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Donnie Brasco - the forgotten gangster film 
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Post Donnie Brasco - the forgotten gangster film
Perhaps it's just me, but this fine film seems to fly under the radar somewhat. And I do think it's fine.

I rewatched it relatively recently and I prefer it now (as a sober, grown up kind of mob flick) than I did as a teen. Perhaps Mike Newell's conservative style gives it both an element of respectable decency, and yet one that keeps it from universal exposure and acclaim in the genre.

For better or worse, it's like the closest we've seen to a gangster film in the style of Merchant Ivory

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Really like where you're coming from Hugh, I fucking love it. Someone from this site somewhere made a comparison with 'Donnie Brasco' and 'The Departed' which was pretty fucking spot on. Donnie stands up to repeat viewings like precious few other gangster flicks, Departed "feels" more tiresome with every viewing. It's not forgotten mate, it's a modern day classic somewhat (if I wasn't going through a Pacino and De Niro addiction at the time of it's release there's no way I would've fallen for it so much in '97) underappreciated.

Although Depp gets a lot of credit for his change in demeanour throughout the running time, Pacino owns it. Even when Johnny is slapping that stripper owner dude around at the start we feel it from Pacino's perspective. Pretty fucking cool from Depp to underplay the character as much as he does.

Special mention should go to Michael Madsen's little dance too. He's pretty good at that.

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Good point there about the characters.

This film is about Depp as Brasco, but is more about the bad choices Lefty has made in his life, and how they've led him to his inevitable fate.

There is something of a touching relationship between the two. I wonder if David Chase watched this before developing the Sopranos, as it seems to expand on the gangsters-as-humans theme.

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Post Re: Donnie Brasco - the forgotten gangster film
This is Al Pacino's best preformance.
I love the scene where after organising the big meeting he is just pushed to one side and then see his protege being promoted over him.
The look on his face when he realises this is just devastating.
he realises that he will always be in on the outside looking in.

It is great to see such a subdued deepned charactor from Al Pacino


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