Donnie Brasco


2h 6m 1997

Brief Synopsis

In the 1970s, FBI undecover agent Joe Pistone infiltrates the mob, leaving his family behind and assuming the false persona of the jewel man Donnie Brasco. His assignment: to become a trusted insider with the infamous Bonanno family by gaining the confidence of a low-level gangster. Lefty Ruggiero is an aging, two-bit hit-man who sees a new future for himself with the smart, young thief Donnie Brasco and enlists him as his protege. Together the two men enter into a camaraderie that will not allow either one to distance himself emotionally. Meanwhile, Donnie begins to get lost in the distance between his real and undercover selves. As Donnie moves deeper and deeper into the Mafia chain of command, he realizes he is not only losing the line between federal agent and criminal, between who he pretends to be and who he actually is, he is also leading Lefty, his closest friend, to an almost certain death sentence.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Crime
Thriller
Biography
Adaptation
Release Date
1997
Distribution Company
TriStar Pictures
Location
New York City, New York, USA; Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA; Brooklyn, New York, USA; New Jersey, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 6m

Synopsis

In the 1970s, FBI undecover agent Joe Pistone infiltrates the mob, leaving his family behind and assuming the false persona of the "jewel man" Donnie Brasco. His assignment: to become a trusted insider with the infamous Bonanno family by gaining the confidence of a low-level gangster. Lefty Ruggiero is an aging, two-bit hit-man who sees a new future for himself with the smart, young thief Donnie Brasco and enlists him as his protege. Together the two men enter into a camaraderie that will not allow either one to distance himself emotionally. Meanwhile, Donnie begins to get lost in the distance between his real and undercover selves. As Donnie moves deeper and deeper into the Mafia chain of command, he realizes he is not only losing the line between federal agent and criminal, between who he pretends to be and who he actually is, he is also leading Lefty, his closest friend, to an almost certain death sentence.

Crew

Sam Adelman

Assistant Editor

G. A. Aguilar

Stunt Coordinator

Chris Allies

Titles

Philip Alton

Foley Editor

Melvin Anderson

Production Assistant

Thomas M Anderson

Best Boy

Paul Attanasio

Screenplay

Andre Baeza

Song

Ross Bagdasarian

Song Performer

Ross Bagdasarian

Song

Sue Baker

Dialogue Editor

Richard Baratta

Unit Production Manager

David E Baron

Assistant Camera Operator

Gilbert Becaud

Song

Michael Bederman

Accounting Assistant

Laura Berning

Assistant Location Manager

Emily Bindiger

Song Performer

Ralph Blane

Song

Margot Boccia

Makeup Artist

Nathaniel Bonini

Assistant Location Manager

James Bono

Assistant Property Master

Jeanne Brennan

Production Coordinator

Aude Bronson-howard

Costume Designer

Peter Brown

Song

Peter Brown

Song Performer

Milton Buras

Hair Stylist

Donald Graham Burt

Production Designer

Nathan J. Busch

Hair Stylist

John Caglione Jr.

