The true story of Henry Hill, a criminal turned informant
who worked his way up the Italian Mafia hierarchy.
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Written by Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese
Starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco,
Paul Sorvino, Frank Sivero, Tony Darrow, Mike Starr, Frank Vincent
Based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi
Oscar Wins - Best Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci)
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress
(Lorraine Bracco), Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay,
Best Film Editing
Goodfellas is one of the greatest mob movies of all time and is Martin Scorsese's masterpiece. It's got an incredible cast and has a story that spans several decades. It's hard not to enjoy the hell out of this film.
Ray Liotta plays real-life mobster Henry Hill and does a great job of showing the mobster's confliction. Robert De Niro plays one of his most iconic roles as Irish gangster Jimmy Conway, one hell of a dangerous man. But, of course, the real star of this film is Joe Pesci, who gave the performance of his career as Tommy DeVito, one of the most psychotic movie villains of all time. Every scene with Pesci is seriously intense, with the audience unsure of whether or not he will snap and beat someone to death.
After so many years, I still can't believe this lost Best Picture at the Oscars. It's one of the best crime movies ever made and is one of my personal favorites.