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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.

Director:

Robert Harmon

Writers:

Jerry Capeci (book), Gene Mustain (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Armand Assante ... John Gotti
William Forsythe ... Sammy Gravano
Richard C. Sarafian ... Paul Castellano
Frank Vincent ... Robert DiBernardo
Anthony Quinn ... Neil Dellacroce
Dominic Chianese ... Joe Armone
Robert Miranda Robert Miranda ... Frank DeCicco
Scott Cohen ... Gene Gotti
Raymond Serra Raymond Serra ... Frank LoCascio
Vincent Pastore ... Angelo Ruggiero
Marc Lawrence ... Carlo Gambino
Tony Sirico ... Joe Dimiglia
Alberta Watson ... Victoria Gotti
Al Waxman ... Bruce Cutler
Yank Azman ... Judge Nickerson
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Storyline

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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Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Production Co:

HBO Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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

When Frank DeCicco's car is blown up it is across the street, but it later appears in front of the club. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in The Cruise (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Cara Mia
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Written by Bunny Lewis (as Lee Lange) and Mantovani (as Julio Trapani)
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Entertaining and informative if you like Crime docu-dramas
11 December 2004 | by imapoaSee 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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