Makeup Artist

Bobby Caldwell

Song

Bobby Caldwell

Song Performer

Budd Carr

Music Producer

Cynthia Carriere

Production Assistant

Tim Cavagin

Rerecording

Victor Chan

Stunts

Aryn Chapman

Production Assistant

Robin Clarke

Music Editor

Kyle Cooper

Main Title Design

Jon Copley

Art Department Coordinator

Bruce Corkum

Assistant

Lou Crisa

Assistant

Robin Cross

Accounting Assistant

Vic Damone

Song Performer

Frank Decurtis

On-Set Dresser

Christi Dembrowski

Assistant

Lisa Diamond

Assistant

Neil Diamond

Song Performer

Neil Diamond

Song

John Dicker

Assistant Editor

Claudette Didul

On-Set Dresser

Lou Digiaimo

Assistant

Louis Digiaimo

Producer

Louis Digiaimo

Casting

Bruno Dilazarro

Song

Danny Diminno

Song

Timothy Donohue

Production Assistant

Patrick Doyle

Music

Deborah Dreyer

On-Set Dresser

Robbie Dupree

Song Performer

Fleet Emerson

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Robert Espinosa

Song

Ray Evans

Song

Graham Farrow

Assistant Sound Editor

Sylvia Fay

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Sid Feller

Song

Jim Flamberg

Special Thanks To

Roy Freeland

Song

Ian Fuller

Sound Editor

Valentina Giambanco

Assistant Editor

Barry Gibb

Song

Maurice Gibb

Song

Robin Gibb

Song

Mary C Gierczak

Costumes

Brett Goldstein

Casting

Marianne Gray Pettersson

Post-Production Coordinator

Leroy Green

Song

Michael Green

Assistant Camera Operator

Alan Greenspan

Executive Producer

Jon Gregory

Editor

Michelle Guastello

Assistant

Marcelino Guerra

Song

Richard Guinness

Key Grip

Chandra Joy Hagopian

Other

Brian Hamill

Photography

Herbie Hancock

Song Performer

Herbie Hancock

Song

Nigel Harrison

Song

Deborah Harry

Song

Eric Henriquez

Dga Trainee

Sam Hoffman

Assistant Director

Derek Holding

Adr Editor

Richard Holston

Transportation Captain

Scott Hornbacher

Location Manager

Paul Hulme

Other

Dean Humphreys

Rerecording

Michael Hyde

Transportation Coordinator

Sorin Iarovici

Assistant Editor

Kevin Janicelli

Rigging Gaffer

Jon Johnson

Production Assistant

Mark Johnson

Producer

Tish Johnson

Accounting Assistant

Susann Jones

Assistant

Tim Judge

Assistant

Lisa Katcher

Script Supervisor

Danielle Katz

Production Assistant

Kate Kelly

Assistant Production Coordinator

Ron Kersey

Song

Alfons Kettner

Song

Claire L Kirk

Production Assistant

Bill Labounty

Song

Sal Lanza

Best Boy Grip

Michael Lespron

Song

Barry Levinson

Producer

Sandy Linzer

Song

Jay Livingston

Song

Carmen Lombardo

Song

Jeff Lynne

Song

Ian Macbeth

Assistant Sound Editor

Brian Magness

Song

Tod A Maitland

Sound Mixer

Dean Martin

Song Performer

Hugh Martin

Song

Kezia Martin

Assistant Editor

Allan Mason

Music Producer

Johnny Mathis

Song Performer

Vinny Mazzarella

Assistant Property Master

James Mazzola

Property Master

Jeff Mazzola

Assistant Property Master

Steve Mcauliff

Animal Trainer

Patrick Mccormick

Executive Producer

Jeffrey D Mcdonald

Assistant Art Director

Patrick Mcgrath

Dolly Grip

Steven W Mckinney

Assistant

Beverly Meade

Accounting Assistant

Hector Mesa

Production Assistant

Dick Mingalone

Camera Operator

Lou Monte

Song Performer

Warren Moore

Song

Doug Moreno

Accounting Assistant

Deborah Moses

On-Set Dresser

Gary Muller

Assistant Camera Operator

Jamie Mullins

Production Assistant

Kevin Murphy

Lighting Technician

Gail Mutrux

Producer

Sylvia Nestor

Music Coordinator

Christine Newell

Assistant Sound Editor

Alex Newman

Animal Trainer

Michael Nichodem

Assistant Location Manager

Peter Norman

Photography

Victor Nunes

Assistant Sound Editor

T. J. O'mara

Boom Operator

Ron Ottesen

Special Effects Supervisor

Mitchell Parish

Song

Alan Parsons

Song

Grahame Peters

Sound Effects Editor

Ronald Plant

Grip

Leslie Pope

Set Decorator

Maria Poulathas

Production Assistant

Roy Prendergast

Music Editor

Lauren Press

Assistant Costume Designer

Andrew Priestley

Assistant Camera Operator

Melvin Ragin

Song

Denny Randell

Song

Robert S. Rans

Song

Ricardo Ray

Song Performer

Michael Redfern

Assistant Sound Editor

Joseph Reidy

Assistant Director

Danielle Rigby

Assistant Director

David Carl Robinson

Costume Designer

Maggie Rodford

Music

Peter De Rose

Song

Chris Rossman

Production Assistant

Shea Rowan

Production Assistant

Ben Ryan

Song

Jimmy Sabater

Song Performer

Jefferson Sage

Art Director

Jerome Salas

Song

Raymond Samitz

Construction Coordinator

Charle Sammut

Animal Trainer

Michael Saxton

Post-Production Supervisor

Gary Schreiner

Song

Gary Schreiner

Song Performer

Ian Seymour

Assistant Editor

James E Sheridan

Production Assistant

Curt Sobel

Music

Curt Sobel

Song Performer

Curt Sobel

Song

Peter Sova

Director Of Photography

John Stanborough

Color Timer

Donald Storball

Song

Niki Strippoli

Production Assistant

Steve Swanson

On-Set Dresser

David Tain

Production Assistant

Lawrence Tarzy

Costumes

Tink Ten Eyck

Production Accountant

The Miracles

Song Performer

Shawnna Thibodeau

Production Assistant

Allen Toussaint

Song

Allan Trumpler

Scenic Artist

Jerry Vale

Song Performer

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Crime
Thriller
Biography
Adaptation
Release Date
1997
Distribution Company
TriStar Pictures
Location
New York City, New York, USA; Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA; Brooklyn, New York, USA; New Jersey, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 6m

Award Nominations

Best Adapted Screenplay

1997

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 1997 award for Best Actor (Al Pacino) from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Winner of the 1997 award for Best Supporting Actress (Anne Heche) from the National Board of Review.

Released in United States on Video July 22, 1997

Released in United States Winter February 28, 1997

Paul Attanasio was nominated for the 1997 award for Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published by the Writers Guild of America. (WGA).

Began shooting February 19, 1996.

Completed shooting May 23, 1996.

Released in United States Winter February 28, 1997

Released in United States on Video July 22, 1997