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Director: Martin Scorsese

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


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The DVD of Goodfellas has got to be one of the very first DVDs ever released by Warner Brothers because they make a critical error in the release. While many films offer widescreen on one side and full screen on the other, this film offers only one version -- a widescreen film broken into two sides. Viewers have to flip the DVD over to watch the second half ofSee more details below


The DVD of Goodfellas has got to be one of the very first DVDs ever released by Warner Brothers because they make a critical error in the release. While many films offer widescreen on one side and full screen on the other, this film offers only one version -- a widescreen film broken into two sides. Viewers have to flip the DVD over to watch the second half of the film; 19 chapters are on side A and the last 15 chapters are on side B. Goodfellas is a classic film, and the DVD offers a great video transfer and excellent Dolby Digital 5:1 Surround, but no DVD fan will accept the two-sided format. In terms of extras, there are very few, limited only to theatrical trailers, production notes, and cast bios. For many, this Martin Scorsese classic is a must-have for any collection, but those who can wait for a future, corrected release of this film are better off watching the widescreen VHS tape. Language option in English and French and subtitles in English, French, and Spanish.

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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:
Original Release:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene access; Two theatrical trailers; Languages: English, Français, Español

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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
Bob Altman Karen's Dad
Vito Antuofermo Prizefighter
Norman Barbera Bouncer
Tobin Bell Parole Officer
Mikey Black Freddy No Nose
Joel Blake Judge, 1971
Joseph Bono Mikey Franzese
Spencer Bradley Bruce's Brother
Michael Calandrino Godfather at Table
Joel Calendrillo Young Henry's Older Brother
Clem Caserta Joe Buddha
Nancy Ellen Cassaro Joe Buddha's Wife
Johnny "Cha-Cha" Ciarcia Batt's Crew No. 1
Peter Cicale Pete the Killer
Michael Citriniti Liquor Cop
Victor Colicchio Henry's 60s Crew
Tony Conforti Tony
Daniel P. Conte Dr. Dan
Kevin Corrigan Michael Hill
Janis Corsair Vito's Girl Friend
Joseph D'Onofrio Young Tommy
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
Paula Gallo Janice's Girlfriend #1
Vincent Gallo Henry's 70's Crew
Julie Garfield Mickey Conway
Ruby Gaynor Ruth Hill, Age 11
Bob Golub Truck Driver at Diner
Margaux Guerard Judy Hill, Age 10
Edward Hayes Defense Attorney
Paul Herman Dealer
Thomas Hewson Drug Buyer
Peter Hock Mailman
Michael Imperioli Spider
Samuel L. Jackson Stacks Edwards
Mark Jacobs Bruce
Alyson Jones Judy Hill, Age 13
Elaine Kagan Henry's Mother
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
Charles Low Morris Kessler
Ronald Maccone Ronnie
John Manca Nickey Eyes
Gina Mastrogiacomo Janice Rossi
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
Adam Wandt Kid
Katherine Wallach Diane
Vito Picone Vito
Max Raven Actor
Catherine Scorsese Tommy's Mother
Charles Scorsese Vinnie
Angela Pietropinto Cicero's Wife
Melissa Prophet Angie
Anthony Powers Jimmy Two Times
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
Daniela Barbosa Young Henry's Sister #1

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

Side #2
1. Prologue: "As far back as I Could remember..." Credits. [2:42]
2. 1955: The cab stand; "the luckiest kid in the world." [1:32]
3. "Everybody takes a beating sometime."...including the mailman. [3:21]
4. Paulie's business. [2:27]
5. Like a gangster. [:44]
6. Jimmy the Gent. [2:39]
7. Henry's first pinch. [1:33]
8. 1963: the Idlewild Connection. [1:36]
9. Cast of characters; Tommy's a "funny guy." [7:07]
10. Teh Bamboo Lounge-up in smoke. [4:53]
11. First date with Karen; first fight with Karen. [2:52]
12. The Copacabana; a six-figure heist; mutual attraction. [5:48]
13. Morrie and Bruce get roughed up. [3:36]
14. The wedding (Life of the Pack). [4:18]
15. The wives (Leader of the Pack). [3:09]
16. Togetherness: on the job, among the families. [3:37]
17. Billy Batts gets whacked; stopping off at Mrs. DeVito's. [9:05]
18. Fridays (Pretend You Don't See Her); Saturdays (Paulie's house); the digging e [6:32]
19. Two poker games-and one "Sick Maniac." [4:53]
Jump to a Scene.
0. Jump to a Scene.
1. At gunpoint a trip to Tampa-and jail. [7:32]
2. Life in stir; "We've gotta help each other." [5:34]
3. Homecoming; Paulie's warning. [2:36]
4. Henry's new business and new home. [2:15]
5. The Lufthansa heist-and its fallout. [9:31]
6. Tommy's good fortune; Morrie's bad fortune. [7:11]
7. Bodies all over. [2:00]
8. The day Tommy gets made. [4:07]
9. Sunday May 11th,1980. [10:33]
10. The aftermath; a bad time. [3:22]
11. Henry visits Jimmy. [2:10]
12. Karen visits Jimmy. [2:31]
13. "Your murderers come with smiles." [3:00]
14. Leaving the life. [4:20]
15. A schnook (My Way); End Credits. [6:07]

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