Thursday, November 16, 2006


Goodfellas (1990)

Goodfellas is a well made Mafia film, and one of my true favorites from that genre. It is about a man named Henry Hill (played by Ray Liotta) who grows up around mob people in his New York area. It covers a span of about 40-50 years of his life. He begins working for the mob at a young age, and as he matures his way the system through years of work, he becomes known as a Goodfella.

The acting in this movie is superb, as it includes a stellar cast. Along with Ray Liotta as the main character, there is the mob boss Jimmy Conway played by mob-favorite Robert DeNiro who specializes in mob films. Also in the film is Tommy DeVito, played by Joe Pesci. DeVito is ruthless, he doesn't let anyone mess with him or his crew; he is what most guys would refer to as a "badass."

What makes "Goodfellas" a great movie besides its acting and plot is its realistic portrayal of mob-life during the second half of the twentieth century. Also, it is a Martin Scorcese film, so how could it possibly go wrong? If you like the movie "Casino," the odds are that you will probably like "Goodfellas," as both are similar in terms of casting (includes Pesci and DeNiro) and genre. On the whole, "Goodfellas" is a masterpiece in my mind, and I strongly suggest for those who have not seen it to see it.

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