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Goodfellas (1990)

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The story of Henry Hill and his life through the teen years into the years of mafia, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

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Henry Hill might be a small time gangster, who may have taken part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who might have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners could kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to think about climbing up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, might be badly affected by his partners' success, but will he consider stooping low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy? Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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"As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a gangster." -- Henry Hill, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1955. See more »

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21 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Good Fellas  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,368,901 (USA) (21 September 1990)

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$46,836,394 (USA)
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Martin Scorsese originally wanted to use Frank Sinatra's version of My Way at the end. However, Sinatra would not allow Scorsese to acquire the rights to his version of the song. He had to use the version by Sid Vicious instead. See more »

Goofs

Paul Cicero's brother In the film, played by Frank DiLeo, Is billed as "Tuddy Cicero" - this Is an error as the name should be written "Tutti Cicero" (Tutti Is Italian for "all" or "everything", as In Tutti Frutti). The error perhaps occurred as the two words sound almost Identical In American English. See more »

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Henry Hill: The fuck is that?
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Leader of the Pack
Written by Shadow Morton (as George Morton), Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich
Performed by The Shangri-Las
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A classic mobster film.
29 March 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This is one hell of a film about the mobsters, based on a true story and coming from one of the great directors of all time. This is about Henry Hill, the narrator of the story, an Irish simple person who gets involved with the Mafia at a very young age and continues his life through it. There is no major plot in this film, just isolated incidents one of which was the turning point of Hill's life. Scorsese, as brilliant as he ever was, shows violence, sex and drugs etc in his own trademark style. And his actors helps him to make this film one of the classics.

Robert DeNiro is not present in much of the film, nor his acting leaves too much impression. The three actors who really did their best job here are Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci and Lorraine Bracco. I hate to say that most youngsters today don't know too much about Liotta or how talented he was. I asked my younger brother about him and he said, "The man who did the voice on GTA: Vice City?". This is partly because Liotta did not get too many big roles after that, especially in recent years. But here he is just brilliant as Hill. It's Pesci's one of the best too. Playing a mad mobster with dark sense of humor wasn't his usual type. And Lorraine Bracco becomes the perfect lead female in such type of films.

The film's got smart screenplay and excellent cinematography. And I don't know how many times Scorsese will be denied his Academy recognition. I hate to see a lifetime achievement award as his first Oscar. But things are going like that.


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