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Donnie Brasco is a 1997 American crime drama film directed by Mike Newell, and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, and Anne Heche appeared in supporting roles.


Joseph Pistone (Johnny Depp) is an FBI agent who has infiltrated one of the major New York Mafia families and is living under the name Donnie Brasco. He develops a relationship with mob hit man Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero (Al Pacino) in order to get deeper under cover, but ends up developing a real friendship with the Mafioso. As their relationship develops, Pistone must decide whether or not to complete his job, knowing that it will lead to the murder of his new friend.


  • Al Pacino as Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero
  • Johnny Depp as Joseph Pistone/Donnie Brasco
  • Michael Madsen as Dominick "Sonny Black" Napolitano
  • Bruno Kirby as Nicky Santora
  • Anne Heche as Maggie Pistone
  • James Russo as "Paulie" Cersani
  • Željko Ivanek as Tim Curley
  • Gerry Becker as Dean Blandford
  • Andrew Parks as Hollman
  • Robert Miano as Al "Sonny Red" Indelicato
  • Brian Tarantina as Anthony "Bruno" Indelicato
  • Rocco Sisto as Richard "Richie" Gazzo
  • Tim Blake Nelson as FBI Technician
  • Paul Giamatti as FBI Technician


Critical response

Donnie Brasco has received critical acclaim. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 87 percent of critics have given the film a positive review based on 55 reviews, with an average score of 7.8 out of 10, making the film a "Certified Fresh" on the website's rating system. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 76, based on 21 reviews, which indicates "Generally favorable reviews".