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GoodFellas (1990)

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Critic Consensus: Hard-hitting and stylish, GoodFellas is a gangster classic -- and arguably the high point of Martin Scorsese's career.

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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 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. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi
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R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
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Drama
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Cast

Ray Liotta
as Henry Hill
Robert De Niro
as James Conway
Joe Pesci
as Tommy DeVito
Lorraine Bracco
as Karen Hill
Paul Sorvino
as Paul Cicero
Frank Sivero
as Frankie Carbone
Tony Darrow
as Sonny Bunz
Mike Starr
as Frenchy
Frank Vincent
as Billy Batts
Chuck Low
as Morris Kessler
Frank DiLeo
as Tuddy Cicero
Gina Mastrogiacomo
as Janice Rossi
Debi Mazar
as Sandy
Margo Winkler
as Belle Kessler
Welker White
as Lois Byrd
Jerry Vale
as Himself
Catherine Scorsese
as Tommy's Mother
Julie Garfield
as Mickey Conway
Henny Youngman
as Himself
Christopher Serrone
as Young Henry
Suzanne Shepherd
as Karen's Mother
Elaine Kagan
as Henry's Mother
Spencer Bradley
as Bruce's Brother
Beau Starr
as Henry's Father
Kevin Corrigan
as Michael Hill
Robbie Vinton
as Bobby Vinton
Johnny Williams
as Johnny Roastbeef
Michael Citriniti
as Liquor Cop
Frank Pellegrino
as Johnny Dio
Victor Colicchio
as Henry's 60s Crew
Tony Sirico
as Tony Stacks
Joseph D'Onofrio
as Young Tommy
Frank Adonis
as Anthony Stabile
Joseph Bono
as Mikey Franzese
John Manca
as Nickey Eyes
John Di Benedetto
as Bleeding Man
Angela Pietropinto
as Cicero's Wife
Marianne Leone
as Tuddy's Wife
Richard "Bo" Dietl
as Arresting Narc
Richard Dioguardi
as City Detective
Marie Michaels
as Mrs. Carbone
Lo Nardo
as Frenchy's Wife
Lou Eppolito
as Fat Andy
Paula Gallo
as Janice's Girlfriend #1
Susan Varon
as Susan
Elizabeth Whitcraft
as Tommy's Girl Friend at Copa
Vincent Gallo
as Henry's 70's Crew
Clem Caserta
as Joe Buddha
Samuel L. Jackson
as Stacks Edwards
Fran McGee
as Johnny Roastbeef's Wife
Paul Herman
as Dealer
Dallas Edward Hayes
as Defense Attorney
Joel Calendrillo
as Young Henry's Older Brother
Anthony E. Valentin
as Young Michael
Peter Hock
as Mailman
Erasmus C. Alfano
as Barbeque Wiseguy
Mark Jacobs
as Bruce
John DiBenedetto
as Bleeding Man
Manny Alfaro
as Gambling Doorman
Thomas Lowry
as Hijacked Driver
Nadine Kay
as Janice's Girl Friend
Margaret Smith
as School Guard
Richard Mullally
as Cop No. 1
Frank Albanese
as Mob Lawyer
Paul McIssac
as Judge, 1956
Tony Lip
as Frankie the Wop
Bob Golub
as Truck Driver at Diner
Louis Eppolito
as Fat Andy
Mikey Black
as Freddy No Nose
Peter Cicale
as Pete the Killer
Anthony Powers
as Jimmy Two Times
Vincent Pastore
as Man with Coatrack
Paul Mougey
as Terrorized Waiter
Gina Mattia
as Young Henry's Sister
Norman Barbera
as Bouncer
Anthony Polemeni
as Copa Captain
Irving Welzer
as Copa Announcer
Jesse Kirtzman
as Beach Club Waiter
Bob Altman
as Karen's Dad
Joanna Bennett
as Marie No. 1
Gayle Lewis
as Marie No. 2
Gaetano Lisi
as Paul No. 3
Luke Walter
as Truck Driver
Ed Deacy
as Detective Deacy
Larry Silvestri
as Detective Silvestri
Johnny "Cha-Cha" Ciarcia
as Batt's Crew No. 1
Janis Corsair
as Vito's Girl Friend
Frank Aquilino
as Batt's Crew No. 2
Michael Calandrino
as Godfather at Table
Vito Antuofermo
as Prizefighter
Nicole Burdette
as Carbone's Girl Friend
Stella Kietel
as Henry's Older Child, Judy
Dominque DeVito
as Henry's Baby, Ruth
Tony Ellis
as Bridal Shop Owner
Peter Onorati
as Florida Bookie
Stella Keitel
as Judy Hill
Jamie DeRoy
as Bookie's Sister
Joel Blake
as Judge, 1971
H. Clay Dear
as Security Guard with Lobsters
Thomas Hewson
as Drug Buyer
Gene Canfield
as Prison Guard in Booth
Margaux Guerard
as Judy Hill (age 10)
Violet Gaynor
as Ruth Hill (age 8)
Tobin Bell
as Parole Officer
Berlinda Tolbert
as Stacks' Girl Friend
Nancy Ellen Cassaro
as Joe Buddha's Wife
Joseph P. Gioco
as Garbage Man
Alyson Jones
as Judy Hill (age 13)
Ruby Gaynor
as Ruth Hill (age 11)
Bo Dietl
as Arresting Narc
Vito Balsamo
as Henry's 70's Crew
James Quattrochi
as Henry Greeter #1
Peter Fain
as Henry's 70's Crew
Russell Halley
as Bruce's Brother #1
Anthony Alessandro
as Henry's 60's crew
Thomas E. Camuti
as Mr. Tony Hood #1
Garry Blackwood
as Henry's 70's Crew
Philip Suriano
as Cicero's 60's Crew
Andrew Scudiero
as Mr. Tony Hood #2
Steve Forleo
as City Detective #1
Mike Contessa
as Cicero's 60's Crew
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Critic Reviews for GoodFellas

