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The Rise and Fall of a Mobster
Based on Nicholas Pileggi’s best-selling book Wiseguy, GoodFellas recounts the story of true-life gangster Henry Hill, his associates, and his career as a member of New York’s Lucchese mob. Co-written and directed by Martin Scorsese and featuring electrifying performances from a standout cast, GoodFellas delivers on all levels.
- According to co-writer Nicholas Pileggi, a few real-life mobsters were hired as extras to make some scenes more authentic.
- Al Pacino turned down the role of Jimmy Conway because he was afraid of being typecast.
- Director Scorsese’s mother and father both played roles in the movie, she as Tommy’s mother and he as a prisoner.
- Even though GoodFellas was a scripted film, much of the dialogue was improvised by the actors.
- The real Henry Hill claimed that Robert De Niro called him several times a day to ask questions about Jimmy Conway’s mannerisms and behavior.
A Modern Classic
- On the American Film Institute’s list of 100 greatest movies of all time
- Called 'the best mob movie ever made' by critic Roger Ebert
- More than two hours of suspenseful drama and sharp wit
- Bonus material includes commentaries and documentaries by cast, crew and the real Henry Hill
- Available in DVD and Blu-ray formats
Meet the Cast
Henry Hill (Ray Liotta)
A young Irish-Italian from a poor working-class family in Brooklyn, Henry drops out of school to join the ranks of the Lucchese mob.
Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco)
The daughter of strict Jewish parents, Karen meets and then marries Henry. Theirs is a tumultuous union darkened by crime and love affairs.
Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci)
A member of the Lucchese mob, Tommy has an explosive temper and a psychotic need to prove himself through violence.
Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro)
Jimmy is a close associate of mob capo Paulie Cicero. But because Jimmy is Irish, he can never become a made man in the crime family.
Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci star in the gangster movie GoodFellas. Ray Liotta plays Henry Hill, a small time gangster who takes part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy De Vito (Joe Pesci), two other gangsters who have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to climb up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, is badly affected by his partners' success, but will he stoop low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy? This Blu-ray edition of GoodFellas contains: three documentaries with the cast and crew, storyboard-to-screen comparisons, and the theatrical trailer.
Martin Scorsese's 1990 masterpiece GoodFellas immortalizes the hilarious, horrifying life of actual gangster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), from his teen years on the streets of New York to his anonymous exile under the Witness Protection Program. The director's kinetic style is perfect for recounting Hill's ruthless rise to power in the 1950s as well as his drugged-out fall in the late 1970s; in fact, no one has ever rendered the mental dislocation of cocaine better than Scorsese. Scorsese uses period music perfectly, not just to summon a particular time but to set a precise mood. GoodFellas is at least as good as The Godfather without being in the least derivative of it. Joe Pesci's psycho improvisation of Mobster Tommy DeVito ignited Pesci as a star, Lorraine Bracco scores the performance of her life as the love of Hill's life, and every supporting role, from Paul Sorvino to Robert De Niro, is a miracle.See all Editorial Reviews
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There were a lot of actors in this movie that were "small time" at the time this film was made. It was fun to see them and think, wow, he or she became big and I'm seeing them "then".
Since this was based on a true story, I can't help but wonder where the Witness Protection people are now and what they thought of the film. Hmmm . . .
Instead, let's talk about 'features.' The last Goodfellas DVD was a 'flipper,' or a DVD that was so cheap, you had to get up and turn it over half-way through the film. I can accept that I need to turn Lawrence of Arabia over during the intermission, but Goodfellas is comparatively short. It is 2.5 hours long, to be more precise. A 2.5 hour film fits easily onto a single-side DVD with only a mildly-noticable transfer skip. That is the only special feature I want from this new version of the DVD. I'll buy it, just don't make me flip it, God in heaven!
Furthermore, Martin Scorsese has gotten the absolute worst treatment of any director this side of Roger Corman on DVD. Even his last film, Gangs of NY, was subjected to a ridiculous film-ruining stop right in the middle of a love scene that is so abrupt, you have to laugh. Didn't the jack-a$$es who ruined the Goodfellas DVD years before learn their lesson? OK, so Gangs was done by Miramax (the worst company on Earth for DVD quality and price,) but why does this trend have to blight poor Scorsese so terribly. He is one of the greatest living directors, for God's sake! His movies aren't exactly low-profile. The only Scorsese film that has been given a proper treatment is The Last Temptation of Christ, but that was a Criterion, and not a Warner DVD.
That brings me to my final thought. Considering the fact that Warner actually does a great job at releasing quality DVDs with a decent amount of interesting features most of the time, it seems doubly stupid releasing some of their greatest back-catalog titles like a lobotomized afterthought.
I couldn't tell you how many times I have watched this movie, but it has been a lot!
Great movie and a really great cast!
You will definitely enjoy this movie!