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Goodfellas
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Goodfellas

 

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2006
UPC:
0012569809321
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:25:00
Format:
HD

Special Features

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

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