It is said that the f-word is used approximately 300 times, and I don't doubt that for one second. The amount of times it is said by Joe Pesci must be at least half that amount. However, the extensive use of the profanities does not matter. What matters is how Martin Scorsese has directed such an endlessly fascinating film about a mob empire, as well the life of man named Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), who wanted to be a gangster, starting at the age of twelve. At the age of twelve, I wanted to be a news broadcaster (today that has changed, and I want to be an accountant). Hill had a rather unique career choice. Obviously, Hill had got some brain cells entangled and had no very good role models.
As he grows older, his understanding of how the mob works expands, which includes the supply chain, the origination of the cargo, the cargo itself, and the handling process (particularly interesting to me because I am a business student). Essentially they control everything in New York City, including Idewide (now JFK International Airport) and the incoming airliners. Hill than becomes associates with two very dangerous men: Jimmy Burke (Robert de Niro) and Thomas Dimone (Joe Pesci). In addition, he also begins a relationship with a brunette (Lorraine Bracco), who adjusts to his secret life, not knowing his the origination of his incredible income source for many years. She does eventually find out when a deal goes awry in Florida and he ends up in prison as a result. By the way, Hill also has a side piece of his own, in addition to Bracco.
One can't stress the number of fantastic features to Scorsese's "Goodfellas." The score to the film consists of many songs from the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's, including Johnny Mathis' "It's Not for Me to Say," which many characters do during the film. Another one is the Marvellette's "Playboy," which of course describes all the mobster characters. Scorsese's signature use of free-hand camera style can also be seen a number of times during the movie, one which was extensively used in earlier works as "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," "Raging Bull," and "Mean Streets." There are really no lead characters, but that doesn't take away from the film any bit. Every character is equally as important and fascinating, and supported by top notch acting. The script is nearly perfect, with the dialogue using the profanities so efficiently and effectively that it makes it sound like an integral part of the English language. One of the most disturbing aspects of the film is the fact that Hill lives in a middle-class neighbourhood, filled with normal working citizens, while he is part of the mob. That is scary thought, just thinking of the possibility that there may be people like this is my neighbourhood, not only filled with professionals or working-class citizens. One of the other shocking aspects of this film, while in production, is Hill was still in the witness protection program at the time. I believe that the cast and crew had to make secret appointments with him to get more information for the film. Scorsese adds yet another superlative film to his collection of greats.
WARNING: My movie experience with "Goodfellas" was nearly ruined because I watched the film on my PVR (TV database), which was originally showing on A&E. If you do come up across the film on this station and most likely, AMC, DON'T WATCH ON THESE STATIONS! The movie is censored. I realized it when Pesci's character said "Go 'fear' your mother!" That is certainly not the word used by him and somehow, the editors amazingly made it look like he actually used the word "fear" too. The script sounded laughable at that point. Watch the film on DVD to get the fur-filling experience of "Goodfellas!"