Goodfellas

Directed by Martin Scorsese
Starring Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro

Warner Home Video | May 6, 2008 | DVD

Goodfellas is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
 

Ray Liotta plays Henry Hill, an actual gangster born and raised in the mob. Starting off in his teen years on the streets of New York and moving on to his anonymous aftermath in the Witness Protection Program, Goodfellas shares a portrait of organized crime that is at once broad and brutal. Director Martin Scorsese captures his violent ascension through the ranks as well as the excess that would later ruin Hill. Filled out by a stellar cast that includes a psychotic Joe Pesci and a cool Robert De Niro, among others, Goodfellas is a real standout in the crowded field of mob movies.

Video Release: May 6, 2008

Theatrical Release: 1991

Runtime: 148

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 085391203926

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Mob Movie Ever! Hits, Money, Women. All the things a ganster needs, and all the things a Mafia movie needs to be good. This has it all. Ray Liotta plays the real life Henry Hill. He is awsome in the role. Robert De Niro plays Jimmy Conway, and Joe Pesci plays Tommy DeVito. The movie follows the life of Henry Hill and the mob that surronds him. Martin Scorsese is a master at keeping the pace of this moving fast and speedy. The Best Mob Movie I have ever seen!
Date published: 2008-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scorsese does it again!!! GoodFellas, this movie is one of the most "epic" mob movies of the 90's, and yes sure there was also the "Godfather” part three in that year as well and don't get me wrong it’s an amazing trilogy in itself but that brings me to my previous point. The reason why this Martin Scorsese film is so "epic" is because it symbolises the "new era" the "new ways" of life or dealings of the mafia. This movie was based on the true-life best seller book "Wiseguy". The GoodFellas cast consists of Robert De Niro(Jimmy "The Gent" Conway), Joe Pesci(Tommy Devito), Ray Liotta(Henry Hill), Paul Sorvino(Paul Cicero) and Lorraine Bracco(Karen Hill). With a cast like this how could you go wrong!! The movie portrays the life of Henry Hill in a thirty year span. It starts off with little Henry spending his time looking across the street, watching the local mafia in the neighbourhood. Theses are the guys who are always dressed in smart clothes, drive flashy cars and do whatever they want. He gets his chance to get into the mob when he “pops his cherry” which means him being arrested going to court and questioned on the stand and he reveals nothing so in turn he can be trusted, which gets him his chance to be a “GoodFella”. Fast forwarding a few years Henry’s now a so called “businessman” which involves a little racketeering, some number running ,hijacking and of course a bit of killing. At this point is all good times for Henry and the boys but that will all come to and thanks to Tommy Devito and the ultimate demise of the crew. So if this movie was before your time and you haven’t seen it or have thought if you have seen one “mob” movie you have seen them all think again!! On a side note Scorsese received a Silver Lion award at the Venice Film Festival. As well it was voted by the New York and Los Angeles National Society of Critics best film of 1990, plus it earned six Academy nominations and Joe Pesci walked away with the best supporting actor award. And last but not least it says for this movie Samuel L Jackson is in it that FALSE!!!
Date published: 2008-03-24

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Goodfellas

Directed by Martin Scorsese
Starring Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

Video Release: May 6, 2008

Theatrical Release: 1991

Runtime: 148

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 085391203926


Edition Description
  • Surround Sound, Digital Sound, Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Dolby Surround, Dolby Surround AC-3, Dolby SR
  • Closed Captioned
  • Colour, Color
  • Runtime: 148 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Wide Screen
  • Released in English

Synopsis

A fact-based story about Italian-Irish mobster Henry Hill. Hill rose through the ranks of his Brooklyn neighborhood's organized crime branch, and with money from the Mob, he lived the good life, complete with a beautiful bride, a fancy home, and the best seats at the Copacabana. Even his first stay in prison wasn't too bad -- thanks to friends who smuggled in the makings for a proper marinara sauce. But after Hill's release, he got involved in selling cocaine, despite the fact that his family boss strictly forbade dealing in narcotics. Henry began a downward spiral, painfully descending into addiction, and becoming careless. Soon federal agents closed in on his operation, and, confronted with the possibility of massive punishment, Henry cut a deal with the witness protection program -- a plan he wasn't altogether sure he could live with.

Description

Based on Nicholas Pileggi's book "Wiseguys" this wry, violent, and partly true story spans thirty years in the life of Henry Hill, an aspiring criminal; his milieu, the psychotic wiseguy he courts, and Scorsese's inimitable rendering of Mobland habits and mores, which features one of the longest "tracking shots" in film and a virtual timeline of hit songs. Academy Award Nominations: 5, including best Picture, Best Director, Best (Adapted) Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor--Joe Pesci.

Notes

Shot on location in Queens and Manhattan, New York, and Fort Lee, New Jersey. In competition at the Venice Film Festival, where director Martin Scorsese won the Silver Lion. It was shown at The American Museum of the Moving Image during a Scorsese/De Niro Festival. It was voted best film by the New York Film Critics Circle, who also voted Scorsese Best Director. Robert De Niro was voted Best Actor by the same organization for his work in this film, and in "Awakenings." It won the Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci), Best Supporting Actress (Lorraine Bracco), and Best Cinematography (Michael Ballhaus) awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Joe Pesci also won a Best Supporting Actor of 1990 award from the National Board of Review. The sixth film that Robert De Niro has made with Martin Scorsese, and they worked together the following year in Scorsese's remake of "Cape Fear." The two started their association in the early days of Scorsese's filmmaking career, when he was casting "Mean Streets" (1973). Scorsese was looking for an actor who could bring an air of authenticity to the role of Johnny Boy, a crazy boy from the streets of Little Italy on a collision course with disaster. De Niro was suggested by Scorsese's friend, Francis Ford Coppola, and was hired. They have since formed a legendary working relationship, with Scorsese providing De Niro with some of his most complex roles, including James Conway in "GoodFellas," Travis Bickle in "Taxi Driver" (1976), and Max Cady in "Cape Fear" (1991). The film also reunites De Niro and Joe Pesci, who played brothers in Scorsese's 1980 masterpiece "Raging Bull." Scorsese has been known to use his parents in his films, as he does here, and he actually made a documentary about their lives, "Italian American." His mother, Catherine Scorsese also had a bit part in Coppola's "The Godfather Part II" (1974). Actress Debi Mazar, former makeup artist for Madonna, plays a small role here. She went on to become the wisecracking receptionist on the TV series "Civil Wars," and is joining the cast of "L.A. Law" in the 1993-4 season. Chuck Low, who played Morris Kesssler, was actually Robert De Niro's real estate broker, who rented him the penthouse in what later became the TriBeCa Film Center.
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