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Goodfellas -- Based on the bestselling biography, Henry Hill is a small time gangster, who takes part in a violent robbery with two ambitious gangsters.
Goodfellas -- Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.

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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
21 September 1990 (USA) See more »
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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 »
Plot:
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 42 wins & 26 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An Offer You Can't Refuse... See more (971 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert De Niro ... James Conway

Ray Liotta ... Henry Hill

Joe Pesci ... Tommy DeVito

Lorraine Bracco ... Karen Hill

Paul Sorvino ... Paul Cicero

Frank Sivero ... Frankie Carbone

Tony Darrow ... Sonny Bunz

Mike Starr ... Frenchy

Frank Vincent ... Billy Batts
Chuck Low ... Morris Kessler
Frank DiLeo ... Tuddy Cicero

Henny Youngman ... Henny Youngman

Gina Mastrogiacomo ... Janice Rossi

Catherine Scorsese ... Tommy's Mother

Charles Scorsese ... Vinnie

Suzanne Shepherd ... Karen's Mother

Debi Mazar ... Sandy
Margo Winkler ... Belle Kessler

Welker White ... Lois Byrd

Jerry Vale ... Jerry Vale
Julie Garfield ... Mickey Conway
Christopher Serrone ... Young Henry

Elaine Kagan ... Henry's Mother
Beau Starr ... Henry's Father

Kevin Corrigan ... Michael Hill

Michael Imperioli ... Spider
Robbie Vinton ... Bobby Vinton

Johnny Williams ... Johnny Roastbeef (as John Williams)
Daniel P. Conte ... Dr. Dan
Tony Conforti ... Tony

Frank Pellegrino ... Johnny Dio
Ronald Maccone ... Ronnie

Tony Sirico ... Tony Stacks

Joseph D'Onofrio ... Young Tommy
Steve Forleo ... City Detective #1
Richard Dioguardi ... City Detective #2
Frank Adonis ... Anthony Stabile
John Manca ... Nickey Eyes
Joseph Bono ... Mikey Franzese
Katherine Wallach ... Diane
Mark Evan Jacobs ... Bruce

Angela Pietropinto ... Cicero's Wife

Marianne Leone ... Tuddy's Wife
Marie Michaels ... Mrs. Carbone
LoNardo ... Frenchy's Wife (as Lo Nardo)

Melissa Prophet ... Angie

Illeana Douglas ... Rosie

Susan Varon ... Susan
Elizabeth Whitcraft ... Tommy's Girlfriend @ Copa
Clem Caserta ... Joe Buddha

Samuel L. Jackson ... Stacks Edwards
Fran McGee ... Johnny Roastbeef's Wife

Paul Herman ... Dealer
Edward McDonald ... Edward McDonald
Edward Hayes ... Defense Attorney
Daniela Barbosa ... Young Henry's Sister #1
Gina Mattia ... Young Henry's Sister #2
Joel Calendrillo ... Young Henry's Older Brother
Anthony Valentin ... Young Michael
Edward D. Murphy ... Liquor Cop #1
Michael Citriniti ... Liquor Cop #2
Peter Hock ... Mailman
Erasmus C. Alfano ... Barbeque Wiseguy
John Di Benedetto ... Bleeding Man (as John DiBenedetto)

Manny Alfaro ... Gambling Doorman
Thomas Lowry ... Hijacked Driver
Margaret Smith ... School Guard
Richard Mullally ... Cop #1

Frank Albanese ... Mob Lawyer
Paul McIsaac ... Judge - 1956

Bob Golub ... Truck Driver at Diner
Louis Eppolito ... Fat Andy
Tony Lip ... Frankie The Wop
Mikey Black ... Freddy No Nose
Peter Cicale ... Pete The Killer
Anthony Powers ... Jimmy Two Times

Vincent Pastore ... Man with Coatrack (as Vinny Pastore)
Anthony Alessandro ... Henry's 60's crew
Victor Colicchio ... Henry's 60's crew
Mike Contessa ... Cicero's 60's crew
Philip Suriano ... Cicero's 60's crew
Paul Mougey ... Terrorized Waiter
Norman Barbera ... Bouncer
Anthony Polemeni ... Copa Captain

