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Donnie Brasco

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Donnie Brasco
Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Mike Newell
Release Date 1997
Language English
Studio Mandalay Entertainment
Baltimore Pictures
Mark Johnson Productions
Distributor TriStar Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lefty Al Pacino
Donnie Johnny Depp
Maggie Anne Heche
Sonny Michael Madsen
Nicky Bruno Kirby
Paulie James Russo
Sonny Red Robert Miano
Tim Curley Zeljko Ivanek

Donnie Brasco is a 1997 crime film based on the biographical novel written by Joseph D. Pistone and Richard Woodley. The film stars Johnny Depp as Pistone, an FBI agent who went undercover into the Mafia in New York under the cover name of "Donnie Brasco". While infiltrating the mob, he learns the intricacies of the organization, mostly through Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero (portrated by Al Pacino), a low level enforcer. The film was directed by Mike Newell and the cast included Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, and Anne Heche.

The following weapons were used in the film Donnie Brasco:



Beretta 92FS

Two of the Mafioso, Dominick "Sonny Black" Napolitano (Michael Madsen) and Nicky Santora (Bruno Kirby) use Beretta 92FS pistols. Nicky's is clearly seen when he executes Sonny Red (Robert Miano) with a shot to the head. (The 92FS is an anachronism, as the film takes place between 1978 and 1981, before the 92FS was introduced). It would have been more accurate to use a Beretta 92 as they were introduced in 1976.

Beretta 92FS - 9mm
Sonny Black shoots a hoodlum.
Nicky shoots Sonny Red in the head.


Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero (Al Pacino) finds a M1911A1 with ornate grips hidden in the basement where Sonny Red and his cronies were killed. Mistakenly referred to as ".9 mm" by one of Sonny Reds men.(.22 revolvers can be seen behind he 1911s)

M1911A1 - .45 ACP.
Lefty pulls the 1911s out from a pipe.
Lefty shows off the 1911s he found.

Beretta M1934

Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero (Al Pacino) uses a Beretta M1934 to execute Nicky (Bruno Kirby), not a S&W Model 39 as previously mentioned. Note: This could also be a Beretta M1935 if you can tell which one appears in the film please specify.

Beretta M1935 - .32 ACP
Lefty shoots Nicky in the head.
Lefty holds his pistol in one hand while checking Nicky's pulse with the other.

Smith & Wesson 39

Paulie (James Russo) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 39 during the killing of Sonny Red. Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero (Al Pacino) also uses a Smith & Wesson 39 to intimidate Donnie (Johnny Depp) into killing Sonny Red's son.

Smith & Wesson 39 - 9x19mm
Lefty watches Sonny Red's son inside his boat.
Lefty aims at Donnie on the dock.
Donnie nervously looks back to see Lefty's gun trained on him.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero (Al Pacino) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver when he asks Donnie Brasco (Johnny Depp) about the yacht they used while in Miami. He then gives the gun to Donnie to use to kill Sonny Red's son.

Smith and Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Lefty points his Model 36 at Donnie as the latter reads about the FBI boat scheme.
Lefty indicates the boat on the magazine article Donnie reads.
Ignoring gun safety for the effect of drama, Lefty puts his revolver to his own head, finger on the trigger.
Lefty points his Model 36 at Donnie when he suspects him of being a "rat".
Donnie holds the snubnose while on the dock.

CZ 75

Joseph Pistone (Johnny Depp) is seen on the firing range with a "Pre-B" CZ 75 at the end of the film. This scene was only added because the studio wanted a shot of Depp firing a gun to use in the trailers.

"Pre-B" CZ 75 9x19mm
Pistone fires the CZ 75 at the FBI firing range.


Remington 870

The sheriff in Miami carries a Remington 870 shotgun when arresting Donnie Brasco (Johnny Depp) and raiding the casino.

Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 gauge

A sheriff approaches Donnie in Miami.
Donnie is arrested by the Miami police.

Sawed-off Double barrel shotguns

Sonny Black (Michael Madsen) and Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino) each use 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotguns when killing Sonny Red and his associates.

Stoeger/IGA Coach imported side by side shotgun - 12 gauge
Sonny Black fires his shotgun into Sonny Red.
Lefty fires his shotgun.
Sonny Black calmly reloads his shotgun.

Ithaca 37

One of the FBI agents arresting Donnie Brasco (Johnny Depp) in the end carries an Ithaca 37. Nicky (Bruno Kirby) uses one when killing Sonny Red and his associates.

Ithaca Model 37 riot version - 12 gauge
Nicky fires his shotgun at a mobster.
An FBI agent with an Ithaca 37 arrests Donnie.

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