Donnie Brasco (1997)

DONNIE BRASCO is two-thirds of a great mob movie, with Al Pacino 
playing another memorable gangster and Johnny Depp reaching sur-
prising depths as the title character, the real-life FBI agent who 
infiltrated the Mafia in what was to become "one of the most suc-
cessful mole operations ever."  To quote to the production inform-
ation.  Every scene shared by Pacino and Depp (and the other tough 
guys, who include Michael Madsen and Third Stooge-lookalike Bruno 
Kirby) is wonderful, but take Depp's character back home, to his 
long-suffering wife and kids, and the movie grinds to a halt.  At 
the very least, neither Depp nor Anne Heche, who plays the Mrs., 
appears old enough to have children as old as they do.  Directed by 
Mike Newell (FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL).  (Rated "R"/126 min.)

Grade: B-

Copyright 1997 by Michael J. Legeros

Originally posted to triangle.movies in MOVIE HELL: March 2, 1997

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