Goodfellas (1990) USA
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Director:Martin Scorsese
Studio:Warner Home Video
Producer:Barbara De Fina, Bruce S. Pustin, Irwin Winkler
Writer:Nicholas Pileggi, Nicholas Pileggi
Date Added:2007-03-06
Purchased On:2007-06-03
Awards:Won Oscar. Another 31 wins & 18 nominations
Genre:Murder & Mayhem
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 5.1, French, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles:English, Spanish, French
Martin Scorsese  ...  (Director)
Nicholas Pileggi, Nicholas Pileggi  ...  (Writer)
Robert De Niro  ...  James 'Jimmy' Conway
Ray Liotta  ...  Henry Hill
Joe Pesci  ...  Tommy DeVito
Lorraine Bracco  ...  Karen Hill
Paul Sorvino  ...  Paul Cicero
Chuck Low  ...  Morris 'Morrie' Kessler
Frank DiLeo  ...  Tuddy Cicero
Frank Sivero  ...  Frankie Carbone
Tony Darrow  ...  Sonny Bunz
Mike Starr  ...  Frenchy
Frank Vincent  ...  Billy Batts
Frank Adonis  ...  
Catherine Scorsese  ...  Tommy's Mother
Gina Mastrogiacomo  ...  Janice Rossi
Suzanne Shepherd  ...  
Debi Mazar  ...  
Margo Winkler  ...  
Welker White  ...  
Julie Garfield  ...  
Christopher Serrone  ...  
Henny Youngman  ...  Himself
Charles Scorsese  ...  Vinnie
Michael Ballhaus  ...  Cinematographer
James Y. Kwei  ...  Editor
Comments: "As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a gangster." -- Henry Hill, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1955.

Summary: 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.