name = Goodfellas
caption = Theatrical Release Poster
Nicholas Pileggi Martin Scorsese
Ray Liotta Lorraine Bracco
Ray Liotta Robert De Niro Joe Pesci Lorraine Bracco Paul Sorvino
released = September, 1990 (
"(premiere at VFF)"
September 19, 1990(USA) October 18, 1990( Australia)
runtime = 145 minutes
country = USA
language = English Italian
budget = $25,000,000
gross = $46,836,394
amg_id = 1:20351
imdb_id = 0099685
"Goodfellas" (also spelled "GoodFellas") is an
Academy Awardwinning 1990 crime dramafilm directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book "Wiseguy" by Nicholas Pileggi, the true story of Henry Hill. The film follows the rise and fall of three gangsters, spanning three decades.
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 Liottatalked often with Pileggi, who shared with the actors research material that had been left over from writing the book. According to Joe 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 that the actors came up with that 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
USD$46.8 million domestically, well above its $25 million budget; it received mostly strong positive reviews from critics. The film was nominated for six Academy Awardsbut only won one for Joe Pesci in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category. Scorsese's film won three awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Artsand was named best film of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film CriticsAssociation, and the National Society of Film Critics.
In the opening scene, main character Henry Hill (
Ray Liotta) admits, "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster," referring to his idolizing the Lucchese crime familygangsters in his blue-collar, predominantly Italian neighborhood in East New York, Brooklynin the 1950’s. Feeling the connection of being a part of something, Henry quits school and goes to work for them. His father, knowing the true nature of the Mafia, tries to stop Henry after learning of his truancy, but the gangsters ensure that the father no longer hears from the school by warning the local postal carrier never to deliver any more letters from the school to Henry's house.
Henry is soon taken under the wing of the local mob captain, Paul "Paulie" Cicero (
Paul Sorvino) (based on the actual Lucchese mobster Paul Vario) and Cicero's close Irish associate Jimmy Conway ( Robert De Niro) (based on Jimmy Burke). They help to cultivate Henry's criminal career, and introduce Henry to the entire network of Paulie’s crime syndicate.
Henry and his friends soon become successful, daring and dangerous. Conway loves hijacking trucks, and Tommy DeVito (
Joe Pesciin his acclaimed Academy Award-winning performance based on Thomas DeSimone) is an aggressive psychopathwith a hair-trigger temper. Henry soon commits the Air France Robberyand it makes his début. Enjoying the perks their criminal activities have provided them, the friends hang out most nights at the Copacabana night clubwith countless women. Around this time, Henry meets and soon marries a no-nonsense Jewishgirl from the Five Townsnamed Karen. Karen is both troubled and turned on by Henry's criminal activities.
Violence is prevalent throughout the movie. With Jimmy’s help, Tommy brutally beats
Billy Batts( Frank Vincent), a prominent mobster of the Gambino crime familyon June 11, 1970in Henry's restaurant, for an insult Batts made about Tommy when he used to be a shoeshine boy. However, Billy was a made man; he is untouchable by those who are not made. Realizing that this is an offense that can get all of them killed, they take the body upstate, where they find Batts still alive in the trunk of Henry's car. Tommy angrily takes a knife he had borrowed from his mother's house and violently stabs him multiple times. Jimmy then finishes Batts off by shooting him. Out of fear that the body would be discovered during imminent land development at the burial spot, Henry and his friends return to exhume and move the body about six months later.
Tommy’s quick temper is shown on other occasions, even within their crew. He attempts one night to provoke a young helper named
Michael "Spider" Gianco(played by at-the-time unknown, Michael Imperioli). Tommy takes out his pistol and gratuitously shoots Spider in the foot. Shortly thereafter, as Spider is recovering from his wound, Tommy again provokes him; however, Spider surprisingly stands up to Tommy. After Jimmy razzes Tommy regarding the young man’s gumption, Tommy instantly shoots the young man to death.
