Goodfellas Movie Review and Trailer
As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a gangster
The tale of lifelong gangster Henry Hill, Goodfellas documents his rise and fall as a wiseguy growing up in New York during the most successful era of organised crime.
Starring an impressive cast of Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci and Lorraine Bracco of Sopranos fame, the film begins in 50's New York showing Henry's introduction into crime and his violent upbringing. One of the most memorable scenes from the film incorporates Scorsese using a unique still effect while a young Henry does his first job.
The movie concentrates on the violence, friendship and loyalty of being a made guy in a world of crime. The Billy Batts scene with Liotta perfectly cast as Henry, Jimmy played by De Niro and Billy expertly portrtayed by Frank Vincent is potentially the most absorbing, real and disturbing sight of early ninties cinema and really needs to be seen.
The famous real-life Lufthansa Heist at JFK International Airport also plays an important role in the film in which millions of dollors were stolen and lead to many of the crew getting whacked. Written by Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese the 1990 film performed well at the box office when it was first released.
Using a collection of fantastic music to craft a masterful soundtrack including cream, Tony Bennett and Aretha Franklin, simply put, Goodfellas is one of the finest gangster movies ever made.
Movie Trivia: After the premiere, Henry Hill was kicked out of the Witness Protection Program. Due to the movie's popularity, Henry began telling anyone who would listen his true identity forcing the government to remove him from the program.
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