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Witness to the Mob (1998)

Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano was mafiosi. He started out as a soldier, but his talent for murder, including the slayings of his best friends, his wife's brother and his own boss, Paul ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Turturro ... Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano
Tom Sizemore ... John Gotti
Debi Mazar ... Deborah Gravano
Abe Vigoda ... Paul Castellano
Philip Baker Hall ... Toddo Aurello
Adam J. Roth ... The sign painter
Frank Vincent ... Frankie DeCicco
Lenny Venito ... Sal DiMaggio
Johnny Williams ... Angelo Ruggiero
Frankie Valli ... Frank LoCascio
Michael Imperioli ... Louie Milito
Vincent Pastore ... Mikey De Batt
Michael Ryan Segal ... Nicky Cowboy
Richard Bright ... Joe (Old Man) Paruta
Chris Cenatiempo Chris Cenatiempo ... Jimmy Falcona
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Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano was mafiosi. He started out as a soldier, but his talent for murder, including the slayings of his best friends, his wife's brother and his own boss, Paul Castellano, saw him rise to under-boss in the Gambino crime family. However, betrayals within the family saw him break the code of silence and became the highest ranking member of the mob to turn into a rat - 'a rat in a suit,- assisting the government to finally put away the Teflon Don, John Gotti. Written by johnno.r[at]xtra.co.nz

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10 May 1998 (USA) See more »

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Vincent Pastore who plays Mikey De Batt is introduced to Angelo Ruggiero played by Johnny Williams. In the 1996 HBO film Gotti Pastore plays Angelo Ruggiero. In the film Gotti Debatt is only mentioned not ever seen. See more »

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Tragically miscasted and overall bad
25 July 2010 | by hyperbartSee all my reviews

This movie is tragically miscasted. And though many reviewers claim that this movie is closer to the truth than HBO's Gotti was, it is inferior in every way.

It all starts with Turturro. Someone here claims he looks the part of Gravano, but that just ain't true. He's far too dark skinned, and though he has Italian ancestors he has always looked more Mexican to me. It also has to do with his role in NYPD Blue. Turturro doesn't play the part of a made mafia man. He always looks timid, shy and a bit anxious (same for his role in NYPD Blue). The supporting cast is full with the usual suspects you see in mafia films, and most have got their known roles in the Sopranos. But that also makes it a problem, a supporting cast that clearly overshadows the lead role just doesn't work. I don't know about Tom Sizemore, I love the actor, and he does a decent job. But Assante was better, he really embodied Gotti.

It all doesn't work. And the story may be closer to the truth. But remember that 'truth' is a strange concept in this context. The truth is based on a single testimony and some investigative work. In my opinion movie makers have some freedom in interpreting such truths for their work. HBO's Gotti just works much better.


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