Violence also begins to invade Henry’s home life. He begins seeing a mistress named Janice Rossi (
Gina Mastrogiacomo), and Karen soon finds out about the affair. She wakes him up one night, sitting on top of him with one of his guns pointed at his face, and angrily asks him whether he loves Rossi. A shocked yet confident Henry repeatedly tells Karen that he only loves his wife, until Karen breaks into tears and Henry violently subdues her onto the carpet floor. He in turn threatens her with the gun, saying that he already has enough problems to worry about, such as the possibility of being killed on the streets.
Soon it gets harder to evade the law. Henry and Jimmy are sent to get money from an indebted
Floridagambler in Tampa, and they hang him in the lion's den at a public zoo to intimidate him further after a beating doesn't sway the man. Henry, Jimmy, the gambler and most of the crew (except for Tommy) are then arrested, thanks to the gambler's sister, who is a typist for the FBI. However, prison for the mobsters proves to be not that different than having their own small house with free food and drinks. Henry makes drug deals in prison to support his family on the outside, and when he gets out, the crew commits the infamous Lufthansa Heistat JFK airport.
Even after the successful heist, things begin to shake up even more. The crewmembers buy lavish gifts for their girlfriends, wives and families from their share of the stolen money, flaunting them in public. Out of fear of being traced, Jimmy orders anyone involved in the heist to be killed one by one, with the exception of Henry and Tommy. In the meantime, Henry further establishes himself in the drug trade after seeing its high value, and convinces Tommy and Jimmy to join him.
Tommy is then deceived into thinking that he's going to be "made," or become a prominent member of the Mafia. He is instead righteously executed by the
Gambino crime familyfor Billy Batts' murder. Henry and Jimmy can't become "made men", because of Henry's half, and Jimmy's full, Irish heritage.
May 11, 1980, Henry needs to make a big criminal deal with associates in Atlanta. He drives all over town, busy getting his brother from the hospital and cooking food for the family, and is a nervous wreck from lack of sleep and the amount of cocainehe has taken. He is finally caught by narcagents and is sent to jail. When he returns home, Karen tells him that she has flushed what amounted to sixty-thousand dollars worth of cocaine down the toilet to prevent the FBI agents from finding it during their raid. Henry and his family are left virtually penniless.
Henry soon is excluded by Paulie for lying to him about his involvement in the drug trade, and becomes a mole for the
FBIwhile in the Witness Protection Programto protect himself and his family. Henry is motivated to turn state's evidence when he learns that Paulie and Jimmy have set a trap for him in Florida. Although he is clearly thankful for escaping the mafia alive, he says that he will miss the life of organized crime, and laments the fact that he will now going to have to live a law-abiding life. Or as he puts it, "I get to live the rest of my life as a schnook.”
Title cards shown before the closing credits state that Henry returned to narcotics dealing but cleaned himself up, Paul Cicero died in 1988 in prison, and Jimmy Conway (at the time of the film's release) was serving 20 years-to-life in a New York State prison and would not be eligible for parole until 2004 (although he died in 1996 of stomach cancer).
