Brothers Sam and Ben Townsend from Universally Speaking podcast return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Sam’s choice Donnie Brasco.

Donnie Brasco is a 1997 true crime drama based on the book Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia by Joseph D. Pistone, and Richard Woodley and directed by Mike Newell. It stars Johnny Depp as Joseph D. Pistone, an undercover FBI agent and Al Pacino as Lefty (“Horsecock”) Ruggiero the Mafia hitman he befriends to infiltrate the Bonanno crime family in the 1970s.

According to Pistone, this film adaptation is 85% true to life, which bits though he never revealed. Donnie Brasco was received pretty well on release, however, given the legacy of Goodfellas and The Sopranos it feels pretty pedestrian and unremarkable watched in 2020. It certainly doesn’t sell the glamorous Mafia lifestyle as Goodfellas does.


First-time watcher Kobi wasn’t entirely convinced and it is reflected in the scoring and not even dropping the f-bomb 185 times can make Donnie Brasco score higher than 3.55 overall.

What do you guys think? Have you seen Donnie Brasco? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!


Episode #193 Crew Links

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More about Donnie Brasco

For more info on Donnie Brasco, you can visit the Donnie Brasco IMDb page here or the Donnie Brasco Rotten Tomatoes page here.


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Films New On Netflix

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Critically injured in the line of duty, a cop is transformed into an experimental crime-fighting cyborg in this reboot of the 1980s sci-fi classic.

Added to UK Netflix:  7th February 2021

Space Sweepers

Chasing after space debris and faraway dreams in the year 2092, four misfits unearth explosive secrets during the attempted trade of a wide-eyed humanoid

Added to UK Netflix: 5th February 2021.



Artificial Svensson (Konstgjorda Svensson)


After an inventor gets tangled up in a case of mistaken identity, he is accidentally enlisted in the military and drawn into unexpected romantic affairs.

Added to UK Netflix: 4th FebruaryFebruary 2021

Egg Egg – A Hardboiled Story (Ägget Är Löst!

The tensions between a domineering patriarch of an eccentric egg factory and his rebellious son reach a boiling point in this 1975 dark comedy.

Added to UK Netflix: 4th February 2021.


Ingeborg Holm

A pair of powerful silent films showcase the work of director Victor Sjöström, who’s credited with ushering in Sweden’s first golden age of filmmaking and who later had a successful career in Hollywood.

Added to UK Netflix: 4th February 2021.

Films Leaving Netflix

Unfortunately, not all of the films stay on Netflix forever, booooo! Often you don’t get to find out until it’s too late. The films listed below are leaving Netflix UK super soon so please don’t miss out!

Welcome Home

 A couple rents a villa in Italy hoping to mend their bruised relationship, but the devilishly charming homeowner can’t seem to leave them alone.

Leaving: 12th February 2021.

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