DEPP CHARGE

A POWERHOUSE PERFORMANCE FINALLY PROPELS JOHNNY INTO THE MAINSTREAM

Donnie Brasco and Johnny Depp--the pair of diminutive and rhyming first names suggests, one hopes, larger reverberances between a compelling character and the fascinating young actor who plays him in a movie. Secretiveness and watchfulness are among the traits they share. So are tastes for danger, duplicity and disguise. Most significant, role playing is for both of them--albeit in rather different ways--a matter of life and death.

It's quite literally so for the hero of Donnie Brasco, Mike Newell's smart, suspenseful and neo-Scorsesian study of lowlife Mob life. Based on a true story, the film takes its title from the alias...

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