"Goodfellas" is based on New York crime reporter
Nicholas Pileggi's book "Wiseguy". Martin Scorsese never intended to make another mob film until he read a review of the book and this inspired him to read itcite news | last = Malcolm | first = Derek | coauthors = | title = Made Men | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = Film Comment| date = September/October 1990 | url = | accessdate = ] while working on the set of " Color of Money" in 1986.cite news | last = Goodwin | first = Richard | coauthors = | title = The Making of "Goodfellas" | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = Hotdog | date = | url = | accessdate = ] He had always been fascinated by the Mob lifestyle and was drawn to Pileggi's book because it was the most honest portrayal of gangsters he had ever read.cite news | last = Linfield | first = Susan | coauthors = | title = "Goodfellas" Looks at the Banality of Mob Life | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = New York Times| date = September 16, 1990| url = | accessdate = ] After he read Pileggi's book, the filmmaker knew what approach he wanted to take: "To begin "Goodfellas" like a gunshot and have it get faster from there, almost like a two-and-a-half-hour trailer. I think it's the only way you can really sense the exhilaration of the lifestyle, and to get a sense of why a lot of people are attracted to it."cite news | last = Clark | first = Mike | coauthors = | title = "GoodFellas" step from his childhood | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = USA Today| date = September 19, 1990| url = | accessdate = ] According to Pileggi, Scorsese cold-called the writer and told him, "I've been waiting for this book my entire life." To which Pileggi replied "I've been waiting for this phone call my entire life".cite news | last = Kelly | first = Mary Pat | coauthors = | title = Martin Scorsese: A Journey | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = Thunder Mouth Press | date = March 2003 | url = | accessdate = ]
Scorsese originally intended to direct the film before "The Last Temptation of Christ", but when funds materialized to make "Last Temptation", he decided to postpone "Wise Guy". He was drawn to the documentary aspects of Pileggi's book. "The book "Wise Guys" gives you a sense of the day-to-day life, the tedium - how they work, how they take over certain nightclubs, and for what reasons. It shows how it's done". He saw "Goodfellas" as the third film in an unplanned trilogy of films that examined the lives of Italian-Americans "from slightly different angles".cite news | last = Gilbert | first = Matthew | coauthors = | title = Scorsese Tackles the Mob | work = | pages = | language = | publisher =
Boston Globe| date = September 16, 1990| url = | accessdate = ] He has often described the film as "a mob home movie" that is about money because "that's what they're really in business for".
Scorsese and Pileggi collaborated on the screenplay and over the course of the 12 drafts it took to reach the ideal script, the reporter realized that "the visual styling had to be completely redone . . . So we decided to share credit". They decided which sections of the book they liked and put them together like building blocks.cite news | last = Thompson | first = David | coauthors = Ian Christie | title = Scorsese on Scorsese | work = | pages = 150-161 | language = | publisher =
Faber and Faber| date = 1996 | url = | accessdate = ] Scorsese persuaded Pileggi that they did not need to follow a traditional narrative structure. The director wanted to take the gangster film and deal with it episode by episode but start in the middle and move backwards and forwards. Scorsese would compact scenes and realized that if they were kept short, "the impact after about an hour and a half would be terrific". He wanted to do the voiceover like the opening of " Jules and Jim" and use "all the basic tricks of the New Wave from around 1961". Since the title of Pileggi's book had already been used for a TV series and for Brian De Palma's 1986 comedy "Wise Guys", Pileggi and Scorsese decided to change the name of their film to "Goodfellas".
Once Robert De Niro agreed to play Conway, Scorsese was able to secure the money needed to make the film. The director cast Ray Liotta after De Niro saw him in
Jonathan Demme's "Something Wild" and Scorsese was surprised by "his explosive energy" in that film. The actor had read Pileggi's book when it came out and was fascinated by it. A couple of years afterwards, his agent told him that Scorsese was going to direct a film version. In 1988, Liotta met the director over a period of a couple of months and auditioned for the film. The actor campaigned aggressively for a role in the film but the studio wanted a well-known actor. "I think they would've rather had Eddie Murphythan me", the actor remembers.cite news | last = Portman | first = Jamie | coauthors = | title = "Goodfellas" Star Prefers Quiet Life | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = Toronto Star| date = October 1, 1990| url = | accessdate = ]
To prepare for the role, De Niro consulted with Pileggi who had research material that had been discarded while writing the book.cite news | last = Arnold | first = Gary | coauthors = | title = Real Fellas Talk about Mob Film | work = | pages = | language = | publisher =
