|An irish/italian brooklyn kid is adopted by gangsters and raised to be a member of the family.|
"The story, which spans a quarter of a century, has an epic feel despite its intimate perspective. James Berardinelli
"...one of Martin Scorsese's most brutal but stunning movies, an incredible, relentless experience about the singleminded pursuit of crime. Desson Howe, Washington Post
Editor's NoteBased 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.
GoodFellas - DVD Review
By: Mark Athitakis filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 2/5/2010 9:43 PM
|GoodFellas – strange title for a movie, don’t you think? There’s a capital G and a capital F in there, intercapped as one word. One imagines that Martin Scorsese decided to make not just a film but a global conglomerate too, like FedEx or PricewaterhouseCoopers. The corporate comparison seems appropriate, because no movie looks at the mob as a business the way GoodFellas does. Sure, the first two Godfather films give us a sophisticated cross-section of the architecture of mob power, and the best parts of New Jack City track the drug trade up and down the class ladder. But GoodFellas is where we get learn exactly where the money goes, and precisely how it compromises, corrodes, and eventually collapses family and friendship....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Robert De Niro|
|Nicholas Pileggi - Based on Novel By|
|Martin Scorsese - Director|
|Irwin Winkler - Producer|
|Nicholas Pileggi - Screenplay|
|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|
|"All my life, I've always wanted to be a gangster."----Henry Hill (Ray Liotta)|
|"I gotta admit the truth----it turned me on."----Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco)|
|"Whaddaya mean I'm funny?...Funny how? I mean, funny like a clown? I amuse you?"----Tommy (Joe Pesci) to Henry Hill|
Customer Reviews of Goodfellas
Best Gangster Movie Ever5/30/2008
This is better than the Godfather Series. You don't have to wait for the storyline to start kicking in, the action starts immediately.
One you can watch over and over10/11/2001
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.
Goodfellas Is One Of The Best2/2/2000
I would have to say the Goodfellas was one of the best mob movies ever. Like the Movie Scarface it is very intense but Good.
A brilliant performance by Robert De Niro.1/16/2000
Now go get your shinebox!12/11/1999
Great acting from an excellent cast. Ray Liotta's big breakthough movie and Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci weren't too shabby either.
This is probably one of the best movies on the market...The acting is superb and the kitchen scene with Scorcese's mother is very cool. Pesci is excellent...Am I funny to you? Do I make you laugh?...The best lines ever...
Goodfellas Do Bad Things9/29/1999
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!
A D*mn Good Movie9/4/1999
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.