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DONNIE BRASCO (1997) ****
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(focus on tragedy and trust among gangsters)

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Contains 12 movie quotes & 13 Academic Words (AWL*).
FBI Special Agent Joe Pistone (Johnny Depp) is sent undercover to examine the New York Mafia and collect evidence.  Lefty (Al Pacino) makes the fatal mistake of trusting Pistone, who calls himself "Donnie Brasco".  Lefty introduces Donnie to his gangster associates allowing Pistone to go about the dangerous business of recording the gang's every move.  Meanwhile, Pistone's wife, Maggie (Anne Heche), suffers greatly from Pistone's absence as Pistone slowly loses his sense of reality.  Lefty and Sonny Black (Michael Madsen),  gang leader, begin to suspect the truth about  Donnie, but can he get out before it's too late, and what will happen to Lefty?  With Paul Giamatti.  Rated R (127 min.) mike laib 2014.

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Classroom Tips:

1. Preview both the movie and its lesson. Lesson and movie are in the same sequence.
2. Within the lesson, decide which quotes, questions, and vocabulary to focus on. Highlight or cut-and-paste content you plan to use.
3. Estimate how you'll use available time for both watching and discussing the movie.
4. Remember: Most questions on the lesson are easy for a native speaker of English to answer, so the movie itself is the answer key.
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