At a restaurant, Sonny asks a man, who played a poker game:

Sonny Black: Fucking booths. $200 in action and what we have we got, five?

Man: We're taking a beating again this week, Sonny.

What does "five" mean?

  • YouTube link would be handy - also whether he actually says "two hundred dollars" or just "two hundred".
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 9 at 15:41
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    Checked on a local copy, timestamp 38:53. Audio says, "Fucking Boots. Two hundred in action & whadda we got? Five?" Subs say "booths" & "$200". Subs guessed at, long after the fact, I'd go with ;)
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 9 at 18:31

$5,000 (or perhaps $5 but probably not)

From the script I could find it was (originally?) worded differently which makes it even more clear

as Sonny emerges from the bathroom, reading a slip of paper.
Crumples it, throws it in the trash.

Two hundred in action and we came
out with 35. That fucking Boots-
he runs that book like an old
lady. That's gonna change.

Later in the script they're talking about money owned in the order of hundreds of thousands. So "$200 in action" and "five" probably means $200,000 and $5,000 rather than $200 and $5.

  • There's a later version of the script, a bit closer to the final line - "That fucking Boots -- two hundred in action and we come out with a dime?" There's a later line "He went crossda street to get the action from Boots" which suggests he's a character we never actually see. [For the Brits, I think it's extremely doubtful he went to the chemist's ;))
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 9 at 14:31
  • Yeah @Tetsujin - looking back at my script they are playing 'gin' not poker. This is just a game for fun. The 'dime' line suggests that even more.
    – iandotkelly
    Jan 9 at 14:32
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    Ahh, reading through the whole scene, Sonny's dialog refers to his trip to Boots', not to anything going on in the gin game - so it could easily be thousands, not chump change. The later script loses the bathroom & has Sonny coming in from the front door. scriptslug.com/assets/scripts/donnie-brasco-1997.pdf pages 47-49
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 9 at 14:48
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    Yeah, it might be nice if the OP posts more than this so we can be sure about the actual movie.
    – iandotkelly
    Jan 9 at 15:37
  • So I edited it again to go back to the original $5,000
    – iandotkelly
    Jan 9 at 15:38

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