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"Based on a true story."

'Donnie Brasco' stars Johnny Depp and Al Pacino in the movie based on the true story of undercover FBI agent; Joe Pisone and his infiltration into the Mafia. Joe, using the identity of 'Donnie Brasco' befriends Lefty Ruggiero (Pacino), who is a 30 year veteran hit man for the Mafia. At the time Donnie becomes friendly with Lefty, Lefty's life is on a downhill spiral as his marriage is failing, his son is on drugs and his own health is in decline. This makes Lefty wonder what he has to show for his years with the organization, however, Donnie gives him renewed hope in the thought that he can help Donnie succeed, which he quickly does.

Although Donnie's success was what Lefty had hoped for he quickly becomes jealous of his friend's growing reputation. Lefty begins to feel as if he has been left behind and Donnie has forgotten who he owes his success to as well as his growing reputation.

Amidst the investigation Joe/Donnie is trying to balance who he really is with who he is becoming, which it tearing apart his family but leaving him with little choice because it could be disastrous for, not only the case but his family as well. Adding to the complication is his growing friendship with Lefty. This revelation adds to the pressure because when he turns in the Mob associates that will pretty much end Lefty's life as well.

However, Joe/Donnie knows what he must do and completes his investigation, bringing the Mobsters to justice. Sadly, in this process Joe loses his family and his friendship with Lefty as one after one the various players are taken down for their crimes. Despite the take down of this particular family branch's operation Joe was forced into a different career due to the $500,000 contract that was placed on his head. He lives today under an assumed name in a undisclosed location.

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| 1997 | 2 hr 6 min | 7.8/10 | 76/100
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