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (17)

One remains detached from the characters, but Scorsese succeeds in smashing all the foolishly romantic myths about the mob with this shocking, vigorously honest portrait of a slick yuppie gangster who couldn't stand being "an average nobody."

Full Review… | September 18, 2015
New York Daily News
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All of the performances are first-rate; Pesci stands out, though, with his seemingly unscripted manner. GoodFellas is easily one of the year`s best films.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

GoodFellas, which somehow mixes its horrors with a deep vein of mordant humor, flows with the exuberance of a filmmaker who has every detail nailed and a few new lovely moves he wants to show us.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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Spanning thirty years and running two and a half hours, the film bristles with the violent passion, howitzer wit and virtuoso style that made Scorsese's reputation with the gangster drama Mean Streets in 1973.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Rolling Stone
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In GoodFellas, Scorsese, that connoisseur of mean streets and brutish, reflexive rage, has fashioned a stunning film that belongs on the same lonely, top shelf as Coppola's Mafia saga.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Robert De Niro gives what has come to be a typical Robert De Niro performance -- understated, sly, ingratiating. Joe Pesci, as the hot-tempered Tommy, steals several scenes from his fellow performers.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
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Audience Reviews for GoodFellas

½

This modern classic is a fascinating tale about the rise and fall of an ambitious gangster, perfectly directed (and edited) and told in a most brutal way by Martin Scorsese, with many memorable moments and a remarkable performance by Joe Pesci, who steals the show.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Martin Scorsese hits a home-run with this gangster classic. Goodfellas is a ruthless crime-filled biopic highlighting a lifetime vision of American crime families. From the visionary direction to its no-holds-barred performances from Liotta, De Niro & especially Pesci, the film embodies the notorious genre and is still labeled as one of Scorsese's best, as well as the best of the genre. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Career criminal Henry Hill reminisces upon his life of crime in this true life story based on an actual FBI case. Goodfellas is the perfect film. It has the perfect blend of drama, gritty violence and humour as we see the dark side of the American dream played out over 25 years of a wise guy's life. The people depicted here do not play by society's rules and have their own set of laws and conventions revolving around the pure pursuit of profit in this, the logical conclusion of capitalism. The livelihoods and lives of others are commodities to be used up and tossed away and life is cheap to these mobsters whose stated obsession with loyalty and family is also soon forgotten for the "big score", leading to total anarchy. The combination of DeNiro, Liotta and Pesci makes for a brilliant triple act and there are so many classic scenes it's easy to lose count. The idea to tell the story in a "Wonder Years" format using one of the best soundtracks ever compiled was a stroke of genius and the post modern conclusion the perfect way to end the story. For me, Goodfellas is the best film ever made. Full stop.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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