Goodfellas

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This movie is so well made that you can watch it everyday and you will pick up something new. This is not only filmmaking at it's best but great acting as well. Ray Liotta breaks out in this role supported by DeNiro and Pesci. You got to get this on DVD.

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A D*mn Good Movie

by seldaek@yahoo.com on 9/4/1999

Goodfellas is an excellent film. Though brutal at times, this depiction of the life of a man whose life was spent in the mob is a movie which will grab your attention from start to finish. Read More

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Goodfellas Do Bad Things

by Dan M on 9/29/1999

One of the best movies of the 90's, and one of the top gangster movies of all time. The DVD contains a half dozen pages of production notes which defined the movie best: Scorcese set out to make a film that showed the daily life of a man in the mob, instead of the usual Hollywood gang war violence. Much of the movie contains voice-over narrations by the main characters, and several deliciously long tracking shots (Scorcese trademark). Acting is top notch. Pesci won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. I'm surprised Liotta wasn't nominated. An absorbing story. If you liked 'Casino', you'll like this movie. No surprise because 'Casino' reunited Pesci, Deniro and Scorcese. The DVD also contains two virtually identical theatrical trailers which show nothing new. One last BOO to Warner for a mediocre DVD transfer. One 3-second shot has a vertical black line the entire height of the frame, right through Deniro! Read More

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Product Overview

An irish/italian brooklyn kid is adopted by gangsters and raised to be a member of the family.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 40000325
UPC 085391203926
UPC 14 00085391203926
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Betrayal
Classic
Crime
Essential Cinema
Friends
Murder
Organized Crime
Recommended
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note Based on Nicholas Pileggi's book WISEGUY, Martin Scorsese's GOODFELLAS is a wry, violent, and exhilarating film about the life of Henry Hill, an aspiring criminal who ends up in the FBI's witness protection program after testifying against his former partners. As a poor Irish-Italian growing up in 1950s New York City, Hill (Ray Liotta) rises through the ranks of his Brooklyn neighborhood's organized crime branch, and with money from the mob he begins living the good life, complete with a beautiful bride, Karen (Lorraine Bracco), a fancy house, and the best seats at the most exclusive restaurants. A botched robbery lands Henry in prison for a brief period of time, and when he gets released, his reckless infidelities and drug abuse damage his association with his adopted family.^Scorsese's film is a visual and sonic onslaught, featuring a brilliant pop-music soundtrack and stunning camera work--including the infamous Steadicam one-take that introduces the audience to the Copacabana's patrons. He uses the songs to infuse a breathtaking, invigorating rhythm into every scene. As the psychopathic Tommy DeVito, Joe Pesci delivers an unforgettable performance that is alarming in its cold-blooded callousness, helping to cement GOODFELLAS' place as a classic portrait of life in the mob.
Plot Summary
Summary Martin Scorsese's classic crime drama follows Henry Hill from his beginnings as a petty criminal to his inclusion into one of the world's most ruthless mobs. Featuring a nostalgic soundtrack and inventive camera work, GOODFELLAS throbs with an obscene amount of electricity. Ray Liotta and Robert De Niro bring Scorsese and Pileggi's script to life with great fervor, but it is Joe Pesci who steals the show with his portrayal of Tommy DeVito, a psychopathic gangster who is terrifyingly short-tempered. Simply put, GOODFELLAS is one of the most striking crime films ever made.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "All my life, I've always wanted to be a gangster."--Henry Hill (Ray Liotta)
Quote "I gotta admit the truth--it turned me on."--Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco)
Quote "Whaddaya mean I'm funny?...Funny how? I mean, funny like a clown? I amuse you?"--Tommy (Joe Pesci) to Henry Hill
Reviews
Total Film "...Packed with solid-gold dialogue, tight performances and way too many classic scenes to list here..." -- 5 out of 5 Stars 06/01/2000 p.106
Rolling Stone "...GOODFELLAS makes poetic drama of warped ambitions. It's a prodigious achievement..." 10/04/1990 p.47
USA Today "...Awesome GOODFELLAS is a punk movie, both in subject matter and attitude..." -- 4 out of 4 stars 09/19/1990 p.1D
New York Times "...Breathless and brilliant....GOODFELLAS is memorable for the ensemble nature of the performances..." 09/19/1990 p.C11
Film Comment "...Filmed like a rainbow-hued thunderbolt and celebrating Mob lore in the fastest 2 1/2 hours in film history..." 11/01/1990 p.2-7
Los Angeles Times "...GOODFELLAS is RAGING BULL squared....[The film] flows with the exuberance of a filmmaker who has every detail nailed and a few new lovely moves he wants to show us..." 09/20/1990 p.F1
Premiere "Martin Scorsese regained the explosive force of his '70s heyday with this true-life mafia memoir." 07/01/2004 p.113
Widescreen Review "GOODFELLAS is Martin Scorsese's violent and intense view...of organized criminal life, with powerful performances by De Niro, Oscar-winner Pesci, Bracco, and Sorvino.." 07/01/2006 p.66
Directors
Martin Scorsese
Actors
Paul Sorvino
Lorraine Bracco
Joe Pesci
Robert De Niro
Cast & Crew
Joe Pesci - Actor
Lorraine Bracco - Actor
Paul Sorveno - Actor
Ray Liotta - Actor
Robert De Niro - Actor
Nicholas Pileggi - Based on Novel By
Martin Scorsese - Director
Irwin Winkler - Producer
Nicholas Pileggi - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1990
Catalog ID 12039
UPC 00085391203926
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 146 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Oscar (1991) Joe Pesci, Winner, Best Supporting Actor,Irwin Winkler, Nominee, Best Picture,Lorraine Bracco, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress,Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium
Golden Globe (1991) Martin Scorsese, Nominee, Best Director
British Academy Awards (1991) Martin Scorsese, Winner, Best Direction,Martin Scorsese, Irwin Winkler, Winner, Best Film
Reviews
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review The performances by everyone are stunning, standout. Liotta persuasively rings the changes from bright-eyed punk to maniacal-eyed pro. De Niro is at his seamless best, his face and body a virtuoso instrument of human gesture. As Tommy, who's just as likely to spin an amusing anecdote as shoot a waiter cold in the chest, Pesci is unforgettably alarming and endearing.
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Reviewer Desson Howe
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's Reel Reviews
Review Goodfellas is as compelling and absorbing as any crime drama I have ever seen. The script shows all the facets of these characters; they are all fully developed individuals capable of great good and great evil...Goodfellas is a masterpiece of visual composition...his movie contains several unforgettable lead performances plus solid support by those in lesser roles.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie And Video Guide
Review Fascinating look at the allure--and the reality--of day-to-day life in a Mafia family, based on experiences of Henry Hill (Liotta), who wound up in the Federal witness protection program...brilliantly realized by Scorsese and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus...Bracco and Oscar winner Pesci stand out in an exceptional cast...
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Leonard Maltin
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Trailers, Notes, No Longer Produced
Quotes
Roger Ebert The best mob movie ever.
James Berardinelli The story, which spans a quarter of a century, has an epic feel despite its intimate perspective.
Desson Howe, Washington Post ...one of Martin Scorsese's most brutal but stunning movies, an incredible, relentless experience about the singleminded pursuit of crime.
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