Washington Times| date = September 25, 1990| url = | accessdate = ] De Niro often called Hill several times a day to ask how Burke walked, held his cigarette, and so on.cite news | last = Wolf | first = Buck | coauthors = | title = Rap Star 50 Cent Joins Movie Mobsters | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = ABC News| date = November 8, 2005| url = http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/WolfFiles/story?id=1338853 | accessdate = 2007-06-24 ] cite news | last = Papamichael | first = Stella | coauthors = | title = "GoodFellas: Special Edition DVD (1990) | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = BBC| date = October 22, 2004| url = http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2004/10/22/goodfellas_se_2004_dvd_review.shtml | accessdate = 2007-06-24 ] Driving to and from the set, Liotta listened to FBI audio cassette tapes of Hill, so he could practice speaking like his real-life counterpart. To research her role, Lorraine Bracco tried to get close to a Mob wife but was unable to because they exist in a very tight-knit community. She decided not to meet the real Karen because she "thought it would be better if the creation came from me. I used her life with her parents as an emotional guideline for the role".cite news | last = Witchel | first = Alex | coauthors = | title = A Mafia Wife Makes Lorraine Bracco a Princess | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = New York Times| date = September 27, 1990| url = | accessdate = ] Paul Sorvino had no problem finding the voice and walk of his character but found it challenging finding "that kernel of coldness and absolute hardness that is antithetical to my nature except when my family is threatened".cite news | last = Van Gelder | first = Lawrence | coauthors = | title = At the Movies | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = New York Times| date = October 12, 1990| url = | accessdate = ]
The film was shot in 1989 in
New York City. Scorsese broke the film down into sequences and storyboarded everything because of the complicated style throughout. According to the filmmaker, he "wanted lots of movement and I wanted it to be throughout the whole picture, and I wanted the style to kind of break down by the end, so that by his [Henry] last day as a wiseguy, it's as if the whole picture would be out of control, give the impression he's just going to spin off the edge and fly out." He claims that the film's style comes from the first two or three minutes of "Jules and Jim": extensive narration, quick edits, freeze frames, and multiple locale switches. It was this reckless attitude towards convention that mirrored the attitude of many of the gangsters in the film. Scorsese remarked, "So if you do the movie, you say, 'I don't care if there's too much narration. Too many quick cuts? - That's too bad.' It's that kind of really punk attitude we're trying to show". He adopted a frenetic style in order to almost overwhelm the audience with images and information. He also put a lot of detail in every frame because the gangster life is so rich. The use of freeze frames was done because Scorsese wanted images that would stop "because a point was being reached" in Henry's life.
Joe Pesci did not judge his character but found the scene where he kills Spider for talking back to his character hard to do because he had trouble justifying the action until he forced himself to feel the way Tommy did. Lorraine Bracco found the shoot to be an emotionally difficult one because it was such a male-dominated cast and realized that if she did not make her "work important, it would probably end up on the cutting room floor". When it came to the relationship between Henry and Karen, Bracco saw no difference between an abused wife and her character.
According to Pesci, improvisation and ad-libbing came out of rehearsals where Scorsese let the actors do whatever they wanted. He made transcripts of these sessions, took the lines that the actors came up with that he liked best, and put them into a revised script that the cast worked from during principal photography. For example, in the scene where Tommy tells the story and Henry is responding to him - the "what's so funny about me" scene, was based on actual event that happened to Pesci. It was worked on in rehearsals where he and Liotta improvised and Scorsese recorded 4-5 takes, rewrote their dialogue and inserted it into the script.cite news | last = Kaplan | first = Jonah | coauthors = | title = Getting Made: The Making of "Goodfellas" | work = Goodfellas: Two-Disc Special Edition DVD | pages = | language = | publisher =
Warner Bros.| date = 2004 | url = | accessdate = ] The cast did not meet Henry Hill during the film's shoot but a few weeks before it premiered, Liotta met him in an undisclosed city. Hill had seen the film and told the actor that he loved it.
The long tracking shot through the Copacabana nightclub came about because of a practical problem - the filmmakers could not get permission to go in the short way and this forced them to go round the back. Scorsese decided to do it in one shot in order to symbolize Henry's whole life is ahead of him and according to the director, "It's his seduction of her [Karen] and it's also the lifestyle seducing him". This sequence was shot eight times. Henry's last day as a wiseguy was the hardest part of the film for Scorsese to shoot because he wanted to create the character's state of anxiety and the way the mind races when on drugs for people who had never been under the influence of
cocaineand amphetamines. The director ended the film with Henry regretting that he is no longer a wiseguy and Scorsese said, "I think the audience should get angry at him and I would hope they do - and maybe with the system which allows this".
