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10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Movie Donnie Brasco

The 1997 Al Pacino/Johnny Depp movie Donnie Brasco was based on a true story of organized crime and the FBI infiltration that busted the Bonnano family gang. But as most such project go, it didn't exactly follow reality. The differences are fascinating.

10. The real operation was supposed last six months. It went on for six years.

Pistone went so deep into the cover of Donnie Brasco that he eventually had to be pulled out. Upon that time it was released to the families that he was actually an FBI agent.

9. The Bonnano family was kicked out of the Mafia Commission due to the security breach.

It’s rare that family gets kicked out of the Commission for anything but the most egregious of crimes. This however was simply too much and strangely enough it actually benefited the Bonnano family when the Commission was all but torn apart later on.

Read more about Donnie Brasco and how well it reflected -and then affected- the real-life characters at TVOM.


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