Sunday, March 18, 2012


GoodFellas [Blu-ray]

#94 on the AFI List of top 100 American Movies.

Goodfellas (stylized as GoodFellas) is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. The film follows the rise and fall of Lucchese crime family associates Henry Hill and his friends over a period from 1955 to 1980.

Scorsese originally intended to direct Goodfellas before The Last Temptation of Christ, but when funds materialized to make Last Temptation, he postponed what was then known as Wise Guy. The title of Pileggi's book had already been used for a TV series and for Brian De Palma's 1986 comedy Wise Guys, so Pileggi and Scorsese changed the name of their film to Goodfellas. To prepare for their roles in the film, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta often spoke with Pileggi, who shared research material left over from writing the book. According to Pesci, improvisation and ad-libbing came out of rehearsals where Scorsese gave the actors freedom to do whatever they wanted. The director made transcripts of these sessions, took the lines he liked best, and put them into a revised script the cast worked from during principal photography.

Goodfellas performed well at the box office, grossing $46.8 million domestically, well above its $25 million budget. It also received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won one for Pesci in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category. Scorsese's film won five awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, including Best Film. The film was named Best Film of the year by various film critics groups. Goodfellas is often considered one of the greatest films ever, both in the crime genre and in general, and was deemed "culturally significant" and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress. Scorsese followed this film up with two more films about organized crime: 1995's Casino and 2006's The Departed.

Actor Role Based on
Ray Liotta Henry Hill Henry Hill
Robert De Niro Jimmy Conway Jimmy Burke
Joe Pesci Tommy DeVito Thomas DeSimone
Lorraine Bracco Karen Hill Karen Hill (née Friedman)
Paul Sorvino Paul Cicero Paul Vario
Frank Sivero Frankie Carbone Angelo Sepe
Frank Vincent Billy Batts William "Billy Batts" Devino
Tony Darrow Sonny Bunz Angelo McConnach
Mike Starr Frenchy Robert "Frenchy" McMahon
Chuck Low Morrie Kessler Martin Krugman
Frank DiLeo Tuddy Cicero Vito "Tuddy" Vario
Johnny Williams Johnny Roastbeef Louis Cafora
Samuel L. Jackson Parnell "Stacks" Edwards Parnell Steven "Stacks" Edwards
Frank Adonis Anthony Stabile Anthony Stabile
Catherine Scorsese Tommy DeVito's Mother Thomas DeSimone's Grandmother
Gina Mastrogiacomo Janice Rossi Linda Coppociano
Debi Mazar Sandy Robin Cooperman
Margo Winkler Belle Kessler Fran Krugman
Welker White Lois Byrd Judy Wicks
Julie Garfield Mickey Conway Mickey Burke
Paul Herman Dealer Paul Mazzei
Detective Ed Deacy Himself Himself
Christopher Serrone Henry Hill (Youth) Henry Hill (Youth)
Charles Scorsese Vinnie Thomas Agro
Michael Vivalo Nicky Eyes Himself
Michael Imperioli "Spider" Michael "Spider" Gianco
Frank Pellegrino Johnny Dio Johnny Dio
Tony Ellis Bridal Shop Owner Jerome Asaro
Elizabeth Whitcraft Tommy's Girlfriend Theresa Ferrara
Illeana Douglas Tommy's Other Girlfriend Rosie
Anthony Powers Jimmy Two-Times Clyde Brooks
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed McDonald Himself Himself
Tony Lip Frankie The Wop Francesco Manzo
Joseph Bono Mikey Franzese Michael Franzese
Kevin Corrigan Michael Hill Michael Hill


Tony Van Helsing said...

Top movie, the fact this didn't get an Oscar goes to show how pointless the Oscars are.

Trolske said...

This movie is really good!

G said...

cool movie...should have had an oscar

Aguilar Elliot said...

love goodfellas! so well made!