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GETTING GOTTI: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Diane Giacalone (Lorraine Bracco) grew up in the same neighbourhood as organised crime boss John Gotti (Anthony John Denison), but that won't stop her from hunting him down. As the new Assistant U.S. Attorney, she has the mafia legend in her sights and she is determined to send him to jail for life. Uncooperative FBI agents, bureaucrats and muscle men stand in her way, but nothing will deter the driven young prosecutor. Based on true events, Getting Gotti is about the memorable and controversial trial of the Dapper Don, and the woman who risked her life to bring him to justice.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Lorraine Bracco tears up the screen in a feisty performance as Diane Giacalone, the New York Assistant Attorney who gets on the case of the Mafia thug, John Gotti. In one scene she blows her stack about the Mafia's image, annoyed at the popular notion of the godfather and all the other romantic concepts, wailing that Italy gave the world Michaelangelo, Verdi, da Vinci and now has to shoulder the blame for these useless punks with retarded development who can't earn a living without hitting people. She has a point.

Anthony John Denison is strikingly effective as the nasty Gotti, August Schellenberg brings his usual solid characterisation to the role of a Gotti sidekick, Ellen Burstyn is great as her ailing mum, and Jeremy Racthford is unsettling as the squaling inmate who cannot tell a truth, while trying to smear Diane's image in court. The entire cast is outstanding in this fact based drama which charts the fight that Giacalone started against Gotti. The elements bristle with the stuff of strong drama, from Mafia bad boys to devoted mothers, from a determined prosecutor to a spineless judge and a corrupt jury foreman.

The writing and direction are taut, the story gripping and the payoff satisfying in this made for TV movie that works well on DVD.

Published April 23, 2009

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Mixed: 0

GETTING GOTTI: DVD (M)
(US, 1994)

CAST: Lorraine Bracco, Anthony John Denison, Ellen Burstyn, August Schellenberg, Kenneth Welsh, Jeremy Racthford, Ron Gabriel,

PRODUCER: John M. Eckert

DIRECTOR: Roger Young

SCRIPT: James Henerson

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ron Stannet

EDITOR: Terry Blythe, Benjamin A. Weissman

MUSIC: Patrick Williams

PRODUCTION DESIGN: William Beeton

RUNNING TIME: 93 minutes

PRESENTATION: 4:3 (original); DD 2.0

SPECIAL FEATURES: trailer

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Beyond

DVD RELEASE: December 2008







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