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Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: 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" in


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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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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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

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

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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Goodfellas 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently lost my fiance in a car accident. And this movie makes me think of him because he and I would watch his DVD at least once a month. It is very well made, has a great soundtrack and makes me laugh so much (we had our own personal jokes from this film). I highly recommend it!
SuperGrandma46 More than 1 year ago
Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro great roles. Lorraine Bracco before the Sopranos, wonderful....Soundtrack of the oldies, great to hear.....Overall, one of the most enjoyable Mob movies....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Without question the best film of 1990. Marty Scorsese always could tell mob stories (MEAN STREETS) and depict urban volence and angst (TAXI DRIVER). Both are here in a tour de force by the usual cast of Scorsese stars, DeNiro, Pesci and they are bolstered by Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino and Lorraine Braco. The violence is heavy handed but it flows with the storyline and you seldom find it offensive (even when Pesci shoots a bar boy in the foot)...unlike the thugs played by DeNiro, Liotta and especially Pesci in his Oscar winning role. This classic epic makes you wish Coppola would have let Marty direct GODFATHER III.
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i thought this movie was very well made! All the scenes and story lines fit together and the best supporting actor i thought was JOE PESCI! Great performance!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never been of fan of any type of gangster movies (Scarface, Godfather, etc). But Goodfella's is the exception to the rule. This was an awesome movie. Good all the way to the end. The different points of action, drama, and comedy, mixed with everything else was just explosive. Liotta, Pesci, and De Niro played their characters to perfection. This is definitly a must see movie for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Probably the best movie I have ever seen. I first heard of 'Goodfellas' about a year ago and I thought that it was just 'another' movie but when I first watched it I was hooked. I personally love gangster-mobster movies because all the members of the mob stick together and that¿s a quality that¿s hard to come by these days. They take care of their own business one way or another. This movie is probably the best mobster flick ever made also. Without a doubt, it¿s hard to capture the raw nature of an organized crime but with the help of Marty Scorsese, (also director of Meanstreets) he captured that quality and made a beautiful work of art. With the help of actors Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta, and Joe Pesci, Goodfellas has become my all time favorite and I recommend it to anybody but there are some scenes that may be to graphic so put the kids asleep before watching this great movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie Goodfellas was a great mob film. Everything in the movie was fantastic. Robert De Niro played his part very well. So as the other actors. it had a real interesting plot, great actors and how the movie went from beginning to end. I was really suprised of what's happening during the movie. This movie is a must see classic for all of those who like mob movies. Because in Goodfellas, you have to pay attention to the plot and you know what's going to happen. Dos pulgrates arriba!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best mob movie ever made. If you like The Godfather trilogy, you'll undoubtedly love Goodfellas. No other movie captures the raw nature of organized crime. Goodfellas also shows how good people can fall in love with the allure of the mob. Five stars, two tumbs up, whatever. Great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
even though this was a long movie, i actually enjoyed it coming off that i really dont like drama movies or cuz i find them boring as hell and way too sappy cuz i usually enjoy action and horror movies. the movie is more interesting because its actually based on a true story of real life gangster Henry Hill. even though GoodFellas is mostly a mobster crime drama there were some humor in parts of the film and Joe Pesci's performance as a psychotic mobster was really great to perfection even though watching him act psychotic was a little bit annoying. some of the oldie songs on the movie were great to listen to. and robert deniro's performance was great. i was actually surprised that this movie turned out good because i dont really watch mafia movies or anything involved in drama but this took me by surprised. the other mob movie that really is good is a Bronx Tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dark, Savage, wildly emotional, a feat of movie making, Goodfellas is like no other of it's genre! Deniro gives a powerhouse performance as the volitile Jimmy Conway, Lioatta radiated quiet starpower, protraying a drug addled mobster, and Pecsi was well...just plain scary! What makes this movie great, is it's daring to show the world the true nature of the modern mob. Explosive, shocking, Scorsese's best,whetever your adjective, Goodfellas is truly one of the best mob movies ever made!
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scorcese always had a talent with movies made about violence. Goodfellas is the best version of this. In it, he chronicles the life of a flashy young mobster into a cocaine-laden informant to the FBI. With his ethnicity as his only blocking force, Henry Hill would have become a "made man." Pesci, as usual, was psychotic (I mean that in a good way.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the best movies I have ever seen, surpassed only by Scarface. You definitely have to like mobster movies to enjoy this one, but if you enjoy that genre, you will definitely love this movie.
OhRyan More than 1 year ago
All of my friends are completely different. All of my friends disagree on everything. All of my friends say this is one of their top five to ten favorite films of all time. Enough said.
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