Sunday, 7 March 2010
My Double Bills # 5
In Deep Cover Laurence Fishburne plays Russell Stevens aka John Q. Hull and in Donnie Brasco Johnny Depp plays Joe Pistone aka Donnie Brasco two cops (one FBI) going undercover.
Both men find that the lines between right & wrong, cop & criminal blur to a point where they are forced to choose between loyalty and holding the moral ground.
While both men put their lives at risk, those very real lives crumble
The casting of both movies is spot on as all the actors are important to driving the story. Alongside Fishburne is Jeff Goldblum and his character is mirrored by Michael Madsen in Brasco. Pacino is excellent as Lefty who is unaware of Donnie’s duplicity.
Both movies have the believability factor and proceed with the real tension that at any moment each man may be discovered or be dragged under
‘Brasco’ has Pacino as its ace and ‘Cover’ has its soundtrack.
Quotes from Deep Cover:
Gerald Carver: “So, Officer Stevens, tell me. Do you know the difference between a black man and a n****r?”
Russell Stevens: “The n****r’s the one that would even answer that question.”
David Jason: “You ever been with two women at the same time?”
John Hull: “Yeah, your mother and your father.”
Quotes from Donnie Brasco:
FBI Agent: What's forget about it?
Donnie Brasco: Forget about it is like if you agree with someone, you know, like Raquel Welch is one great piece of ass, forget about it. But then, if you disagree, like A Lincoln is better than a Cadillac? Forget about it! you know? But then, it's also like if something's the greatest thing in the world, like mingia those peppers, forget about it. But it's also like saying Go to hell! too. Like, you know, like "Hey Paulie, you got a one inch pecker?" and Paulie says "Forget about it!" Sometimes it just means forget about it.
Lefty: There's the boss. And, under him, there's the skipper. You know how this works?
Donnie Brasco: Yeah, it's like in the army.
Lefty: Bullshit. The army is some guy you don't know telling you to go whack some other guy you don't know.
Donnie Brasco: [Joe's kids are giving him the silent treatment] I bet you can't get through breakfast without saying three words
Daughter: [beaming up at him] You lose!
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