Donnie Brasco

Donnie Brasco (1997)

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Factual error: Towards the middle of the film,Pacino and Depp are walking downtown, there is alot of traffic and some of the cars are "post 1978" model . One in particular caught my eye, which was a mid-80's Ford Taurus (even the model of the car didn't exist in 1978).

Continuity mistake: When Pacino asks a guy in a barbershop about Depp, the guy is being shaved, and the shaving foam is only on his cheek, but when he's at the doorway calling to Depp to come in the barbershop the foam reaches his temple, then back inside the foam is only at his cheek again.

Continuity mistake: When Depp and Pacino are in the bow of the yacht Depp got from the FBI, Depp puts his glass on the rail of the boat and it is in shot. In one shot of Depp the glass is gone and the next time you see Depp its back.

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Suggested correction: They must've recut the scene because the glass is always present.

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where the two are crossing the bridge in the car, the camera crew can be seen several times as reflections in the windscreen when the shot changes to outside the car.

Continuity mistake: In one scene where the men are in Florida, there's a equence of Donnie calling from Miami to NY and it's cold and snowy there, then cut to Sonny in Miami reading about John Wayne's death, which occured in June of '79 (hardly snow time), then back to Donnie on the phone with his wife in NY.

Factual error: When Johnny Depp and Al Pacino are driving in the car (I believe it's the first time Depp drives Pacino around), they pass an MCI billboard - the one that continually updates the figures as to how much money you'd save if you had MCI long distance phone service. MCI didn't exist in 1978.

Factual error: A group of guys are walking into a hangar at some airport. When they are walking into the door you can see a jet moving behind them. It is a Continental Airlines jet with their new Continental logo on the tail. I believe they updated it in the last two years. The movie was set in 1978 and this logo obviously wasn't on the jets back then.

Factual error: At the beginning of the movie, we see Donnie Brasco calling home from a phone booth. In the wide shot, on the right are two plastic A-frame construction barricades; plastic barricades are a recent invention, and were not used in 1978. (00:05:00)

Audio problem: Near the beginning of the film Donnie and Lefty are walking down the street and talking. Donnie starts by saying "I ain't got no family". Throughout the whole conversation Donnie's and Lefty's lips are WAY out of sync with what they're saying.


Continuity mistake: When Depp is at Pacino's house and he is about to leave but still sitting down, Pacino is wearing a ring on each of his hands, but the one on his left hand disappears in the next scene.

Factual error: When Depp makes a phone call to his wife on a pay phone, the price of the phone call - $.25 - seen on the phone. Phone calls didn't cost that much in 1978.

Continuity mistake: Right after Nicky gets whacked, Donnie and Lefty are in Donnie's car arguing. They show several shots of the outside of the car, with some kind of camera rigged on the driver's rear side of the Caddy. This Caddy however looks different than Donnie's regular Caddy. The paint is faded and some of the body work is very crooked. They probably just found a junk Caddy to mount the camera on.


Factual error: When Johnny Depp and Al Pacino are in the garage at Donnie's house, look at the items on the shelves. There are quite a few collectible Hess truck toys. More than a couple of them are toy trucks that were issued in the 1990s.

Continuity mistake: When the guy is vouching for Donnie at the barbershop, he and Lefty walk out of the barbershop and the windshield wipers on the Lincoln that Donnie is sitting in are off, and so is the car. The shot changes and the car is on and the wipers are wiping. Then the shot abruptly changes again and the car and the wipers are off once again.

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie, Lefty first sponsors Donnie to the wise guys hanging out in front of the club waiting for Rusty. As Rusty's Lincoln rolls up, the front shot of the Lincoln is a 1978-79 model. The next shot depicting the side view of the roll up is a 1980-81 model.

Factual error: When the crew is in Florida and Donnie calls his wife from a payphone it's winter in NY with snow all over the ground, however in the same scene Sonny reads the cover of the paper "John Wayne Dead." John Wayne died in June.

Continuity mistake: Beginning of the movie, in the scene where Donnie comes by Lefty's for Christmas. As Lefty, Donnie and Annette are all in the kitchen, the wide shot shows them all with Lefty cutting the chicken on what is a pass through counter, with the stove behind him. The next shot shows the reverse angle with Lefty now at the stove with the counter behind him which now is closed in with a wall behind it.

Continuity mistake: Sonny Black hands Leftie the matchbook in an easy to read position,but in the next shot Leftie has to turn the matchbook to read it.

Factual error: In the airport scene, the Burlington Air Express plane being towed is marked Burlington Northern Air Freight, Inc. (BNAFI), a subsidiary of Burlington Northern Railroad. In 1982, BNAFI was acquired by the Pittston Company, which later became Brink's. In 1986, BNAFI changed its name to Burlington Air Express, which is outside of the movie's time frame of 1976-1982.

Revealing mistake: In the basement shootout, when a man is shot in the stomach, we see a close-up of his guts hanging out, and there's tape around it.


Sonny Black: You know what we do when we find that rat, right, Lefty?
Lefty: 'Could be I found him already.

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Trivia: Throughout the entire movie, Donnie Brasco is seen wearing a wire device. In the actual book, Agent Pistone was said to only wear a wire maybe a few times in the 6 years he was undercover.

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Question: Did the real Lefty actually have "cancer of the prick", as was claimed in the movie?

Answer: Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero suffered from testicular cancer, as well as lung cancer.


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