An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the Bonanno crime Family, only to find himself identifying more with the life of the 'wiseguys' and Mafia members, but at the expense of his real family. Based on the true-story of J. Pistone, a.k.a. Donnie Brasco, the supposed 6-month undercover mission would last 6 years.
Production Year: 1997
February 1, 2013 02:30 (KSA) ~ February 1, 2013 01:30 (CLT)
This true story follows FBI agent Joe Pistone who manages to infiltrate the 5 Mafia Families of New York as Donnie Brasco.
Befriending and vouched for by Lefty Ruggiero, Pistone is able to embed himself in a mafia faction lead by Sonny Black.
To avoid participating in the violence, he advertises himself as a jewel thief and gets training on Gemology and picking locks.
Ruggiero and Pistone become tight as the group goes about collecting money for 'the bosses'.
Eventually, the group hits the big time when Black himself becomes a boss, all the while Pistone is collecting evidence that will put over 120 'wiseguys' in prison for life.
As the mafia suspect a mole in the organization, and as the stress of undercover work becomes more than Pistone can bear, his marriage falls apart.
Pistone is in a dilemma because knows if he walks away from the mafia, Ruggiero- and anybody else who vouched for him- will be killed-'it's as if I'd pull the trigger myself'...
- Al Pacino
- Johnny Depp
- Michael Madsen
- Anne Heche
- Bruno Kirby
Directed by: Mike Newell
Rating: R for some strong graphic violence, pervasive strong language and brief nudity and sexuality