Scorsese wanted to depict the film's violence realistically, "cold, unfeeling and horrible. Almost incidental." However, he had to remove ten frames of blood in order to ensure an R rating from the
MPAA. With a budget of $25 million, "Goodfellas" was Scorsese's most expensive film to date but still only a medium budget by Hollywood standards. It was also the first time he was obliged by Warner Bros. to preview the film. It was shown twice in California and a lot of audiences were "agitated" by Henry's last day as a wise guy sequence and Scorsese argued that that was the point of the scene. Scorsese and the film's editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, made this sequence faster with more jump cuts to convey Henry's drug-addled point of view. In the first test screening there were 40 walkouts in the first ten minutes. One of the favorite scenes for test audiences was the one where Tommy tells the story and Henry is responding to him - the "what's so funny about me" scene.
Scorsese chose the songs for "Goodfellas" only if they commented on the scene or the characters "in an oblique way". The only rule he adhered to with the soundtrack was to use music which could only have been heard at that time. For example, if a scene took place in 1973, he could use any song that was current or older. According to Scorsese, a lot of non-dialogue scenes were shot to playback. For example, he had "Layla" playing on the set while shooting the scene where the dead bodies are discovered in the car and the meat-truck. Sometimes, the lyrics of songs were put between lines of dialogue to comment on the action. Some of the music Scorsese had written into the script while other songs he discovered during the editing phase.
"Goodfellas" has its world premiere at the 1990
Venice Film Festivalwhere Scorsese received the Silver Lion award for Best Director.cite news | last = Malcolm | first = Derek | coauthors = | title = The Venice Film Festival ends in uproar | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = The Guardian| date = September 17, 1990| url = | accessdate = ] It was given a wide release in North America on September 21, 1990in 1,070 theaters with an opening weekend gross of USD$6.3 million. It went on to make $46.8 million domestically, well above its $25 million budget.cite news | last = | first = | coauthors = | title = "Goodfellas" | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = Box Office Mojo | date = | url = http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=goodfellas.htm | accessdate = 2008-03-20 ]
The film received mostly positive reviews from critics and currently has a 96% rating at
Rotten Tomatoesand a 89 metascore at Metacritic. In his review for " The New York Times", Vincent Canbywrote, "More than any earlier Scorsese film, "Goodfellas" is memorable for the ensemble nature of the performances . . . The movie has been beautifully cast from the leading roles to the bits. There is flash also in some of Mr. Scorsese's directorial choices, including freeze frames, fast-cutting and the occasional long tracking shot. None of it is superfluous".cite news | last = Canby | first = Vincent | coauthors = | title = A Cold-Eyed Look at the Mob's Inner Workings | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = The New York Times| date = September 19, 1990| url = | accessdate = ] " USA Today" gave the film four out of four stars and called it, "great cinema - and also a whopping good time". David Ansen, in his review for " Newsweek" magazine, wrote "Every crisp minute of this long, teeming movie vibrates with outlaw energy".cite news | last = Ansen | first = David | coauthors = | title = A Hollywood Crime Wave | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = Newsweek| date = September 17, 1990| url = | accessdate = ] However, Anthony Lanein the " The Independent" wrote, "There is a short, needling comedy of violence and cowardice somewhere inside this stylish film, and it is worth watching more than once to prise it free. Scorsese himself chickened out, I think; perhaps the Mob got to him after all".cite news | last = Lane | first = Anthony | coauthors = | title = The Mob gets to Scorsese | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = The Independent| date = October 28, 1990| url = | accessdate = ] William Fugazy, of the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, a watchdog group on ethnic injustice, which claims a membership of 10 million and consists of 76 of the largest heritage groups in the