Witness to the Mob [VHS]
Top Customer Reviews
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!!!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably the best mob movie this side of The Godfather and Goodfellas, It is available on DVD, but impossible to find (got mine on release day). Read morePublished 16 months ago by Joseph Barile
Another excellent mob miniseries. Sizemore is good as John Gotti but no one can top Armand Assanti as Gotti. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gary Gilfoy
I've seen 'em all, and this is the best. Just a few minutes under 3-hours long, I stayed up till 2 a.m. to finish it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kevin Murphy
Boss of Bosses told us the story of Paul Castalano, Gotti profiled the Dapper Don, and finally Witness To The Mob is the story of mob enforcer, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Todd Smith
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