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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Writers: Martin Scorsese, Nicholas Pileggi
  • Producers: Barbara De Fina, Bruce S. Pustin, Irwin Winkler
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: Sept. 2 2003
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (437 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302054982
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #279 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

Product Description

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Martin Scorsese's 1990 masterpiece GoodFellas immortalises 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.

Special Features

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

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most helpful customer reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 26 2007
Format: DVD
This is simply a great mob movie. Based upon the best selling book, "Wiseguy", by Nicholas Pileggi, it traces the rise and fall of "gansta" wannabe turned government informant, Henry Hill. Skillfully directed by Martin Scorsese, this film with its all star cast, megawatt performances, and period music soundtrack packs quite a wallop to the senses. Named 1990's best film by the Los Angeles, New York, and National Society of Film Critics, it garnered six Academy Award nominations and earned Joe Pesci an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In the 1950s, a preteen Henry Hill (Christopher Serrone) began his career as a "gansta" wannabe on the mean streets of East New York, where a small Italian American community thrived. Working with Paul Cicero's (Paul Sorvino's) crew, he worked his way up, doing the penny ante, gofer stuff, until he began more heavy duty involvement. As a young man, Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) took to his life in the underworld like a fish takes to water. He married a nice, jewish girl whom he turned into a shrewish girl, as he lived the life he wanted. His wife, Karen (Lorraine Bracco), also became entranced by the perks available to a mobster

Henry teamed up with Jimmy "The Gent" Conway (Robert DeNiro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci). Together they stole, lied, cheated, and killed their way through life, until they got wacked or got caught. When Henry, against the express advice of Paul Cicero, got involved with Jimmy in the 1970s cocaine drug trade, it was the beginning of the end for him and Jimmy. The film skillfully chronicles the rise and fall of Henry Hill from wiseguy to goverment informant in the witness protection program..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 4 2007
Format: DVD
Scorcese & Pileggi's masterpiece on the life of Henry Hill as a Brooklyn NY mob wise-guy is great film. While not my favorite Martin Scorsese movie it is a stunning achievement, and one of his very best movies.

As much as the true events of Henry's life have more than likely been dramatized and glamorized to a certain extent, the essence of this film in my observation is that it is still a brilliantly damning portrayal of the characters and lifestyle of mobsters.

The sham of the Mafiosi is exposed - preaching loyalty, respect & principles - but when it comes down to it they are just two-bit criminals that'll stab each other in the back for money or power over others. Each of them has an inflated sense of self-worth and stature that comes with being a "wise guy", breeding with it paranoia that others are not giving them the respect they deserve. The story follows Liotta's character from boy to man as he climbs his way up through the ranks of organized crime. We see all the highs and lows of his life and meet a host of very believable and very undesirable characters along the way. It's a film full of memorable scenes whilst remaining much more than the sum of its individual parts at the same time. The film starts as it means to go on - violent, full of profanity, fast paced and very stylish.

The consistently fine acting by the large ensemble cast (both known and unknown), the cinematography, editing, dialogue, is fantastic. Scorsese and co-writer Mitch Pileggi never loses sight of their main goal - to tell a story. And in that it's really hard to beat this movie. As to the actors De Niro is on his usual top form, Ray Liotta is the best he's ever been, and this is Joe Pesci's definitive performance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crack Daddy Crane on Oct. 24 2006
Format: DVD
This is one of my most favorite Scorsese films. His camera work is magnificent and so is the soundtrack. The actors are briliant. What I loved most about this film was that you learn more about mafia life than you do in anyother mob film. Even "The Godfather" Many great modern directors have used this film as a guide line because of how perfect it is. I highly recomend this movie to anyone.

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Format: DVD
GOODFELLAS is one of the greatest mob movies ever, perhaps the greatest movie. Everybody has to check this out. It is well-structured and includes some of the most solid performances from some of the greatest actors, like Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Paul Sorvino, Lorraine Bracco, and others. It is one of the many classics that director Martin Scorsece has to claim, but I think this tops them all. It follows Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) from his childhood days ditching school to work at Pauly Cicero's cabstand, to his rise and fall as a gangster. During which time, it follows the beginning of his loving relationship with his wife, and the trouble that followed after he being drawn deeper into the life of a gangster. You are able to see how much he loves his wife and his children. Hill is the perfect person to follow, because despite the brutal mafia life he has been drawn into, he remains to show signs of compassion, separating him from his colleagues. This film is based on a true story, and is adapted from the novel "WISEGUY" written by Nicolas Pileggi, who also wrote CASINO (another Scorsece film that would follow this, another good movie, but doesn't top GOODFELLAS.) You stay deep in tune with Hill's perspective on everything, because Liotta (as Hill) narrates along with Bracco (as Karen Hill) who describes her thoughts on what she went through. This film was nominated for many awards and earned Joe Pesci an oscar. Finally, a 2-disc special edition that includes more special features like documentaries and commentaries from Scorsece and even from Henry Hill himself, along with ex-FBI agent Edward McDonald. I have yet to see MEAN STREETS (an earlier Scorsece film, which also comes out with a special edition on the same day that this 2-disc edition is released.Read more ›
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