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Thumbnail for Donnie Brasco (1997) Donnie Brasco (1997)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 78
Notable as: Crime FictionGenre: Crime Fiction, Thriller, Historical period drama, Crime Drama, Gangster Film, Biographical film, DramaNarrative location: Florida, New York City, MiamiRuntime: 123 - 147 minutesLanguage: English, Italian, JapaneseCountry: United StatesFilming location: New York City, New Jersey, Florida, MiamiDirector: Mike NewellScreenwriter: Paul AttanasioBased on: Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the MafiaMusic: Patrick DoyleStars: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, Anne Heche, Željko Ivanek, Gerry Becker, Robert Miano, Brian Tarantina Producer: Mark Johnson, Barry Levinson, Gail MutruxStudio: Mandalay Entertainment, Baltimore PicturesAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Paul Attanasio)Award details: (details at IMDb)
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Donnie Brasco is a 1997 American crime drama directed by Mike Newell and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, and Anne Heche appeared in supporting roles. The film is based on the true story of Joseph D. Pistone, an FBI undercover agent who infiltrated the Bonanno crime family in New York City during the 1970s, under the alias Donnie Brasco, aka, "The Jewel Man". Brasco maneuvers his way into the confidence of an aging hit-man, Lefty Ruggiero, who vouches for him. As Donnie moves deeper into the Mafia, he realizes that not only is he crossing the line between federal agent and criminal, but also leading his friend Lefty to an almost certain death. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The adaptation of the book by Joseph D. Pistone and Richard Woodley was by screenwriter Paul Attanasio.


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