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Gotti is a 2018 biographical crime movie telling the story of prominent organized crime figure John Gotti, known as the "Dapper Don" and "Teflon Don", and detailing his bloody rise to power as head of the Gambino Crime Family. As shown in the film, he became famous for his flamboyant lifestyle and for repeatedly escaping prosecution until 1992, when he was finally convicted and given a lengthy sentence. As well, the movie depicts John Gotti Jr. initially following his father's footsteps but later breaking away from the criminal life.

The movie was directed by Kevin Connolly and stars John Travolta, Stacy Keach, Spencer Rocco Lofranco, and Kelly Preston. Travolta plays the title character. Lofranco plays Gotti Jr.

It's not to be confused with the 1996 HBO movie of the same title, which starred Armand Assante as Gotti and focused on the partnership between Gotti and Sammy "The Bull" Gravano.


Tropes related to Gotti include:

  • Anachronic Order: The movie jumps back and forth in time, with little rhyme or reason as to order.
  • Based on a True Story: The films chronicles the real-life story of mob boss John Gotti.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The regular story-line of Gotti and Gotti Jr.'s lives gets interrupted by Gotti appearing in a meta-character sense, in which he even comments on his own death.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The dialogue has all the profanity that you would expect from a stereotypical mob movie.
  • Defiant to the End: Gotti states that every bit of time he lives through his cancer is a moment that he keeps pissing off the U.S. government by staying around.
  • Framing Device: Two of them! In addition to the Posthumous Narration described above and below, the story is also framed by a conversation between Gotti and his son shortly before his death of cancer in 2002.
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  • Mononymous Biopic Title: Gotti, chronicling the life of mob boss John Gotti.
  • Playing Gertrude: Spencer Rocco Lofranco plays John Gotti Jr. from a teenager through middle age, with little attempt at all made to age him to cover the decades-long timeline.
  • Posthumous Narration: The movie is bookended by shots of Gotti talking directly to the audience from beyond the grave.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: The movie has been criticized for its oddly pro-Gotti stance, praising him for never cutting a deal with the FBI and heavily implying the government was unfairly targeting him and (especially) his son.
  • Random Events Plot: A lot of scenes tend to happen with very little to connect them.


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