Donnie Brasco

Synopsis: This true story follows FBI agent Joe Pistone as he infiltrates the mafia of New York. Befriending Lefty Ruggiero, Pistone (under the name Donnie Brasco) is able to embed himself in a mafia faction led by Sonny Black. Ruggiero and Pistone become tight as the group goes about collecting money for 'the bosses'. Eventually, the group become big-time when Black himself becomes a boss; all the while, Pistone collects evidence. However, the trials and tribulations of the undercover work become more than Pistone can bear. His marriage falls apart, and to top it off, the mafia suspect a mole in the organization. The real dilemma is afforded to Pistone, who knows if he walks away from the mafia, Ruggiero will be the one punished.
Director(s): Mike Newell
Production: TriStar
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 15 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
127 min

You're not saying things

that mean anything.

It's not even a debate.

It's a better automobile!

Ain't no way you can say to me

a Lincoln is better than a Cadillac.

-A Lincoln is better. It's a better automobile.

-Forget about it.

A Cadillac's got more acceleration.

It's got more power.

It's got better handling.

It's got more legroom for your legs.

It's got more power.

-You just said that.



-You just said, "More power."

-You're starting to repeat yourself.

-I said that?

-You're getting senile.

-He got me so f*cking aggravated.

I'll tell you one thing,

Mercedes got it all over both of them.

A Mercedes?

A Lincoln's like driving a f*cking water bed,

for Christ's sakes.

-A Mercedes.

-Yeah. It's a good car.

I'll tell you one thing, my friend.

Undisputable. The Lincoln is longer.

It's longer? Longer like what?

Longer like my dick is longer?

No, no, no. We're not talking about

a Volkswagen.

What do you mean? Yeah, Volkswagen.

Longer. Like longer.

Like in inches it's longer.

-You don't make no f*cking sense.

-It's a longer car.

Two f*cking cars, right?

This is a car, this is a car, right?

Right here, okay?

All things being equal,

the one's longer gonna get there first.

You don't have to be f*cking Einstein

to understand this.

You know what happens

when you get there, don't you?


-You're still driving a f*cking Lincoln.

I'll show you a f*cking picture.

Two cars. The one's longer gets there first.

That's a scientific fact. It's a longer car.

-Can I ask you guys something?


Are you guys, you know, wise guys?

Wise guys? What are wise guys?

-You know...

-What makes you think we're wise guys?

We could be cops.


-You believed me. Undercover what?

-No, I didn't.

-You believed me.

-No, it's just...

-Who's that over there?


The guy by the bar with the mustache.

That's Don, Don the Jeweler.

Jilly brought him here.

What Jilly? Jilly "Four-eyes"?

Not that f*cking hump Jilly "Four-eyes."

Jilly, you know, from Queens.

-You think he's a wise guy?

-No, he's a connected guy.

Connected? If I had a thing to lay off,

he could lay it off for me?

-You got something you gotta lay off?

-Ain't the question.

-You got something you gotta lay off?

-Ain't the question.

I'm just saying if I had a thing,

he could lay it off. That's all.

All that f*cking money you owe downtown,

you'd have to lay off a f*cking Brink's truck.

-Sonny's in love.

-I think f*cking Lefty's in love.

I'll see you.

Were you asleep?

-Are you okay, honey?

-Yeah, I'm okay.

Go back to sleep. I'll call you tomorrow.

That's good, babe.

Okay. I'm sorry. I gotta go back to sleep.

I'm so tired.

-All right.

-All right.




Put the phone on your pillow.

I want to listen to you breathe.

You Don the Jeweler?

There. That's some beautiful thing.

Why don't you give it to your wife?

My wife? How am I gonna give it to my wife?

-I ain't married.

-Got a girlfriend?

-Yeah, I got a girlfriend.

-So marry her.

Hey, you for real?

I'm asking you

to middle a diamond for me here.

-All I want from my end is $8,000.

-And I'm saying to you

is you should give it to somebody that

don't know better, because that's a fugazy.

All right?

That's a fugazy?

How do you know it's a fugazy?

-You looked at it for two seconds.

-What? It's a fake.

I know what a fugazy is.

Hey, pal, you want to see something?

I'm gonna show you something.

There you go. Ain't that something?

That's a beautiful thing.

Yeah, that is a beautiful thing,

but it's not my thing.

What about this?

What do you want me to say?

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Paul Attanasio

Paul Albert Attanasio (born November 14, 1959) is an American screenwriter and film and television producer, who was an executive producer on the television series House (2004–2012). He received Academy Award nominations for Quiz Show (1994) and Donnie Brasco (1997) screenplays. more…

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