Goodfellas

Goodfellas

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Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

     
 

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Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi's best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life account of mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill. Set to a true-to-period rock soundtrack, the story details the rise and fall of Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian New York kid who grows up idolizing the "wise guys" inSee more details below

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Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi's best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life account of mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill. Set to a true-to-period rock soundtrack, the story details the rise and fall of Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian New York kid who grows up idolizing the "wise guys" in his impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood. He begins hanging around the mobsters, running errands and doing odd jobs until he gains the notice of local chieftain Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino), who takes him in as a surrogate son. As he reaches his teens, Hill (Ray Liotta) is inducted into the world of petty crime, where he distinguishes himself as a "stand-up guy" by choosing jail time over ratting on his accomplices. From that moment on, he is a part of the family. Along with his psychotic partner Tommy (Joe Pesci), he rises through the ranks to become Paulie's lieutenant; however, he quickly learns that, like his mentor Jimmy (Robert DeNiro), his ethnicity prevents him from ever becoming a "made guy," an actual member of the crime family. Soon he finds himself the target of both the feds and the mobsters, who feel that he has become a threat to their security with his reckless dealings. Goodfellas was rewarded with six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture; Pesci would walk away with Best Supporting Actor for his work.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
For those who felt that the Godfather movies presented too idealized a view of the Mafia, Martin Scorsese's maniacally fast-paced, violent, and funny epic is a bracing antidote; Goodfellas reveals, in unstinting detail, the mob's amoral savagery. Based on Nicholas Pileggi's bestselling book Wiseguy, the film chronicles the doomed career of mobster-turned-FBI-informant Henry Hill. Growing up, he idolized the high-living Mafia goons he saw in his Brooklyn neighborhood and eventually became a member of their "family," though he was only half Sicilian. Largely eschewing conventional narrative, Scorsese adopts an episodic structure that allows him to concentrate on specifics of character and milieu. All of the acting -- from Ray Liotta's dazzling star turn as the cocaine-addled Hill to Joe Pesci's terrifying, Oscar-winning portrayal of a psychotic gangster -- is spectacular. And, as in Mean Streets, Scorsese uses pop music like no other director, brilliantly establishing the mood and period, which spans from the 1950s to the early 1980s. Nominated for six Academy Awards, Goodfellas stands as one of the great modern gangster films.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Seventeen years after revising the book on gangster movies in his breakthrough Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese returned to the netherworld of Italian-American organized crime with this stunningly ambitious, ferociously entertaining look at one man's rise and fall in a Mafia family. Shot and edited with a propulsive sense of rhythm that Gene Krupa would envy (this may be the fastest 150 minutes in film history), Goodfellas explores the 30-year career of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) as a "mechanic" working for mob boss Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino). While most films about gangsters attribute their characters' criminal lives to greed or sociopathic behavior, Scorsese makes it clear Henry and his friends Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) are gangsters because they enjoy it: they like to steal, they enjoy violence, and their "work" allows them to profit from these qualities, which would be a hindrance in nearly any other career. However, while the film offers a point-blank look at New York's criminal underworld from the '50s to the '80s, Scorsese also uses this story as a unusual but clear moral fable. In the first few reels, Henry and his partners follow a strict code of honor and make sure to obey Cicero's wishes: you pay tribute to the boss, you stay away from dealing drugs, and you don't kill anyone unless it's absolutely necessary. By the mid-'70s, these guidelines have been forgotten, and as Henry, Jimmy, and Tommy slip away from Paulie's corrupt but strictly ordered ethical universe, it leads only to death and betrayal. Scorsese has long been fascinated with the actions of men searching for a moral compass in a faithless land, but he's rarely told the story with such kinetic force and audacious skill.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/16/2007
UPC:
0085391108085
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:25:00
Sales rank:
17,726

