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Goodfellas (1990)

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Release Date
• USA: Sep 19, 1990
DVD Release Date
• R1: Sep 3, 1997
• R2: 25 Oct 2004

Budget $25,000,000

Running Time
2 hours, 25 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Warner Bros.

Studio Warner Brothers

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• Goodfellas
• Wise Guy

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Genre: Crime, Drama, Gangsters, Betrayal, Murder, True Story, Thieves, Black Comedy, Courtroom, Epic, Gore, Deception, Disturbing, Christmas, Infidelity, Police, Drugs, Prison, Revenge, Tragedy

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

Plot: 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 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 Brocco), a fancy home, 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 associations 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 rhythm into every scene that is at once breathtaking and invigorating. 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

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 Directed by
Martin Scorsese
Gangs of New York, Taxi Driver, Casino
 Written by
Nicholas Pileggi
Casino, Father Hood, Vendetta
Robert De Niro
The Godfather: Part II, Heat, Taxi Driver
Ray Liotta
Hannibal, Identity, Field of Dreams
Joe Pesci
Casino, Raging Bull, Once Upon a Time in America
Lorraine Bracco
Hackers, The Basketball Diaries, Riding in Cars with Boys
Paul Sorvino
Romeo + Juliet, The Cooler, The Rocketeer
Mike Starr
Dumb & Dumber, Ed Wood, Miller's Crossing
Frank Vincent
Casino, Raging Bull, Cop Land
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