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Goodfellas (1990)

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The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, 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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Storyline

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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"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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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Release Date:

21 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Good Fellas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,368,901, 21 September 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,836,394
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director of Photography Michael Ballhaus said that the reason that he decided to shoot the film was because it was directed by Martin Scorsese, and he filmed it as a favor to him. He also said that had it been directed by someone else that he would not have filmed it. He also said that the material was not something that he would normally be interested in filming. See more »

Goofs

In the slow motion shooting of Stacks Edwards, it is apparent that no spent shell casings are ejected from Tommy's semi-automatic. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Henry Hill: The fuck is that?
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Connections

Referenced in While We're Young (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Mannish Boy
Written by Muddy Waters (as McKinley Morganfield), Melvin London (as Mel London) and Bo Diddley (as Ellas McDaniel)
Performed by Muddy Waters
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
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In one word: perfection
17 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Needs to be seen to be believed; in one word: perfection. Every frame, every voice-over, every song - it all comes together at the exact right moment to create the perfect film experience. This film makes you really understand and feel what makes the American mafia so compelling; in the eyes of a kid, who was unfortunate enough to grow up in a tough neighborhood, those gangsters are rock stars. Live fast, die young - but when you die, it ain't gonna be of a glamorous suicide or drug overdose - the ending will be brutal, ugly and sad. And it may very well be one of your best friends that will blow your brains out.

I'll never get tired of watching Goodfellas; the entertainment value of this film is just amazing. It doesn't happen very often that every person involved in the process of making a film is at the peak of his/her game. And rarely do art and entertainment come together the way they did here. Storytelling with impeccable pacing, this is what it's like when a master composer conducts his masterpiece. All hail the king; the most versatile and talented filmmaker of his generation: Martin Scorsese.

My vote: 10 out of 10

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