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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 wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVitto 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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In a world that's powered by violence, on the streets where the violent have power, a new generation carries on an old tradition. See more »

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21 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Good Fellas  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$46,836,394 (USA)
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Trivia

To research her role, Lorraine Bracco tried to get close to a mob wife but was unable to, because they exist in a very tight-knit community. She decided not to meet the real Karen because she "thought it would be better if the creation came from me. I used her life with her parents as an emotional guideline for the role". See more »

Goofs

In an early 1970s scene, Visa and Mastercard logos are on the front door of a dining establishment. At the time, Mastercard was Master Charge, and Visa was the Bank of Americard. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Henry Hill: The fuck is that?
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Steve Buscemi/The Black Keys (2011) See more »

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Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
Performed by Darlene Love
Courtesy of Phil Spector Records Inc. by Arrangement with ABKCO Records
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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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