Armand Assante as John Gotti is THE Godfather, second place from Marlon Brando.
This movie had everything that makes a mob/mafia movie worth watching; respect, hits, loyalty, money, even getting away with crime.
Some very good Italian actors in this film that had starred in other similar films; Godfather, Sopranos, & Mickey Blue Eyes.
This is one movie that should not be missed!
Listen VERY carefully to the speech that you hear at the beginning and end of the movie, becasue the last part it true.
Great movie all around.
Aside from a complete lack of vilification of Gotti the criminal, the film has the chops to sit at the top of the mob-movie playlist.
The cast are terrific and infact it is the strength of the characters which make this film stand out from the many gangster movies that sit on the video store shelves with Forsythe and Assante delivering powerful, commanding performances. For a change it is all accompanied by a decent script and is well directed with its 2 hour duration flowing steadily and without let-up.
"Gotti" is one of the better action dramas for some time.