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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
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Why don't you get some ice cream, pizza or something.
I don't like ice cream.
Get fudge sticks, you love fudge sticks, get that.
I don't like pizza either.
How about the movies? You like, you like- what's the movie you like so much? About spaghetti, Meatballs or something. Go see that.
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Travolta puts up a frank performance in an uneven film.
Travolta really carries this movie, some frankly odd casting choices aside, it was well acted, and fairly competently directed. It does show it's limited budget at times where some scenes could have used a few extra takes, and some better editing.
Realistically this was a great turn for Travolta who made some fairly bold choices for the character. He could have played Gotti off as cold and "chilling" man who could turn on the charisma at will; but instead played him off fairly earnestly. Which matches fairly well the characterizations of the Mob boss I've read over the years which painted him as a man who was charming and sociable, yet could turn violent and back to charming within consecutive moments.
I think that people may have preferred to see a more chilling portrayal more akin to Depp's in Black Mass. Which while was a great performance, failed to show why Bulger was a folk hero to many in Boston.
In the end, Travolta may have played the role too "straight" which humanized Gotti. Which certainly tuned many people off to the movie.
In the end, the budget was to me the biggest impediment to the movie's overall success. It could have used a better supporting cast, and some better scene choices at times.
7/10 that could have easily become a 9/10 had the quality been higher.
On a side note, am I the only one who's happy to finally see Travolta's face settling after what I can only assume was extensive plastic surgery? He looked like he was wearing a mask for a couple of years there. He's back to looking human, and while he'll never pull off 40 again, he's looking good for the first time in years.
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