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Sunday, April 18, 2021

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

Restaurants in The Villages desperate due to staffing shortages

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Villagers’ daughter to appear on Food Network with Martha Stewart

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Trendy coffee shop coming to Magnolia Plaza in The Villages

Foxtail Coffee Co. has reportedly signed a lease for a location at Magnolia Plaza at The Villages.

Restaurants in The Villages desperate due to staffing shortages

Restaurants in The Villages and across Florida are trimming their hours and offering drive-through only as they face an historic labor shortage.

Villagers’ daughter to appear on Food Network with Martha Stewart

A mother and father in The Villages are filled with pride as their daughter has been selected to appear with Martha Stewart on a Food Network cooking competition show. Villages-News.com's David Towns has the story.

Trendy coffee shop coming to Magnolia Plaza in The Villages

Foxtail Coffee Co. has reportedly signed a lease for a location at Magnolia Plaza at The Villages.

Ohio teen apprehended after chase on I-75 through Sumter and Marion counties

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3 more local residents die of COVID-19 as Florida reports 74 more fatalities

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Villager takes wild ancestry journey to find his father and half-siblings

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Lake Deaton debacle

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Too many apartments springing up in The Villages

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Little pity for Villagers scammed by contractor

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