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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The Rise and Fall of a Mobster
Based on Nicholas Pileggi’s best-selling book Wiseguy, GoodFellas recounts the story of true-life gangster Henry Hill, his associates, and his career as a member of New York’s Lucchese mob. Co-written and directed by Martin Scorsese and featuring electrifying performances from a standout cast, GoodFellas delivers on all levels.
- According to co-writer Nicholas Pileggi, a few real-life mobsters were hired as extras to make some scenes more authentic.
- Al Pacino turned down the role of Jimmy Conway because he was afraid of being typecast.
- Director Scorsese’s mother and father both played roles in the movie, she as Tommy’s mother and he as a prisoner.
- Even though GoodFellas was a scripted film, much of the dialogue was improvised by the actors.
- The real Henry Hill claimed that Robert De Niro called him several times a day to ask questions about Jimmy Conway’s mannerisms and behavior.
A Modern Classic
- On the American Film Institute’s list of 100 greatest movies of all time
- Called 'the best mob movie ever made' by critic Roger Ebert
- More than two hours of suspenseful drama and sharp wit
- Bonus material includes commentaries and documentaries by cast, crew and the real Henry Hill
- Available in DVD and Blu-ray formats
Meet the Cast
Henry Hill (Ray Liotta)
A young Irish-Italian from a poor working-class family in Brooklyn, Henry drops out of school to join the ranks of the Lucchese mob.
Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco)
The daughter of strict Jewish parents, Karen meets and then marries Henry. Theirs is a tumultuous union darkened by crime and love affairs.
Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci)
A member of the Lucchese mob, Tommy has an explosive temper and a psychotic need to prove himself through violence.
Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro)
Jimmy is a close associate of mob capo Paulie Cicero. But because Jimmy is Irish, he can never become a made man in the crime family.
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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..Read more ›
Yes, this review doesn't really concern the movie. Just know that "Goodfellas" is one of my favorite Mafia movies. Everything about the movie is superb, and it deserves 5 stars all the way. So please, DO NOT THINK THAT THIS REVIEW IS ATTACKING THE MOVIE, because it's not.
What this review IS attacking is this terrible DVD. I didn't know I was buying a smaller version of a laserdisk. Why does the movie have to be on two sides??? I don't get it. Yeah, it might be a long movie, but they were able to fit "Casino" all on one side. So what's up with that?
There better be a special or collector's edition coming out soon, because this movie needs one bad. Not just because it's a classic and a masterpiece, but because it needs to be on ONE side! When I buy a DVD, I expect just that.
Other than the movie being on both sides, the DVD really lacks in special features, the picture quality is so-so, and the sound could've been improved in some parts.
Again, "Goodfellas" is a masterpiece in my mind, and it deserves 5 stars. But the DVD is just awful. In fact, calling the DVD "awful" is being too polite.
Warner Bros.: Come out with a special edition, for crying out-loud!!!
If you love this movie, don't get the DVD. Just get it on VHS and wait until a better version comes out. TRUST ME on this one. Unless they have updated the movie and placed it all on one side. If that's the case, please let me know and I will have to re-buy it.
I will write a real review for the movie in the VHS section sometime soon.
Again, the low rating is for the DVD; NOT the film.
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This movie is absolutely stunning !!! One of the best gangster movies of all time !!! Amazing !Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm just a sucker for Mafia type movies - never used to be, now I can't get enough. GREAT cast and acting - sure I have to half cover my face when there's real violence but it's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by M.S.
Robert de Niro is as usual a great actor and in this movie, he is excellent. I love it...Published 2 months ago by Ella1
Classic gangster film. Ray Liotta annoys the hell out of me so I assume that the real person it is based on is annoying as well :-)
LOVE that in "The Family"... Read more
The best available edition of one of my favourite movies ever. Nice picture and sound, good bonus features. Recommended.Published 3 months ago by Blue North