James Quattrochi ... Henry Greeter #1

Lawrence Sacco ... Henry Greeter #2
Dino Laudicina ... Henry Greeter #3
Thomas E. Camuti ... Mr. Tony Hood #1
Andrew Scudiero ... Mr. Tony Hood #2
Irving Welzer ... Copa Announcer
Jesse Kirtzman ... Beach Club Waiter
Russell Halley ... Bruce's Brother #1
Spencer Bradley ... Bruce's Brother #2
Bob Altman ... Karen's Dad
Joanna Bennett ... Marie #1
Gayle Lewis ... Marie #2
Gaetano Lisi ... Paul #3
Luke Walter ... Truck Driver
Ed Deacy ... Detective Deacy
Larry Silvestri ... Detective Silvestri

John 'Cha Cha' Ciarcia ... Batts' Crew #1 (as Johnny Cha Cha Ciarcia)
Vito Picone ... Vito
Janis Corsair ... Vito's Girlfriend
Frank Aquilino ... Batts' Crew #2
Lisa Dapolito ... Lisa
Michael Calandrino ... Godfather at Table

Vito Antuofermo ... Prizefighter
Vito Balsamo ... Henry's 70's Crew
Peter Fain ... Henry's 70's Crew

Vincent Gallo ... Henry's 70's Crew (as Vinnie Gallo)

Gaetano LoGiudice ... Henry's 70's Crew

Garry Pastore ... Henry's 70's Crew (as Garry Blackwood)
Nicole Burdette ... Carbone's Girlfriend

Stella Keitel ... Henry's Older Child - Judy (as Stella Kietel)
Dominique DeVito ... Henry's Baby - Ruth (as Dominque DeVito)
Michaelangelo Graziano ... Bar Patron
Paula Kcira ... Janice's Girlfriend #1 (as Paula Gallo)
Nadine Kay ... Janice's Girlfriend #2
Tony Ellis ... Bridal Shop Owner

Peter Onorati ... Florida Bookie
Jamie De Roy ... Bookie's Sister (as Jamie DeRoy)
Joel Blake ... Judge - 1971
H. Clay Dear ... Security Guard with Lobsters
Thomas Hewson ... Drug Buyer

Gene Canfield ... Prison Guard in Booth
Margaux Guerard ... Judy Hill @ 10 Years
Violet Gaynor ... Ruth Hill @ 8 Years

Tobin Bell ... Parole Officer

Berlinda Tolbert ... Stacks' Girlfriend
Nancy Cassaro ... Joe Buddha's Wife (as Nancy Ellen Cassaro)
Adam Wandt ... Kid
Joe Gioco ... Garbage Man (as Joseph P. Gioco)

Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Doctor
Alyson Jones ... Judy Hill @ 13 Years
Ruby Gaynor ... Ruth Hill @ 11 Years

Bo Dietl ... Arresting Narc (as Richard 'Bo' Dietl)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Baker ... Waiter (uncredited)

Lisa Bostnar ... Nicky Eyes' Girlfriend (uncredited)

Linda Carola ... Gangster's Girlfriend (uncredited)

Anthony Caso ... Truck Hijacker (uncredited)

Frank Cassini ... Young Wiseguy (uncredited)

George G. Colucci ... Contruction Worker (uncredited)
Matthew T. Gitkin ... Warehouse Worker (uncredited)

Richard Goteri ... Cicero's '60s Crew (uncredited)
Debbee Hinchcliffe ... Jimmy's Date (uncredited)

Al Jolson ... Jakie Rabinowitz (archive footage: The Jazz Singer) (uncredited)

Diane Kimbrell ... Commuter (uncredited)

Anibal O. Lleras ... Fellas Chauffer (uncredited)

Joseph Oliveira ... Marciano (uncredited)

Charles Pendelton ... Resturante Mob Onlooker (uncredited)

Louis Perez ... Frankie (uncredited)
Jeffrey Rollins ... Courtroom Defendant (uncredited)

Barry Squitieri ... Wiseguy (uncredited)
Drew Stanley ... Wedding Photographer (uncredited)

Frank Stellato ... 1956 Court Stenographer (uncredited)

Billy L. Sullivan ... Jimmy's Son (uncredited)

Nick Vallelonga ... Prison Inmate Sitting Behind Henry (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Scorsese 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Nicholas Pileggi (book "Wiseguy")

Nicholas Pileggi (screenplay) &
Martin Scorsese (screenplay)

Produced by
Barbara De Fina .... executive producer (as Barbara DeFina)
Bruce S. Pustin .... associate producer (as Bruce Pustin)
Irwin Winkler .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
James Y. Kwei (film editor) (as James Kwei)
Thelma Schoonmaker (film editor)
 
