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Johnny Depp might have played Donnie Brasco in the Academy Award-nominated film, but the real-life hero is Joe Pistone. Pistone came up on the mean streets of Patterson, New Jersey before going deep undercover and spending six years inside the Bonanno and Columbo crime families. In the new podcast “Deep Cover-The Real Donnie Brasco,” Joe Pistone shares the true stories of his time with The Mob to his friend, and our host, actor Leo Rossi. If you loved the Sopranos--“Fuhggedaboutit”--this is The Real Donnie Brasco.
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Deep Cover: The Real Donnie Brasco Jam Street Media

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    • 4.7 • 39 Ratings

Johnny Depp might have played Donnie Brasco in the Academy Award-nominated film, but the real-life hero is Joe Pistone. Pistone came up on the mean streets of Patterson, New Jersey before going deep undercover and spending six years inside the Bonanno and Columbo crime families. In the new podcast “Deep Cover-The Real Donnie Brasco,” Joe Pistone shares the true stories of his time with The Mob to his friend, and our host, actor Leo Rossi. If you loved the Sopranos--“Fuhggedaboutit”--this is The Real Donnie Brasco.
Learn more at deepcoverpodcast.com 

    S3 Ep7: Reality vs. Fiction Part 1, Behind the Scenes of Donnie Brasco

    S3 Ep7: Reality vs. Fiction Part 1, Behind the Scenes of Donnie Brasco

    Joe Pistone and Leo Rossi review and discuss the most popular clips from the motion picture, “Donnie Brasco” based on Joe’s book about his time spent undercover in the mob.Joe clarifies a few of the most important contrasts between real life and dramatization and offers some new revelations about the infamous 1981 killing of 3 capos and a boss from the Bonanno Crime Family.We learn how Johnny Depp and others, mostly unknown actors at the time, got the role of a lifetime– including a childhood friend. And he answers a question from the Motion Lounge! Tune in.

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    Twitter: @deepcoverpodcastEpisode Notes:[00:00:00] Intro with Joe Pistone and Leo Rossi

    [00:01:07] Behind the scenes: “Donnie Brasco” the movie

    [00:02:40] Fuhgeddaboudit aka “Forget about it!”

    [00:07:30] The killing of the 3 Capos in the Bonanno Crime Family ("Phil Lucky," "Sonny Red" and “Big Trin”), starting with the boss, Carmine Gallente

    [00:10:17] Dramatic license: Joe clarifies that he was not physically present during the whackings.

    [00:11:31] The truth about Dominick "Big Trin" Trinchera, the actor George Angelica

    [00:15:15] Sonny Red, Big Trin, and Phil Lucky discuss “Where is Bruno?”

    [00:17:45] The infamous murder scene in “Donnie Brasco”

    [00:20:06] On Jimmy Russo and Johnny Depp’s tense dialogue in the car

    [00:23:09] “The meek wanna inherit the Earth…” Joe and Leo discuss the scriptwriter, Paul Attanasio.

    [00:25:02] Unfortunately, it was just “family business.” Joe shares how the mob could effectively compartmentalize after a killing.

    [00:28:35] Next time: More movie clips, Joe and Lefty Ruggerio.

    [00:29:13] A question from The Motion Lounge

    [00:30:32] Why did the mob whack so many people in restaurants?

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    • 34 min
    S3 Ep6: Tony Conti Exit Tapes - Lefty's Goose Chase

    S3 Ep6: Tony Conti Exit Tapes - Lefty's Goose Chase

    The Tony Conti saga comes to an end. In this episode, Leo Rossi and Joe Pistone take us through several different tapes that meticulously details the quick, but life-threatening, downfall of Tony Conti (undercover FBI agent) following an incident with the Balistrieri family. 

    In Joe’s attempt to cover for his partner’s disappearance after being pulled from the investigation, Joe as Donnie Brasco takes a necessary and calculated trip to Milwaukee in search of the supposed wannabe wise guy. With Lefty Ruggiero hot on his trail, Donnie fabricates his findings. Then, the sobering event ends with an impromptu late-night meeting between the two and mob boss, Mike Sabella.

    Episode Notes:

    [00:00] Intro with Leo Rossi and Joe Pistone

    [01:08] TAPE: Where is Tony Conti? Joe dictates letter about Lefty Ruggiero and Tony’s meeting for Jules Bonavolonta of the FBI (10/10/1978 at 9:30pm)

    [05:37] How was Conti in real life? Did he really have a relationship with three women?

    [07:42] Everybody’s Joe

    [08:37] Frank Balistrieri’s girlfriend was disrespected and Mike Sabella vouches for everyone

    [12:42] At the heart of it all is greed: Balistrieri to Trafficante

    [13:45] Conti beats the scam; disappears in Milwaukee

    [15:32] Donnie offers Lefty $500 from a “score” or bet

    [18:25] Lefty calls Donnie for a mysterious late night meet

    [20:24] TAPE: Donnie and Lefty discuss the search for Tony Conti’s car in Milwaukee

    [24:52] Lefty talks about a $7,000 contractor for a fast food restaurant

    [27:17] TAPE: Donnie tells Lefty that Conti’s car is impounded by the cops

    [30:44] Lefty Ruggiero does not play about his money

    [33:26] TAPE: Donnie plants the idea that Tony Conti was whacked; Lefty pushes back

    [38:44] TAPE: Lefty gives Donnie final search locations for Tony; tells him to make a restaurant reservation at 12am at night

    [42:11] Joe Pistone says that dinner would later become a vital part of the investigation

    [43:17] TAPE: Donnie presents Lefty with the potential car tag belonging to Tony Conti

    [45:45] Lefty’s never asleep

    [46:23] Joe Pistone explains how answering difficult questions can be life or death; sign off until next time

    • 47 min
    S3 EP5: The Milwaukee Tapes

    S3 EP5: The Milwaukee Tapes

    Following last week’s focus on the casino deal between Traficante, Sonny Black, and the Bonnano family– in this episode, stakes are raised even higher as Donnie Brasco finds himself in a bit of a pickle between in Milwaukee with Tony Conti and Lefty Ruggiero.

