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Mike Newell

Donnie Brasco

Director Mike Newell Composer Patrick Doyle Cast Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen
127' - 1997 - Crime, Drama, Biography - Dialogue: Italian, English, Japanese
Focusing on the nuts-and-bolts world of an everyday mobster and the undercover cop with whom he forms a doomed camaraderie, ‘Donnie Brasco’ achieves an accessible mix of entertainment and reality. Director Mike Newell was previously best-known for the romantic comedy ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ (1994), and he admirably switches gears without losing his knack for character-driven storytelling. Johnny Depp proves his versatility in the lead role of a family-man cop whose made-up mobster alter ego gains him acceptance in The Family; opposite him, Al Pacino crafts a fascinating, world-weary gangster, distinct from the mobsters he's played in the past. His Lefty is a far cry from the slick, bright Michael Corleone, but the character eventually comes to the similar realization that life among wise guys doesn't always translate into a life of wise decisions. (Matthew Doberman)

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Mike Newell


Patrick Doyle


Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen

Director of Photography

Peter Sova


Jon Gregory


Louis DiGiaimo, Mark Johnson, Gail Mutrux

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Italian, English, Japanese

Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

"Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia" (Joseph D. Pistone & Richard Woodley)