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A 1997 American crime movie starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp, based on the true story of an undercover FBI agent who infiltrated the Bonanno crime family during the 70s.

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What is Lefty talking about when he says "What kind of a man has a malvole"?

In the movie Donnie Brasco, Lefty says to Donnie after being introduced to Richie Gazzo: What kind of a man has a malvole? He won't provide for his own wife. Is he talking about the bar, the car, a ...
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Donnie Brasco book reference

More than once, New York Mob member "Lefty" (Al Pacino), brags to Johnny Depp (playing an undercover FBI agent) all he has done (hits) for the Mob: "So when they open the books, they ...
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What does "A dime on the vig" mean?

In Donnie Brasco (1997), Sonny Black speaks to electrolarynx Man, who try to sell Sergio Valentes: Sonny Black: I got a guy that's in the middle of this load of Sergio Valentes. Man: A dime on the ...
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What does "five" mean?

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 &...
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Why are the Lefty gang not supposed to talk about Florida?

In Donnie Brasco (1997), the Lefty gang came back to New York by plane and gathered together to discuss their illegal business, i.e. shakedowns and hijackings: Sonny Black: What do you got, Nicky? ...
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What does "on the clothesline" mean?

In Donnie Brasco (1997), Lefty asks Donnie about 90 foot boat for Santo Trafficante: Donnie: No, I'm working on it. Lefty: Don't tell me no. You got to get that boat. I reached out already. His man ...
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What does "punch of salt" mean?

In Donnie Brasco (1997), Lefty & Pistone argue about salt in the kitchen: What does "punch of salt" mean?
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Why does Lefty's gang have to stand outside in cold weather like this?

In Donnie Brasco (1997), I didn't understand the scene where Lefty's gang has to stand outside in cold weather like this: Nicky: I'm freezing my balls off. What do we got to be standing outside all ...
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Why does Lefty frequently use the phrase "fuhgeddaboudit"?

In the movie Donnie Brasco (1997), why does Lefty frequently use the phrase "fuhgeddaboudit"?
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What does "Even when he's wrong, he's right" mean?

In Donnie Brasco (1997), Lefty says to Donnie: I'm always right. A wise guy's always right. Even when he's wrong, he's right. This line is strangely close to this Scarface line
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Why did Donnie ask that question?

In Donnie Brasco (1997), sitting in the car, Lefty told Donnie how he supported Sonny Blacks family while Sonny Black was in prison. Now Lefty is meeting Sonny Black despite the fact that he think ...
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In the film Donnie Brasco, why did the FBI tell the mafia that Donnie was an undercover agent?

In the film Donnie Brasco, why did the FBI tell the mafia that Donnie was an undercover agent? What am I missing? Why does the FBI seem stupid?
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Did Donnie Brasco really know the diamond was fake?

In the film Donnie Brasco, there is a scene where Lefty (Al Pacino) comes to him with a diamond, without much hesitation Donnie (Johnny Depp) immediately identifies it as a fake. This later leads to ...
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In Donnie Brasco, Lefty said: "You're still driving a fucking Lincoln when you get there." What's that mean?

In Donnie Brasco the following dialogue occurs: Nicky: "It's a longer car. Two fucking cars, right? This is a car, this is a car, right?" Lefty continues to watch Brasco. His friend talks from ...
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Two questions about the scene that took place in Florida

When Lefty and Sonnie Black were sitting beside the swimming pool. There were lines like this: 01:09:03 What are you doing? You want to throw me in the pool? You got the balls? 01:09:07 He hasn't ...
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What does "he got a mistress for the mistress" mean?

In Donnie Brasco Al Pacino says "He got a mistress for the mistress." What does that mean? Does that mean he has a lot of mistresses, or that one of Sonny Black's mistresses is a lesbian?
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Why does Lefty say that he has to "check his lipstick"?

At about 39:13 in Donnie Brasco, when Al Pacino (lefty) said: "I'm checking my lipstick." What's that supposed to mean? When he looks backward with a mirror, is it because he is afraid to get whacked ...
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Question about a line from Donnie Brasco

What are Al Pacino and other people talking about when Al Pacino said "It's longer? Longer like what? Like my dick is longer?" and the other person says "No no no, we are not talking about a ...
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