Great review, and agree. This movie still plays like gangbusters. Travolta, Russo, Hackman, DeVito, Lindo, Gandolfini, Farina, Bette Midler (!) all firing on all cylinders. A wonderful movie that, if made today (if it even does get made) would be relegated to a Netflix movie. Or...er...an EPIX TV series.
Side note: it probably took me about 25 viewings of this to realize the Alex Rocco bit in the beginning was a Godfather tribute. Because I'm dense like that.