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The Real Donnie Brasco - Joseph D. Pistone (Donnie Brasco)


Joseph D. Pistone (born 1939), alias Donnie Brasco, was an FBI agent who worked undercover for years to infiltrate the Bonanno family, a branch of the Mafia in New York City. He developed a close relationship with Bonanno capo (crew captain) Dominick "Sonny Black" Napolitano, and was tutored in the ways of the Mafia by Bonanno mobster Benjamin Rugg ....
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Themes (Goodfellas)


Goodfellas is widely regarded as the first gangster film to show in detail how the "working class" mafia lived. Unlike The Godfather series, there is no central "don" character. Henry, Jimmy and Tommy are "blue-collar" soldiers in a larger family, but the film never shows us their ultimate superiors, Paul Cicero's bosses. (According to Nicholas Pil ....
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Trivia (Millers Crossing)


* Trey Wilson, the actor who played Nathan Arizona, Sr., in the Coens' earlier film Raising Arizona, was originally cast to play mob boss Leo but died before filming. The role then went to Finney.

* Sam Raimi, film director and friend of the Coens, appears in a cameo as the principal police gunman at the siege of the Sons of Er ....
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