Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers: Nicholas Pileggi; Martin Scorsese
Based on a book: Wise Guy by Nicholas Pileggi (biography)
Keywords: Crime, Biography, True Crime, Organized Crime, New York, Brooklyn, Prison, Drug Smuggling, Cocaine, Arson, Explosions
Story based on the life of mobster Henry Hill.
Review by Vamsee (posted on 21-Feb-2005)
Considered as one of Martin Scorsese's best movies ever, Goodfellas ranks as the best mob movie, if only after The Godfather. This is a typical Scorsese sytle movie with background voices, flashbacks, radical camera use and lots of foul-language and violence.
Henry Hill is Irish-Sicilian and grows up in a rough neighbourhood. He always dreamt of being a gangster, which according to him, is better than being the President of United States. He works for Paulie, a local boss. Henry meets Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro), a kidnapper, hijacker and a murderer, among other things. Jimmy teams up Henry with Tommy (Joe Pesci), a big-mouthed Italian. Together, they hijack cargo trucks and have a comfortable life.
The Goodfellas (Henry, Tommy and Jimmy) plan and pull-off a robbery. But bodies are being discovered every where as Tommy and Jimmy "whack" everyone involved. Tommy is killed as revenge for the death of a "made" guy (mafioso). Henry's options are getting narrower. Will he remain a Goodfella? The life of luxary he dreamed of as a child now pushes him into an abyss from which there seems to be no escape.
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