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Goodfellas (1990)

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Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.



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Henry Hill is a small time gangster, who takes part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, 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? Written by Colin Tinto <>

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"As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a gangster." -- Henry Hill, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1955. See more »


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21 September 1990 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)


$46,836,394 (USA)

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In the movie, Tommy is seen whacking Maury. By that time, Tommy had already been whacked, so Jimmy sent someone else to whack Maury. See more »


When Henry brings in the bag of supplies in jail, he hands the wine bottles to Paulie, then picks up a bottle of scotch and two jars. In the next shot, he is holding bread, a different bottle of scotch, and two jars. See more »


[first lines]
Henry Hill: The fuck is that?
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Simply a masterpiece. Scorsese's last truly great movie (to date).
17 March 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Goodfellas' is a masterpiece, pure and simple. While not my favourite Martin Scorsese movie it is a stunning achievement, and one of his very best movies. The film is stunning technically. The consistently fine acting by the large ensemble cast (both known and unknown), the cinematography, editing, dialogue, brilliant use of music, it's all breathtaking. But Scorsese and co-writer Mitch Pileggi never lose lose sight of their main goal - to tell a story. And in that it's really hard to beat this movie. As to the actors De Niro is on top form, Ray Liotta is the best he's ever been, and this is Joe Pesci's definitive performance. Plus you have Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Michael Imperioli, and lots of well known faces in small but important roles (Debi Mazar, Samuel L. Jackson, Illeana Douglas, Kevin Corrigan), plus dozens of unfamiliar actors (and non-actors) who are all so good it seems unfair just to single out the "stars". (Also keep an eye out for Vincent Gallo in a few scenes. He has no lines, but looks cool!). 'Goodfellas' is (to date) Scorsese's last Great Movie, and one of the very best films of the 1990s. Absolutely essential viewing for any movie fan, this tremendous film is not to be missed! Highly recommended!

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