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Witness to the Mob

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The Story of the Man Who Brought Down John Gotti - As Seen on NBC
Inspired by True Events as Depicted in the New York Times Bestseller Underboss

Nicholas Turturro stars as Underboss Sammy "The Bull" Gravano in this hard-hitting story of murder, deceit and betrayal - featuring an all-star cast including Debi Mazar, Abe Vigoda, Michael Imperioli, Frank Vincent and Vincent Pastore. After rising through the ranks of the Gambino crime family, Gravano's brutal past finally catch up to him when he lands behind bars and is faced with the life-threatening decision to turn state's evidence against his boss and former friend, John Gotti (Tom Sizemore).

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  • Actors: Nicholas Turturro, Tom Sizemore, Debi Mazar, Abe Vigoda, Michael Imperioli
  • Directors: Thaddeus O'Sullivan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001C0I61M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,606 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Witness to the Mob" on IMDb

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cellio on December 25, 1999
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
The Minute You Start to View this Movie, You know your in for a true treat, the actors, are all wonderfull, protrayed perfectly, my only gripe is paul castelano's charactor, couldn't he have been more intimidating? -regardless, the scenes, the cinematography, the advancing story, the narratives, all so reminds me of Goodfellas, my personal favorite movie of all time, you can just, feel, there, it's so engrossing, I watched it twice, the first day, six ours of complete bliss, easily the best movie of the year, came out right before christmas, it will blow you away,and have you coming back for more, terrific cast, terrific music, justified violence, hardly any language, this is the film to see, if you don't you've missed out, nicholas, has done a wonderfull job,and tom sizemore as john gotti, you won't recognize him, he's that good, he is so believable it's scary, see the movie, nuff said.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Compusurge on July 13, 2008
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Witness to the Mob is an absolute MUST SEE for ANY fan of Mob films and NY mob history. A dramatic retelling of the story inspired by the NY Times best selling novel Underboss, "Witness" recounts the rise of John Gotti and his right hand man Sammy 'the bull' Gravano within the NY crime scene and the Gambino family.

Packed with stars known to this genre (three from the Sopranos), the film portrays the violent times with a sense of great realism. Told from Sammy Gravano's side of the table, it contains a sense and perspective unlike other films, for Gravano was not 'the dapper' Don, he was the man who made things happen in his own way.

The style is a narrative one in the same way Goodfellas is... in this case, the narrator is Nicholas Turturro in the lead role of Gravano. It works wonderfully as it brings you into the storyline on a personal level, providing insights as the film moves along.

No collection of mob films should be without this one, and I, for one, am thrilled it's finally making its way to DVD!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Laurie A. McMaster on December 1, 2002
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If you loved GOODFELLAS and THE SOPRANOS, this should be on your Christmas list. Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy), Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltasanti) and Kathrine Narducci (Charmine Bucco) all appear in this film along with Nicholas Turturro, the first cousin of Aida Turturro (Janice Soprano). As with most mob films the story tends to be cliche but well acted. The only disappointment, aside from the incrediably long wait for this movie's release, is that the film isn't available on DVD. Let's hope the DVD version isn't far behind and that Kathrine Narducci won't be lost in the transfer.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Rodriguez on July 29, 2008
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I cant believe this movie is just going to be released on DVD, what a shame. It should have been released a long time ago as far Im concerned. This one of the best Mob movies ever right in between Godfather and Goodfellows and Donnie Brasco. What really dissapoints me that it is going to be released in full screen, who ever is putting this out should really consider a wide screen format. Tom Sizemore does a better job then Armand Assante in portraying Gotti (although I thought Assante was pretty good in the HBO movie Gotti). Trust me if you like Mob movies and crime dramas this is most definitely for you. The story telling is so compelling that your eyes will be riveted to you tv screen. By far it is deserving of 5 stars, now do yourself a favor and buy it or at the very least rent it you wont be dissapointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 2000
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This film is an excellent adaptation of the story told in "Sammy the Bull" Gravano's book, *Underboss*, the reading of which would actually enhance this film for any viewer. Nicholas Turturro does with his acting the same magic Gravano performs with the written word--taking you directly into the mind and the world of a real gangster with few excuses offered.
Gravano was raised to revere and respect "the mob" the same way other kids in the U.S. learn to idolize sports heros and financial wizards today. To get into the mob was to "make it", and Sammy Gravano did just that as few others have, ultimately rising to be second-in-command of one of the country's most powerful mobs.
This is the story of the decline in power of the Gambino crime "family" following the death of its formidable founder, the low-key but lethal Carlo Gambino. His replacement, "Big Paul" Castillano proved not as devoted to "the family" or to his own family his forerunner, both colossal faux pas for a crime boss. His being replaced with the flashy, all-too-public "Teflon Don" John Gotti dealt the Gambino organization a blow from which it has yet to recover (it may be supposed; who knows what underground operations may yet be going on?).
Gravano's hands somehow appear much bloodier in the movie than in the book--perhaps because the book allows more time for the protagonist to tell his side of the story and come up, if not smelling like a rose, at least not smelling quite as much like stinkweed. In Witness for the Mob, his true status is more clearly spelled out as that of a serial killer who was granted immunity in exchange for the testimony that put John Gotti, among others, away for life.
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Why so expensive????
It's worth it. It's a 2 dvd set, not a single. This was a lengthy mini-series, so it's a lot longer than something like the HBO film "Gotti". This also has an extra bonus, a documentary or behind the scenes feature.
Smarten up.
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