Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Goodfellas (1990)


One of the greatest gangster films of all time! I think it is the combination of characters, the full blooded Italians, half blooded wise guys, that gives this film that little something more than many of the other greats. I also love the way the film rolls from the golden years of the Mafia to the more recent shadier dealings and the loss of glamor etc. Now throw in the all star cast (Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci and a whole lot more!) and there is nothing more that needs to be said to hype this film up any more. Oh did I also mention that this is a Martin Scorsese film? nuff' said watch it if you have een under a rock the last 18 years, watch it again if you haven't!

The Plot:

The lowly, blue-collar side of New York's Italian mafia is explored in this crime biopic of wiseguy Henry Hill. As he makes his way from strapping young petty criminal, to big-time thief, to middle-aged cocaine addict and dealer, the film explores in detail the rules and traditions of organized crime. Watching the rise and fall of Hill and his two counterparts, the slick jack-of-all-trades criminal Jimmy Conway and the brutish, intimidating Tommy DeVito, this true story realistically explores the core, blue-collar part of the mob.

The Cast:

Robert De Niro ... James 'Jimmy' 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 'Morrie' Kessler

Frank DiLeo ... Tuddy Cicero

Henny Youngman ... Himself

Gina Mastrogiacomo ... Janice Rossi

Catherine Scorsese ... Tommy's Mother

Charles Scorsese ... Vinny


The Movie:


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