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The story of crime boss John Gotti and his son.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... John Gotti
Spencer Rocco Lofranco ... John A. (as Spencer Lofranco)
Kelly Preston ... Victoria
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Angelo Ruggiero
William DeMeo ... Sammy Gravano
Leo Rossi ... Bobby Boriello
Chris Kerson ... Willie Boy (as Christopher Kerson)
Stacy Keach ... Neil Dellacroce
Ashley Drew Fisher ... Vickie
Jordan Trovillion Jordan Trovillion ... Angel (as Jordan Travillion)
Nik Pajic ... Peter
Chris Mulkey ... Frank DeCicco
Greg Procaccino Greg Procaccino ... Jimmy Brown
Donald John Volpenhein Donald John Volpenhein ... Paul Castellano (as Donald Volpenhein)
Andrew Fiscella ... Gaspipe Casso


The film will reveal the relationship of a father who lived and died by the mob code and a son who, while brought up to lead a life of crime, chose to leave that world behind and redeem himself and the Gotti name. Never before has there been such an inside look at the Gotti family and their world of danger, betrayal and redemption. John Gotti was head of the Gambino crime family, which in its time was the largest and most powerful crime organization in the country. Known as the "Dapper Don," John Gotti's flamboyant style and outspoken personality made him one of the most famous mobsters of the 20th century and he ruled the underworld until he died from cancer in 2002 while serving a life sentence. In 1988, at the age of 24, Gotti Jr. became a "made man," and was officially inducted into the Mafia, making him the heir-apparent to head the Gambino crime family and follow in his father's footsteps. But in 1999, Gotti Jr. paid a now-famous last visit to his imprisoned and dying father to ... Written by Steve Honig

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The True Story of the Most Notorious Gangster of Our Generation See more »


Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father See more »

Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,719,902, 17 June 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,343,227, 23 July 2018
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Did You Know?


John Travolta has said that his eeriest experience in this film was wearing John Gotti's checkered tweed overcoat (in the opening and closing scenes) because he could still smell Gotti's cologne on the fabric. See more »


A song by the artist Pitbull is playing in the background during one of the scenes. Not possible since the movie took place in 1985. See more »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Mobsters and Mormons (2018) See more »


Performed by The Blind Eels
Written by J Trugman and J Bunton
Courtesy of Legend Music Group
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24 June 2018 | by yerloSee all my reviews

Theater was packed. Some laugh-out-loud parts. Clapping at the end. What is wrong with the critics??

All the raves about Travolta are justified. I expect him to do a great character but was thrilled at how terrific he is as Gotti. I never felt he was portraying Gotti, I felt he was Gotti. This movie did not glorify Gotti. Ridiculous claim. It showed he could seduce shallow people, like Al Capone did. Still happens with today's gangsters/rappers. So that was included in the movie. So what. Doesn't glorify Gotti. And so he had a wife and 5 kids he loved. And that "humanizes" him supposedly. Fact is, all those guys had mistresses, too, but that would be a different film. Nothing at all makes Gotti human here right to the second he dies.

Another complaint by picky people is that the movie didn't cover this, that and the other. How could it in 1 hr 40 mins! But it does cram in plenty, almost too much. So many characters and events that are covered in a short scene. But if you are finding that to be a problem, you can fix it this way: PAY ATTENTION. There is plenty going on. It is not a relaxing movie.

I loved the actual news footage of Gotti in the opening and closing, and stitched in between. The pace was fast and I was never for a second bored or looking at my watch.

My only complaint is that the score was too loud through much of it and sometimes drowned the dialogue a bit. I don't want to work to catch the dialogue, especially in a movie where the dialogue is key to understanding the flow of the story.

I also reject criticisms that it is not Goodfellas, or Godfather, or some other favorite mob movie. This is THIS movie and it's damned good.

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