United States, called for a boycott of the film and wanted Warner Bros.to ban it. "It's the worst stereotyping, the worst portrayal of the Italian community I've ever seen. Far worse than "The Godfather". One killing after another", he said.cite news | last = | first = | coauthors = | title = U.S. Italians outraged by new Scorsese movie | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = Reuters| date = September 17, 1990| url = | accessdate = ] Scorsese responded to this criticism by saying, "As Nick Pileggi always points out, there are 18 to 20 million Italian-Americans. Out of that, there are only 4,000 alleged organised crime members. But, as Nick says, they cast a very long shadow".cite news | last = Thompson | first = P | coauthors = | title = Scorsese shocks with Family facts | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = Sunday Herald | date = October 7, 1990| url = | accessdate = ]
"Goodfellas" was nominated for six
Academy Awardsincluding Joe Pesci for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Lorraine Bracco for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Picture, Scorsese for Best Director, Thelma Schoonmakerfor Best Film Editing, and Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi for Best Adapted Screenplay.cite news | last = | first = | coauthors = | title = And the Oscar Nominees Are ... | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = Associated Press| date = February 14, 1991| url = | accessdate = ] When Joe Pesciwon the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (the only Academy Award the film won),cite news | last = Rohter | first = Larry | coauthors = | title = Kevin Costner and "Dances With Wolves" Win Top Oscar Prizes | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = New York Times| date = March 26, 1991| url = | accessdate = ] his entire speech was "This is an honor and a privilege, thank you".cite news | last = Dhesi | first = Japinder | coauthors = | title = Worst awards performances | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = The Guardian| date = September 20, 2004| url = http://www.guardian.co.uk/netnotes/article/0,,1308896,00.html | accessdate = 2008-03-20 ] It is the third shortest Oscar-acceptance speech, after William Holden's, who simply said, "Thank you", upon winning for " Stalag 17", and Alfred Hitchcock's, who merely said, "Thanks," when he received an Honorary Oscar. Later, Pesci admitted that he did not say more, because "I really didn't think I was going to win".
"Goodfellas" was nominated for five
Golden Globesincluding Best Director, Best Motion Pictures, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Screenplay.cite news | last = | first = | coauthors = | title = "Godfather" lands 7 Globe nominations | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = Toronto Star| date = December 28, 1990| url = | accessdate = ] It failed to win any of these awards. Scorsese's film won three awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Artsincluding Best Film, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.cite news | last = | first = | coauthors = | title = "GoodFellas", "Cinema Paradiso" dominate the British Oscars | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = Associated Press| date = March 18, 1991| url = | accessdate = ]
New York Film Critics Circlevoted "Goodfellas" the Best Film of 1990, Robert De Niro was named Best Actor for his performance in the film and in " Awakenings", and Scorsese was voted Best Director.cite news | last = Spillman | first = Susan | coauthors = | title = Critics join mob honoring "GoodFellas" | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = USA Today| date = December 19, 1990| url = | accessdate = ] The Los Angeles Film CriticsAssociation also voted Scorsese as Best Director, "GoodFellas" as Best Film, awards for Pesci and Bracco as Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively, and Best Cinematography to Michael Ballhausfor his work on the film.cite news | last = Landis | first = David | coauthors = | title = Ganging up to praise "GoodFellas" | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = USA Today| date = December 17, 1990| url = | accessdate = ] The National Board of Reviewvoted Pesci as Best Supporting Actor.cite news | last = Spillman | first = Susan | coauthors = | title = "Wolves" dances away with award | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = USA Today| date = December 14, 1990| url = | accessdate = ] The National Society of Film Criticsvoted "Goodfellas" Best Film of 1990 and Scorsese as Best Director.cite news | last = Fox | first = David J | coauthors = | title = Critics say they're jolly "GoodFellas" | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = Toronto Star| date = January 8, 1991| url = | accessdate = ] "American Film" magazine declared "Goodfellas" the best film of 1990 according to a poll of 80 movie critics.cite news | last = Arnold | first = Gary | coauthors = | title = "GoodFellas" targeted for even more acclaim | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = Washington Times| date = February 19, 1991| url = | accessdate = ]
