Goodfellas

Goodfellas

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Director: Martin Scorsese

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

     
 

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Experience Martin Scorsese's gangster classic in crystal clear high definition with this special, 20th anniversary release that's packed with absorbing bonus materials. In addition to a commentary track by the cast and crew (including Scorsese and star Ray Liotta) and another featuring Henry Hill and former FBI Agent Edward McDonald, this release also offers the… See more details below

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Experience Martin Scorsese's gangster classic in crystal clear high definition with this special, 20th anniversary release that's packed with absorbing bonus materials. In addition to a commentary track by the cast and crew (including Scorsese and star Ray Liotta) and another featuring Henry Hill and former FBI Agent Edward McDonald, this release also offers the featurettes "Getting Made," "Made Men: The Goodfellas Legacy," and "The Workday Gangster," storyboard-to-screen comparisons, and a theatrical trailer. A bonus disc includes the feature-length documentary Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film and a collection of vintage, gangster-themed cartoons (including Bugs and Thugs" and "Racketeer Rabbit)."

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:
02/16/2010
UPC:
0883929095971
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:25:00
Sales rank:
30,454

Special Features

2 Commentaries; 3 Featurettes; Paper is cheaper than film; Theatrical trailer; ; Disc 2:; Feature-length documentary Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film; Mob of Classic Gangster-Themed Cartoons: ; I Like Mountain Music; She Was an Acrobat's Daughter; Racketeer Rabbit; Bugs and Thugs

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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 -- The GoodFellas
1. Introduction Origins [5:57]
2. Prohibition [5:21]
3. Urban Myths [5:00]
4. Little Caesar [5:46]
5. The Public Enemy [7:26]
6. Scarface [4:42]
7. Negative Effect [7:34]
8. Female Side [1:44]
9. Rise and Fall [4:39]
10. Studio Style [3:16]
11. Write Stuff [5:16]
12. Variants and Spoofs [2:12]
13. Pre- and Post-Code [5:10]
14. Badder Guy [3:58]
15. Fun and Fright [5:09]
16. Fugitives With Dirty Faces [5:12]
17. The Roaring Twenties, High Sierra [8:01]
18. War to Noir [6:48]
19. Key Largo [2:30]
20. White Heat [3:33]
21. Gangster, Lineage [5:05]
22. End Credits [1:12]

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