Infiltrating the mafia

“When I introduce you, I’m gonna say, ‘This is a friend of mine.’ That means you’re a connected guy. Now if I said instead, ‘this is a friend of ours,’ that would mean you a made guy. Capiche?”
— Lefty Ruggiero

Joe Pistone has a tough job. He has to infiltrate the mafia and gather evidence so that the perpetrators can be brought to face the law. However, as he gets deeper into the organization, he begins to relate more to life in the mafia than his real life.

We are afforded the pleasure of watching an unlikely camaraderie develop between Lefty and Joe as they face the trials and tribulations of life in the mafia. The struggles both men go through with their families is especially telling.

Al Pacino and Johnny Depp were incredible in their respective performances. It is a shame they haven’t worked on more projects together and it is an equal shame this masterpiece of modern cinema is not more widely acknowledged for its genius.