"GoodFellas" is #94 on the
American Film Institute's list of 100 Years, 100 Movies and #92 on its updated version from 2007. In June 2008, the AFI revealed its "Ten top Ten"—the best ten films in ten "classic" American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. "Goodfellas" was acknowledged as the second best in the gangster film genre. [cite news | publisher = American Film Institute| title = AFI's 10 Top 10 | date = 2008-06-17| url = http://www.afi.com/10top10/gangster.html | accessdate=2008-06-18] In 2000, the United States Library of Congressdeemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. Roger Ebert, a friend and supporter of Scorsese, named "GoodFellas" the "best mob movie ever" and placed it among the best films of the nineties.cite news | last = | first = | coauthors = | title = Best Films of the '90s | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = Ebert & Roeper | date = February 27, 2000| url = http://tvplex.go.com/buenavista/ebertandroeper/specials/bestof90s.html| accessdate = 2008-03-26 ] "Premiere" magazine listed Joe Pesci as #96 on its list of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time, calling him "perhaps the single most irredeemable character ever put on film".cite news | last = | first = | coauthors = | title = The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time | work = | pages = | language = | publisher = Premiere | date = | url = http://www.premiere.com/features/1539/the-100-greatest-movie-characters-of-all-time-page2.html | accessdate = 2008-03-26 ] Channel 4placed "Goodfellas" at #10 in their 2002 poll "The 100 Greatest Films." In 2005, " Total Film", named "GoodFellas" as the greatest film of all time. In December 2002, a UK film critics poll in " Sight and Sound" ranked the film #4 on their list of the 10 Best Films of the Last 25 Years. [cite news | publisher = Sight and Sound| title = Modern Times | date = December 2002 | url = http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/feature/63/ | accessdate=2008-08-27 ]
* "Martin Scorsese: A Journey", by Mary Pat Kelly (2003, Thunder Mouth Press), ISBN 978-1560254706.
* "Scorsese on Scorsese", by David Thompson and Ian Christie (2004,
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* "Goodfellas", by Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese (1990, Faber and Faber), ISBN 978-0571162659.
* "Wiseguy", by Nicholas Pileggi (1990, Rei Mti), ISBN 978-0671723224.
* [http://www.chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/goodfellas.php Reel Faces:] Fact vs. Fiction
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Goodfellas — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Good Fellas – Drei Jahrzehnte in der Mafia Originaltitel: Goodfellas Produktionsland: USA Erscheinungsjahr: 1990 Länge: 139 Minuten Originalsprache: Englisch … Deutsch Wikipedia
Goodfellas — … Википедия
goodfellas — n. (Slang) mobster, member of a gang of criminals, gangster, member of the Mafia … English contemporary dictionary
Goodfellas — Voir Les Affranchis … Dictionnaire mondial des Films
Goodfellas (soundtrack) — Infobox Album Name = Goodfellas Music from the Motion Picture Type = soundtrack Artist = Various Artists Released = October 9, 1990 Recorded = Genre = Soundtrack Length = 37:23 Label = Atlantic / Wea Producer = Reviews = Last album = This album … Wikipedia
Goodfellas (album) — Infobox Album | Name = Goodfellas Type = Album Artist = Show and A.G. Released = May 30, 1995 Genre = Hip Hop Label = PayDay/FFRR/PolyGram Records 124 007 Length = 50:32 Producer = artist Lord Finesse DJ Premier DJ Roc Raida Dres Reviews = *… … Wikipedia
GoodFellas - Drei Jahrzehnte in der Mafia — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Good Fellas – Drei Jahrzehnte in der Mafia Originaltitel: Goodfellas Produktionsland: USA Erscheinungsjahr: 1990 Länge: 139 Minuten Originalsprache: Englisch … Deutsch Wikipedia