Goodfellas

My Ratings: Very Good

Release Date: 1990

Lessons: This movies tells us not to underestimate a man's greed. It also shows that when someone is desperate he will betray his closest friends and even his family. Not everyone can be a successful gangster; you must like being a gangster in addition to having the right personality and intelligence. Just like any other profession, to be successful, you must like what you do in addition to having the right personality and intelligence for the job. Most people only have the intelligence to do the job but do not like, nor have the personality for the job.

Based on Nicholas Pileggi's book WISEGUY, Martin Scorsese's GOODFELLAS is a wry, violent, and exhilarating film about the life of Henry Hill, an aspiring criminal who ends up in the FBI's witness protection program after testifying against his former partners. As a poor Irish-Italian growing up in 1950s New York City, Hill (Ray Liotta) rises through the ranks of his Brooklyn neighborhood's organized crime branch, and with money from the mob he begins living the good life, complete with a beautiful bride, Karen (Lorraine Bracco), a fancy house, and the best seats at the most exclusive restaurants. A botched robbery lands Henry in prison for a brief period of time, and when he gets released, his reckless infidelities and drug abuse damage his association with his adopted family.

Scorsese's film is a visual and sonic onslaught, featuring a brilliant pop-music soundtrack and stunning camera work--including the infamous Steadicam one-take that introduces the audience to the Copacabana's patrons. He uses the songs to infuse a breathtaking, invigorating rhythm into every scene. As the psychopathic Tommy DeVito, Joe Pesci delivers an unforgettable performance that is alarming in its cold-blooded callousness, helping to cement GOODFELLAS' place as a classic portrait of life in the mob.

8 comments:

Hammerfury said...

This movie is a classic gangster movie - it shows that no one not even gangsters can do whatever they want- everybody is accountable to someone else. I will watch it again.

waikit said...

Hi, this is easily the best gangster movie of all-time and definitely one of the most influential movies of its genre. Ive seen it 10XXX and still love it. I like the classic line by Joe Pesci..."you think Im funny ? funny like how ?.."

Anonymous said...

Warning: for those who like Mr. Bean's Holiday will not like this film. lol

yogibear said...

This movie ranks very close to godfather 2 and scarface. Anyway it is among my best movies. A classic.

Anonymous said...

these guys make ocean's 13 look like a bunch of boy scouts.

Anonymous said...

rated PG. not for kids. very violent. this is not exactly forrest gump...you know what i mean..lol

nightboy said...

there's always something to learn from this movie. it is a realistic account of a mob's life.

helldime said...

robert de niro always cool man. never miss his movies.

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