Tuesday, October 27, 2020
74.3 F
The Villages

Ocala neighbor John Travolta only shining light in ‘Gotti’

Jack Petro
Jack Petro

John Travolta was known as an insomniac to his Ocala neighbors years ago. He would wander around Marion County at night, stopping at local diners to have a snack. You could sit down next to him at the counter and talk about movies or any other topic you might have in mind.

Flying would be something that he would bend your ear on. He is a certified multi-engine pilot and owned a Boeing 707, which he flew out of the Jumbolair air strip in Ocala, where he also is a resident.

He is an excellent dancer, as demonstrated in his break-out movie “Saturday Night Fever.”

In “Gotti,” his portrayal of the quintessential New York City crime boss is authentic. He never drops out of the character who believes that he has been anointed to control everything outside the law. Secondary characters melt into the background.

The plot is dull and the character is one dimensional. “Gotti” is one of the few movies that has received a zero rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Other than Travolta’s star portrayal, there is little to recommend this movie now showing at the Rialto Theater in The Villages.

Jack Petro reviews movies for Villages-News.com

More Headlines

2 more local residents die of COVID-19 as tri-county area tops 22,000 cases

Two more local residents have died of COVID-19 as the tri-county area surpassed 22,000 cumulative cases of the deadly virus.

New traffic signal on County Road 466 to be activated Wednesday

A new traffic signal will begin activation Wednesday at County Road 466 and County Road 100 (Cherry Lake Road), according to Sumter County officials.

Photos

Rainbow Over Galesburg Court In The Village Of Glenbrook

Check out this rainbow over Galesburg Court in the Village of Glenbrook. Thanks to Cynthia Work for sharing!

Gorgeous View Of Sunset Park In The Villages

Check out this gorgeous view of Sunset Park in The Villages. Thanks to Marissa Maulsby for sharing!

Great Horned Owlet Near Lopez Country Club

This great horned owlet was spotted near Lopez Country Club. Thanks to Ron Clark for sharing!

Letters to the Editor

Disappointed in management of The Villages

A Village of Hemingway couple, in a Letter to the Editor, is unhappy with the Morse family and the decision to allow President Trump to hold a rally here.

Business

$28.7 million Lake Sumter Apartment Homes now open to renters

Lake Sumter Apartment Homes, a $28.7 million affordable housing community consisting of 158 apartment homes, is now open to renters.

Crime

Wildwood man jailed after crashing into pole then leaving scene of accident

A Wildwood man was arrested after crashing into a utility pole then leaving the scene of the accident.

Opinions

Herd immunity with vaccines

Dr. Gabe Mirkin writes that herd immunity will not be achieved by waiting for everyone to become infected “naturally”; it will only occur when we have an effective vaccine for the virus.

Top Stories

Trump’s rally in The Villages leaves lingering fears about COVID-19 spread

President Trump’s rally this past Friday afternoon in The Villages left behind lingering fears about the potential spread of COVID-19 in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

2 more local residents die of COVID-19 as tri-county area tops 22,000 cases

Two more local residents have died of COVID-19 as the tri-county area surpassed 22,000 cumulative cases of the deadly virus.

New traffic signal on County Road 466 to be activated Wednesday

A new traffic signal will begin activation Wednesday at County Road 466 and County Road 100 (Cherry Lake Road), according to Sumter County officials.

Letters to the Editor

Disappointed in management of The Villages

A Village of Hemingway couple, in a Letter to the Editor, is unhappy with the Morse family and the decision to allow President Trump to hold a rally here.

Trump a master at deflecting attention away from horrendous record

A reader from a Delray Beach man says President Trump is a master at deflecting attention away from his horrendous record. Read his Letter to the Editor.

Going to the Trump rally was a choice

A Bridgeport at Lake Miona resident, in a Letter to the Editor, takes on the author of a previous letter about the “danger” of attending President Trump’s rally at The Villages Polo Fields.

Crime

Wildwood man jailed after crashing into pole then leaving scene of accident

A Wildwood man was arrested after crashing into a utility pole then leaving the scene of the accident.

Woman jailed after removing ignition interlock device from car due to ‘lung’ issue

A woman was arrested after removing an ignition interlock device from her car due to a “lung” issue.

Vehicle’s flashing hazard lights lead to arrest of driver with suspended license

A vehicle’s flashing hazard lights led to the arrest of its driver who was operating the vehicle on a suspended license.