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Gotti (1996)

John Gotti rises to head the powerful Gambino crime family before being convicted in 1992 of racketeering and murder.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Gotti
... Sammy Gravano
... Paul Castellano
... Robert DiBernardo
... Neil Dellacroce
... Joe Armone
Robert Miranda ... Frank DeCicco
... Gene Gotti
Raymond Serra ... Frank LoCascio
... Angelo Ruggiero
... Carlo Gambino
... Joe Dimiglia
... Victoria Gotti
... Bruce Cutler
... Judge Nickerson
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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 <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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

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

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Trivia

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

Goofs

The audio played back in the courtroom is not the same as the conversation that took place earlier in the film. Notably, John Gotti used the phrase "physically sick" during the earlier conversation, but it does not appear when the tape is played back. Also when Gotti asks who "did the work?" Frankie says "Sammy," but on the tape, Frankie says "Fucking Sammy" which Gotti repeats. See more »

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John Gotti: Whaddya mean, her? Who her?
Bruce Cutler: Diane Giacolone, very ambitious
John Gotti: Will you fugetaboutit? No brush named Giacolone is gonna be jerkin me off alone... and will you tell her to leave us tha fuckalone. And another thing, I don't wanna be alone tonight
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Referenced in Blade II (2002) See more »

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Entertaining and informative if you like Crime docu-dramas
11 December 2004 | by 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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