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Goodfellas (1990)

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The story of Henry Hill and his life through the teen years into the years of mafia, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

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Henry Hill might be a small time gangster, who may have taken part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who might have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners could kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to think about climbing up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, might be badly affected by his partners' success, but will he consider stooping low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy? Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,368,901 (USA) (21 September 1990)

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$46,836,394 (USA)
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Martin Scorsese reportedly didn't want Ray Liotta to have contact with the real Henry Hill before filming, because he had never directed Liotta before, and didn't want Hill to influence Liotta. See more »

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When Henry takes Karen to the Copa, they enter through a service door and through a labyrinth of passageways until they finally emerge in the dining room. As the camera follows them on their journey, a modern fire extinguisher is near the kitchen area. At the time, most fire extinguishers were either the dry powder, push-handle type (similar to old insect sprays) or gravity-fed liquid extinguishers that worked by turning the unit upside down and directing the nozzle. The extinguisher in the scene is a modern pressurized CO2 extinguisher with an OSHA filling inspection tag attached, which wasn't required in the early to mid 1960s. See more »

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[first lines]
Henry Hill: The fuck is that?
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Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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The Definitive Film of the 1990s
21 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"GoodFellas" may be the most important film of the 1990s in the fact that its incredible success led to some of the other great movies of the decade. Films like "The Silence of the Lambs", "The Crying Game", "Pulp Fiction", "The Usual Suspects", "Fargo", and "L.A. Confidential" would have likely never been made as well as they were without the influence of Scorsese's "GoodFellas". The film is an intense study of a Mafia family over a 30-year stretch. Ray Liotta plays the half-Irish, half-Sicilian kid from Brooklyn whose only dream is to be a gangster. Although Liotta's story is at the heart of "GoodFellas", it is the supporting cast that is the film's calling card. Robert DeNiro gives one of his greatest performances, Paul Sorvino is quietly effective, and Lorraine Bracco (in an Oscar-nominated role) does the best work of her career. However, it is Joe Pesci (in his well-deserved Oscar-winning turn) who steals every scene as the one who does the "dirty work". This is probably the definitive film in a decade that produced many film-noir styled classics. 5 stars out of 5.


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