Casting by
Ellen Lewis 
 
Production Design by
Kristi Zea 
 
Art Direction by
Maher Ahmad 
 
Set Decoration by
Leslie Bloom  (as Les Bloom)
 
Costume Design by
Richard Bruno 
 
Makeup Department
Alan D'Angerio .... hair stylist
William A. Farley .... hair stylist (as Bill Farley)
Carl Fullerton .... makeup artist
Ilona Herman .... hair stylist: Mr. De Niro
Ilona Herman .... makeup artist: Mr. De Niro
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bruce S. Pustin .... unit production manager (as Bruce Pustin)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vebe Borge .... second assistant director
Susan E. Fiore .... dga trainee (as Susan Fiore)
Deborah Lupard .... second second assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy .... first assistant director (as Joseph Reidy)
Joseph P. Reidy .... second unit director (as Joseph Reidy)
 
Art Department
John R. Ford .... assistant property master (as John Ford)
Robert Griffon Jr. .... property master (as Robert J. Griffon Jr.)
Caryl Loeb .... master scenic artist
John McDonnell .... assistant property master
Arne Olsen .... construction foreman
Susan Pileggi .... painter
Louis Sanchez .... construction coordinator
Robin Standefer .... art department researcher
Bruce Swanson .... set dresser
Manny Sanchez .... shop foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael Berenbaum .... assistant sound editor
Ron Bochar .... supervising foley editor
William Docker .... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... rerecording mixer
Frank Graziadei .... sound recordist
Brian Johnson .... assistant sound editor
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... dialogue editor
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Marissa Littlefield .... dialogue editor
Bruce Pross .... foley editor
Fred Rosenberg .... dialogue editor
James Sabat .... production sound mixer
Louis Sabat .... boom operator
Anne Sawyer .... assistant sound editor
Gail Showalter .... adr editor
Jeffrey Stern .... dialogue editor (as Jeff Stern)
Philip Stockton .... supervising dialogue editor
Sean Byrne .... post-production sound (uncredited)
Cory Coken .... additional adr recordist (uncredited)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (uncredited)
Mel Zelniker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Connie Brink .... special effects (as Conrad Brink Sr.)
Tony Parmelee .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Richard Greenberg .... opticals (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paul Bucossi .... stuntperson
Peter Bucossi .... stuntperson
Norman Douglass .... stuntperson (as Norm Douglass)
Roy Farfel .... stuntperson
Nicholas J. Giangiulio .... stuntperson (as Nick Giangiulio)
Tony Guida .... stuntperson
Phil Neilson .... stuntperson
Janet Paparazzo .... stuntperson
Don Picard .... stuntperson
Michael Russo .... stunt coordinator
Michael Russo .... stuntperson (as Mike Russo)
Alex Stevens .... stuntperson
Shawn O'Neil .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Florian Ballhaus .... first assistant camera
Jerry DeBlau .... chief lighting technician
David M. Dunlap .... camera operator (as David Dunlap)
Brian Fitzsimons .... second grip
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
John Lowry .... second grip
Bobby Mancuso .... second assistant camera (as Bob Mancuso)
Larry McConkey .... steadicam operator
Peter John Petraglia .... assistant chief lighting technician (as John Petraglia)
Barry Wetcher .... still photographer
Russell Caldwell .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Larry Huston .... Steadicam focus puller (uncredited)
Eric Leigh .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Laura Rosenthal .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer L. Bryan .... wardrobe: women
Robert Dean Jackson .... wardrobe supervisor (as Dean Jackson)
Thomas Lee Keller .... assistant costume designer
Susan O'Donnell .... assistant costume designer
Carol H. Beule .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Wendy Rolfe Evered .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Amy Auchincloss .... second assistant editor
Kent Blocher .... assistant editor
David Leonard .... first assistant editor
Tom San Martin .... negative matcher (uncredited)
Kate Sanford .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Arnold Shuster .... negative matcher (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Christopher Brooks .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Bill Curry Jr. .... transportation captain
Robert Leddy .... co-transportation captain
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Todd Arnow .... production accountant
Elaine Bass .... titles
Saul Bass .... titles
Marion Billings .... unit publicist
Sharon A. Briggs .... assistant: Barbara De Fina
Robin Chambers .... assistant: to Robert De Niro
Dermot Conley .... assistant: to Irwin Winkler, New York
Daniel Coss .... location assistant
Janet Crosby .... production associate
Alesandra M. Cuomo .... production office coordinator
Michael DeCasper .... runner
John Fischer .... runner (as John Fisher)
Michele Giordano .... production associate
Amy Herman .... location assistant
Julia Judge .... assistant: Martin Scorsese
Cayle Lewis .... runner
John Manca .... technical advisor
David I. Miller .... runner
Ron Mitchell .... production assistant
Heather Norton .... runner
Stephen R. Pacca .... creator: Morrie's wig commercial
Sheila Paige .... script supervisor
Steve Rose .... location manager
Christopher Swartout .... runner
Neri Kyle Tannenbaum .... location assistant (as Neri Tannenbaum)
Robert Lee Whitlock II .... craft service
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Sasha Tsyrlin .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures) (A Time Warner Co.) (an Irwin Winkler Production)
DistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"GoodFellas" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
146 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Argentina:13 (re-rating) (139 min. cut) | Australia:R | Brazil:14 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18A (Ontario) (re-rating) (2007) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | France:16 | France:U (re-rating) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | India:A | Ireland:18 | Israel:16 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:PG-12 | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Poland:18 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Russia:16+ (video rating) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Bern) | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #30613)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jimmy Conway actually went by the name Jimmy Burke. In the book Wiseguy, the only known piece of information on Jimmy's actual family is that he 'was born to a woman named Conway.'See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At Henry's mistress' apartment, when Paulie and Jimmy are persuading Henry to go back to Karen, Henry's Catholic cross and Star of David switch places after a quick cut-away.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Henry Hill:The fuck is that?
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in "Spaced: Back (#2.1)" (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
SpeedoSee more »