    Joe takes us through several FBI tapes detailing the ins and outs of their biggest target on the Milwaukee crime scene: Frank Balistrieri, boss of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin family.

    As Joe begins to fight an internal battle between family and work, we hear how he's at risk of creating distrust from Lefty Ruggiero as he continues to keep the many stories he's crafted and his real identity a secret as he continues to help the FBI collect evidence.

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    • 34 min
    S3 Ep4: Sonny Tapes, Traficante, and the Casino

    S3 Ep4: Sonny Tapes, Traficante, and the Casino

    Leo Rossi and Joe Pistone deep dive into the relationship between Donnie and Sonny Black Napolitano. At a time when Sonny was attempting to push Lefty out of the conversation, we learn about the infamous club deal Donnie helped orchestrate between Traficante, Sonny, and the Bonanno Crime Family. Plus, get the full scope of just how far and wide this FBI investigation spread across the states.

    All of season three we will be listening to the tapes that Joe carried undercover and were recently found and remastered. Joe Pistone, Leo Rossi, and you are hearing some of these for the first time. If you want more tapes and videos of the show, you can sign up to become a member of The Motion Lounge HERE.

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    Episode Notes:

    [00:50:00] Intro

    [00:01:26] Episode Recap

    [00:03:07] Rusty Rustelli

    [00:06:25] Donny Brasco explains stark differences between Lefty and Sonny Black

    [00:08:05] The Back Story & Benny: Promised Ones

    [00:10:55] Setting the grounds for the club: an FBI location

    [00:14:88] Donnie’s cash money and street cred

    [00:17:05] “Friendship” with Sonny versus Lefty

    [00:19:16] Donnie and Lefty’s incident with the air conditioner

    [00:22:23] Arm wrestling with Sonny

    [00:24:42] Donnie gets around, San Diego to Milwaukee

    [00:26:33] Sonny and Lefty’s family

    [00:28:50] Next tape: Sonny Black starts to push Lefty out

    [00:33:41] John “Boobie” Cerasani

    [00:34:33] Is Sonny’s crew still alive?

    [00:35:43] Joe shares more about exposing the criminal enterprise

    [00:37:27] Next tape: Donnie and Sonny are Ernie Borgnine in “Marty”

    [00:39:44] Sonny Black and Nicky picks up Donnie from the airport

    • 41 min
    S3 Ep3: Conclusion - Life and Death Phone Call with Lefty and Donnie, Part 2

    S3 Ep3: Conclusion - Life and Death Phone Call with Lefty and Donnie, Part 2

    In this conclusion to our two-part episode on the Lefty Tape, you will hear how Joe Pistone, as Donnie Brasco, talks his way out of a life-or-death situation with Left Ruggerio. Listen to find out how Joe managed to save his skin and keep his ties clean with the mob as the FBI built their case in the midst of a deal that goes south in Miami that takes a Bonanno down.

    • 42 min
    S3 Ep2: Life and Death Phone Call with Lefty Ruggerio and Donnie, Part 1

    S3 Ep2: Life and Death Phone Call with Lefty Ruggerio and Donnie, Part 1

    In this episode, you will hear the real life conversation between Lefty and Joe as Donnie faced a life-and-death situation as he dealt with accusations of theft from fellow mobster Tony Mirra. 

    Join co-hosts Leo Rossi and Joe Pistone as they dive into the first tape from Joe’s collection of undercover conversations. Hear from Lefty Ruggiero’s wife, as she urgently tries to contact Joe for Lefty, and then from Lefty himself as he questions Joe to find out the truth behind the accusations. 

    It’s high drama on this episode of Deep Cover: The Real Donnie Brasco! If you have questions about this episode or past episodes, you can ask them here by joining the Motion Lounge, where you can also listen to the full tape used in this episode.

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    Episode notes:

    [00:01:30] -  Introduction to Joe’s defense for his life

    [00:02:18] - Louise Ruggiero’s (Lefty’s wife) concerned call to Joe about Lefty’s meeting; quick brief on Tony Mirra

    [00:04:34] - Lefty’s call to Joe about Lefty’s meeting with Tony Mirra

    [00:05:37] - Who is Rocky?

    [00:06:52] - $250,000 accusation

    [00:07:46] - Lefty probing for information

    [00:09:36] - Joe explains the story he’s trying to sell

    [00:11:45] - Junk money, Zips

    [00:19:37] - Lefty continues to probe/explain, compares Tony Mirra’s and Donnie’s situation

    [00:24:59] - Sally - head of the Bonanno family

    [00:29:27] - Federal “Stool Pigeon”

    [00:35:29] - Lefty and Tony Mirra’s bad blood

    [00:39:00] - Lefty and Joe (Donnie) are in pinch, how will this play out in the next episode?

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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39 Ratings

RhionH ,

Great insight into the story.

Its a great podcast, but I don’t know why these guys are trying to talk like wise-guys 😂

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Awesome podcast

Fun, always a blast and informative . Forget about it!

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Listen to this!

I love this show and I look forward to every episode. It’s a fun easy listen. Well done!

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