Gotti (1996)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  17 August 1996 (USA)
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John Gotti, the head of a small New York mafia crew breaks a few of the old family rules. He rises to become the head of the Gambino family and the most well-known mafia boss in America. He... See full summary »



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Robert DiBernardo
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Robert Miranda ...
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Raymond Serra ...
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John Gotti, the head of a small New York mafia crew breaks a few of the old family rules. He rises to become the head of the Gambino family and the most well-known mafia boss in America. He is known as the Dapper Don for his expensive taste in suits, and the Teflon Don because none of the FBI charges against him will stick. Life is good, but suspicion creeps in, and greed, rule-breaking and his high public profile all threaten to topple him. Written by Brian Rawnsley <>

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for graphic violence, strong language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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17 August 1996 (USA)  »

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Gotti: The Rise and Fall of a Real Life Mafia Don  »

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Was originally planned for a theatrical release, but the project fell short on funding. Therefore, it became an HBO film. See more »


There's a shot of Manhattan, which is supposed to take place in 1973, however we can see a building from the World Financial Center which didn't exist in 1973 and the antenna on top of the north tower of the World Trade Center which wasn't there at the time. This is clearly a shot of the Manhattan skyline as it looked in the mid 1990s. See more »


John Gotti: We're gonna make a powerhouse now... like Cosa Nostra ain't seen since Anastasia
Sammy Gravano: Anastasia? Shit, John... this is bigger than killin' the fuckin' President
John Gotti: Hey... you think I was put on this Earth to make them rich and me poor? We're gonna do a hit now, gonna do a real hit. We're goin back, yeah... back to some real, in your face Cosa Nostra. Out in front on the line... make 'em sit back and watch the volcano blow. You with me?
Sammy Gravano: I'm wit ya, John, all the way to the finish
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Entertaining and informative if you like Crime docu-dramas
11 December 2004 | by (Central NYS) – See all my reviews

GOTTI is a reasonably fast-paced account of John Gotti's rise to power in the Gambino crime family. I have an interest in Mafioso and I recognize the factual basis of some scenes, allowing for dramatic license. From there I'm willing to assume that the entire movie is based on actual events. Armand Assante is convincing in the role of John, and the supporting cast is noteworthy as well. They are probably a bit more genteel than were the actual mobsters, except perhaps when in the public eye.

The movie's rhythm seems to bog down in a couple of places. It detracts from the general tempo--but patience rewards with good action once again. The violence is not overplayed, in fact it is subdued. Anyone who is aware of the history of real Mafia perpetrators, such as Roy DeMeo, can vouch. Is Mafia life idealized here, thus making it attractive? I guess the viewer has to decide. I have watched it at least ten times and my favorite parts are the Intro and the Castellano hit, but there's more to like in between!

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