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Goodfellas (1990)

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The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

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Storyline

Henry Hill might be a small time gangster, who may have taken part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who might have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners could kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to think about climbing up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, might be badly affected by his partners' success, but will he consider stooping low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy? Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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"As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a gangster." -- Henry Hill, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1955. See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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21 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Good Fellas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,368,901, 21 September 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,836,394
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Trivia

Unusually for a R-rated movie, this was spoofed as a weekday afternoon cartoon segment from Animaniacs (1993) called "Goodfeathers", about three pigeons, Squit, Bobby, and Pesto, resembling Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci, respectively, in the streets of New York City trying to survive. Not only do they look and sound like the three leads, but there's even voice-over narration, and a statue of Martin Scorsese. The cartoon also incorporated a spoof of The Godfather (1972), with the character of "The Godfeather", who was drawn to resemble Marlon Brando, and speak in unintelligible mumbles that only Bobby can understand. See more »

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After being released from prison, Henry goes to Paulie to apologize for being caught dealing in drugs. Henry gives him $3,000 and announces that he is through with Henry, who then leaves. In real life, Henry was still in prison so Karen had to go to Paulie, who then told Karen that he wasn't going to help bail out Henry. He then told Karen that he had to turn his back on Henry. He then gave Karen the money. Karen remembers: When he turned away, I could see that he was crying. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Henry Hill: The fuck is that?
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Connections

Referenced in 3rd Rock from the Sun: Dick 'The Mouth' Solomon (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Unchained Melody
Written by Hy Zaret and Alex North
Performed by Vito and The Salutations
Courtesy of Arista Records
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Simply a masterpiece. Scorsese's last truly great movie (to date).
17 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

'Goodfellas' is a masterpiece, pure and simple. While not my favourite Martin Scorsese movie it is a stunning achievement, and one of his very best movies. The film is stunning technically. The consistently fine acting by the large ensemble cast (both known and unknown), the cinematography, editing, dialogue, brilliant use of music, it's all breathtaking. But Scorsese and co-writer Mitch Pileggi never lose lose sight of their main goal - to tell a story. And in that it's really hard to beat this movie. As to the actors De Niro is on top form, Ray Liotta is the best he's ever been, and this is Joe Pesci's definitive performance. Plus you have Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Michael Imperioli, and lots of well known faces in small but important roles (Debi Mazar, Samuel L. Jackson, Illeana Douglas, Kevin Corrigan), plus dozens of unfamiliar actors (and non-actors) who are all so good it seems unfair just to single out the "stars". (Also keep an eye out for Vincent Gallo in a few scenes. He has no lines, but looks cool!). 'Goodfellas' is (to date) Scorsese's last Great Movie, and one of the very best films of the 1990s. Absolutely essential viewing for any movie fan, this tremendous film is not to be missed! Highly recommended!


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