intriguing story deftly directed by Mike Newell and splendidly acted by Pacino and Depp.
A magnificent Hollywood romp as Jane Russell and Richard Egan lead a Caribbean adventure to find lost treasures. A classic forgotten gem.
9.00-10.45pm Film Four
Tom Hardy is at his most brooding and brilliant in this uniquely self-contained film about a man frantically driving through the night to prevent his life from falling apart.
The Naked Gun ★★★★★
The double entendres flow as Leslie Nielsen’s idiot cop Frank Drebin crashes the scene in his first hilarious big-screen spoof adventure.
Diary of the Dead ★★★★
10.50pm-12.45am Horror Channel
Master of the undead George A Romero directs another gruesomely amusing horror as a bunch of film students record their survival story during a zombie apocalypse.
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