FAQ

What actors have been in both "The Sopranos" and "GoodFellas"?
Is this movie based on a book?
Paulie tells Henry not to deal drugs after he's released from prison, but didn't seem to mind while Henry was inside... Why?
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394 out of 546 people found the following review useful.
An Offer You Can't Refuse..., 31 March 2003
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK

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

Gangsters are all around us. Everyone knows it, not everyone wants to accept it. "Goodfellas"--based on true events--explores the lives of gangsters, chronicling the events through the eyes of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), who gets involved with the Mafia at a young age and continues his "career" throughout the film.

As he gets older, he marries and has children, but still works for the organized crime family, under mob boss Paulie (Paul Sorvino); and he is friends with Jimmy (Robert De Niro), a calm, steady gangster; and Tommy (Joe Pesci), a wild man with serious mental problems.

Eventually Henry's life goes down the gutter, leading to drug abuse and paranoia, that leads to other unfortunate incidents that will be ruined if I type any more about them.

"Goodfellas" is one of the best films I have ever seen. It's a tour de force of breathtaking images, witty scriptwriting, superb acting and realistic violence.

Robert De Niro gives one of his best performances -- ever -- as Jimmy, even if he's not in the film as much as you might be lead to believe from the front cover.

Joe Pesci is in this movie about as much as De Niro, maybe a bit more or less. But when he's on screen there's no doubting he's on screen--he's very hard to miss. A short, deranged, loud-mouthed man with something wrong in his head. Someone makes an insult toward him and he shoots them, and then laughs. It's quite disturbing. I am a huge fan of Pesci, and I tend to love his characters, but he really makes you feel sick towards his character in "Goodfellas," while at the same time taking a strange liking to him. That just goes to show how good of an actor Pesci is.

Ray Liotta is perfect as Henry Hill. I can't think of a better actor to play him. He captures a sense of innocence yet at the same time a feeling of violence. I love the scene where he walks over to a man's house with a regular expression on his face. "What do you want, f&*^&?" the man asks. Liotta continues walking, takes out a gun, and starts to continually beat the man in the skull with the butt of his gun. As Henry walks back to his car, his face is disturbing and his expression stays with you for a long, long time.

Martin Scorsese is a brilliant director and his work here is fabulous; it's been recreated by other directors (namely Paul Thomas Anderson in "Boogie Nights") and there's a reason: it's great stuff. He totally deserved to receive Best Director in 1990, but of course he didn't. (Rumor has it the Academy frowns on Scorsese's use of racial slurs in his work. Oh boo hoo, get over it.)

The movie is based on the true-crime memoirs of the real-life Henry Hill, whose novel with Nicholas Pileggi -- "Wiseguys" -- was adapted into a screenplay by Pileggi and Scorsese. The book itself was fantastic and insightful; the screenplay is even better. The dialogue is incredible.

Anyway, "Goodfellas" has to be one of the best films I've ever seen--a true modern classic that will be remembered for what it is: One of the greatest tales told on screen. It's an offer you can't refuse!

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