Special Features

2 commentaries:; Cast and crew with Martin Scorsese, Ray Liotta, Lorrain Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Vincent, co-screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, producers Irwin Winkler and Barabara De Fina, cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma Schoonmaker; Cop and Crook with Henry Hill and former FBI agent Edward McDonald; 3 documentarties with the cast and crew:; Getting Made; Made Men: The GoodFellas Legacy; The Workaday Gangster; Paper Is Cheaper Than Film: Storyboard-to-screen comparisons; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro James Conway
Ray Liotta Henry Hill
Joe Pesci Tommy DeVito
Lorraine Bracco Karen Hill
Paul Sorvino Paul Cicero
Frank Sivero Frankie Carbone
Tony Darrow Sonny Bunz
Mike Starr Frenchy
Frank Vincent Billy Batts
Frank DiLeo Tuddy Cicero
Christopher Serrone Young Henry
Henny Youngman Himself
Jerry Vale Himself
Frank Adonis Anthony Stabile
Manny Alfaro Gambling Doorman
Frank Albanese Mob Lawyer
Bob Altman Karen's Dad
Anthony Alessandro Actor
Vito Antuofermo Prizefighter
Erasmus C. Alfano Barbeque Wiseguy
Norman Barbera Bouncer
Tobin Bell Parole Officer
Mikey Black Freddy No Nose
Joel Blake Judge, 1971
Frank Aquilino Batt's Crew No. 2
Joseph Bono Mikey Franzese
Vito Balsamo Actor
Spencer Bradley Bruce's Brother
Michael Calandrino Godfather at Table
Daniela Barbosa Actor,Young Henry's Sister #1
Joel Calendrillo Young Henry's Older Brother
Clem Caserta Joe Buddha
Joanna Bennett Marie No. 1
Nancy Ellen Cassaro Joe Buddha's Wife
Johnny "Cha-Cha" Ciarcia Batt's Crew No. 1
Garry Blackwood Henry's 70s Crew
Peter Cicale Pete the Killer
Michael Citriniti Liquor Cop
Victor Colicchio Henry's 60s Crew
Tony Conforti Tony
Nicole Burdette Carbone's Girl Friend
Daniel P. Conte Dr. Dan
Kevin Corrigan Michael Hill
Janis Corsair Vito's Girl Friend
Thomas E. Camuti Actor
Joseph D'Onofrio Young Tommy
Gene Canfield Prison Guard in Booth
Lisa DaPolito Lisa
Ed Deacy Detective Deacy
Dominque de Vito Henry's Baby, Ruth
John di Benedetto Bleeding Man
Richard "Bo" Dietl Arresting Narc
Richard Dioguardi City Detective
Illeana Douglas Rosie
Lou Eppolito Fat Andy
Steve Forleo City Detective #1,Actor
Mike Contessa Actor
Paula Gallo Janice's Girlfriend #1,Actor
Vincent Gallo Henry's 70's Crew,Actor
Julie Garfield Mickey Conway
Ruby Gaynor Ruth Hill, Age 11
Bob Golub Truck Driver at Diner
Margaux Guerard Judy Hill, Age 10
H. Clay Dear Security Guard with Lobsters
Edward Hayes Defense Attorney
Jamie de Roy Bookie's Sister
Paul Herman Dealer
Thomas Hewson Drug Buyer
Peter Hock Mailman
Michael Imperioli Spider
Samuel L. Jackson Stacks Edwards
Mark Jacobs Bruce
Tony Ellis Bridal Shop Owner
Alyson Jones Judy Hill, Age 13
Elaine Kagan Henry's Mother
Peter Fain Actor
Nadine Kay Janice's Girl Friend
Stella Kietel Henry's Older Child, Judy
Marianne Leone Tuddy's Wife
Tony Lip Frankie the Wop
Gaetano Lisi Paul No. 3
Gaetano LoGiudice Actor
Joseph P. Gioco Garbage Man
Charles Low Morris Kessler
Ronald Maccone Ronnie
Michaelangelo Graziano Bar Patron
John Manca Nickey Eyes
Gina Mastrogiacomo Janice Rossi
Russell Halley Actor
Gina Mattia Young Henry's Sister
Debi Mazar Sandy
Edward McDonald Himself
Anthony Valentin Young Michael
Susan Varon Susan
John Williams Johnny Roastbeef
Margo Winkler Belle Kessler
Philip Suriano Cicero's 60s Crew
Isiah Whitlock Doctor
Irving Welzer Copa Announcer
Welker White Lois Byrd
Robbie Vinton Bobby Vinton
Jesse Kirtzman Beach Club Waiter
Adam Wandt Kid
Dino Laudicina Henry's Greeter
Katherine Wallach Diane
Vito Picone Vito
Ellen Lewis Actor
Max Raven Actor,Vito
Gayle Lewis Marie No. 2
Catherine Scorsese Tommy's Mother
Charles Scorsese Vinnie
Angela Pietropinto Cicero's Wife
Melissa Prophet Angie
Anthony Powers Jimmy Two Times
Thomas Lowry Hijacked Driver
Beau Starr Henry's Father
Marie Michaels Mrs. Carbone
Fran McGee Johnny Roastbeef's Wife
Frank Pellegrino Johnny Dio
Suzanne Shepherd Karen's Mother
Tony Sirico Tony Stacks
Larry Silvestri Detective Silvestri
Paul McIsaac Judge, 1956
Paul Mougey Terrorized Waiter
Richard Mullally Cop No. 1
Edward D. Murphy Actor
Lo Nardo Frenchy's Wife
Peter Onorati Florida Bookie
Vincent Pastore Man with Coatrack
Anthony Polemeni Copa Captain
James Quattrochi Actor
Lawrence Sacco Actor
Andrew Scudiero Mr. Tony's Hood
Margaret Smith School Guard
Berlinda Tolbert Stacks' Girl Friend
Luke Walter Truck Driver
Elizabeth Whitcraft Tommy's Girl Friend at Copa
Paula Young Actor

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director,Screenwriter
Maher Ahmad Art Director
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Les Bloom Set Decoration/Design
Connie Brink Special Effects
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Barbara de Fina Producer
Sylvia Fay Casting
Carl Fullerton Makeup
Thomas Lee Keller Costumes/Costume Designer
Ellen Lewis Casting
John Manca Consultant/advisor
Susan O'Donnell Costumes/Costume Designer
Nicholas Pileggi Screenwriter
Bruce S. Pustin Associate Producer,Production Designer
Michael Russo Stunts
Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Allen Weisinger Makeup
Irwin Winkler Producer
Kristi Zea Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- GoodFellas
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
25. Chapter 25
26. Chapter 26
27. Chapter 27
28. Chapter 28
29. Chapter 29
30. Chapter 30
31. Chapter 31
32. Chapter 32
33. Chapter 33
34. Chapter 34
35. Chapter 35
36. Chapter 36
37. Chapter 37
38. Chapter 38
39. Chapter 39
40. Chapter 40
41. Chapter 41
42. Chapter 42
43. Chapter 43
44. Chapter 44
45. Chapter 45
46. Chapter 46
47. Chapter 47

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