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Goodfellas (19-Sep-1990)

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, and his involvement with the Lucchese mafia family from a very early age. Half-Irish, Hill could never become a "made man", but he was a man who "knew literally, where the bodies were buried." Joe Pesci won Best Supporting Actor Oscar portraying the mentally unstable Tommy DeVito; the film received five other nominations including Best Picture and Best Director.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Tobin Bell
7-Aug-1942   Saw
Lorraine Bracco
2-Oct-1954   Goodfellas, The Sopranos
Kevin Corrigan
27-Mar-1969   Eddie Finnerty on Grounded for Life
Robert De Niro
17-Aug-1943   The Godfather: Part II
Bo Dietl
c. 1950   Ex-NYPD homicide detective
Illeana Douglas
25-Jul-1965   Grace of My Heart
Vincent Gallo
11-Apr-1961   Buffalo '66
Michael Imperioli
26-Mar-1966   Christopher on The Sopranos
Samuel L. Jackson
21-Dec-1948   Pulp Fiction
Ray Liotta
18-Dec-1954   Goodfellas
Debi Mazar
15-Aug-1964   Meet Wally Sparks
Peter Onorati
13-May-1954   Charlie Howell on Civil Wars
Vincent Pastore
14-Jul-1946   Big Pussy on The Sopranos
Joe Pesci
9-Feb-1943   Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas
Tony Sirico
29-Jul-1942   Paulie Walnuts
Paul Sorvino
13-Apr-1939   Det. Cerreta on Law & Order
Mike Starr
29-Jul-1950   Goodfellas
Berlinda Tolbert
4-Nov-1949   Jenny Willis Jefferson on The Jeffersons
Jerry Vale
8-Jul-1932 18-May-2014 Romantic ballad singer
Frank Vincent
15-Apr-1937 13-Sep-2017 Raging Bull
Henny Youngman
16-Mar-1906 24-Feb-1998 Take my wife, please


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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