Martin Scorsese's 1990 masterpiece GoodFellas
immortalizes the hilarious, horrifying life of actual gangster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), from his teen years on the streets of New York to his anonymous exile under the Witness Protection Program. The director's kinetic style is perfect for recounting Hill's ruthless rise to power in the 1950s as well as his drugged-out fall in the late 1970s; in fact, no one has ever rendered the mental dislocation of cocaine better than Scorsese. Scorsese uses period music perfectly, not just to summon a particular time but to set a precise mood. GoodFellas
is at least as good as The Godfather
without being in the least derivative of it. Joe Pesci's psycho improvisation of Mobster Tommy DeVito ignited Pesci as a star, Lorraine Bracco scores the performance of her life as the love of Hill's life, and every supporting role, from Paul Sorvino to Robert De Niro, is a miracle.
Cast and Crew with Martin Scorsese, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Vincent, Co-Screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, Producers Irwin Winkler and Barbara De Fina. Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and Editor Thelma Schoonmaker Cop and Crook with Henry Hill and Former FBI Agent Edward McDonald 3 DOCUMENTARIES WITH THE CAST AND CREW: - Gettng Made - Made Men: The Goodfellas Legacy - The Workaday Gangster Paper Is Cheaper than Film: Storyboard-to-Screen Comparisons Theatrical Trailer