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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 96%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 97%
IMDb Rating 8.7 10 829410


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Robert De Niro as James Conway
Samuel L. Jackson as Stacks Edwards
Joe Pesci as Tommy DeVito
Ray Liotta as Henry Hill
699.03 MB
23.976 fps
2hr 26 min
P/S 37 / 499

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Reviewed by dick6756 10 / 10

Full of energy from start to finish

This film is, to me, one of the best mob films. In my mind, it outperforms Godfather(1972) and top all of Mafia films except Infernal Affairs(2002), which is too often classified into "Cops & Robbers movies" by me. By the way, Infernal Affairs is later on adapted for a new American one, named The Departed(2006), which is, to me, one of the worst films partly because I find it that there is a inconsistency between the original and the remake. And the main reason I dislike The Departed(2006) is, I think, the original is so perfect that any remake that attempt to pay homage to it would be disgraceful.

Let's get down to Goodfellas (1990). In comparison with those remakes and fictional stories, Goodfellas is real, of course real because, after all, it is based on a real story. I know, Godfather is regard as one of the greatest films throughout the film history, but it is just make up by a genius, who creates it by making some interviews, intergrating some stories heard from others; while Goodfellas is a wise-guy's life, real life. I love Godfather for sure, and I believe everyone loves it too, as we love romantic legend and epic mythology. However, those stories are far away from us. Goodfellas is more human, less romanticized. I believe few people, as a gangster, could lead a life portrayed by Godfather. Most of us are boorish goodfellas, or wise-guys. That's why I insist that Goodfellas be better than Godfather. After all, we cannot deny ourselves.

Speak of the cast of this film, I was familiar with Henry at the first sight of him. I must have seen him before, I knew it. It took pains for me to recall which film he showed up in. At long last, I got a hunch that he supposed to star in Hannibal Lector series, so I got through the cast list of Hannibal trilogy. And Sure enough, he did. He is the one who wants to arrest Hannibal but fails and be one of the toys that Hannibal plays with. Until now, I can clearly, crystal clearly, remember the bloody disgusting scene that in Hannibal (2001), he (starred by Ray Liotta) is probably hypnotized and Hannibal opens his skull, gets a piece of meat out of his brain, and ...... too disgusting to describe furthermore. And he (Ray Liotta) is the narrator and protagonist of Goodfellas. That interests me. From a puppet manipulated by a puppeteer to the narrator and protagonist of Goodfellas. While watching the mob lifestyle in Goodfellas that borders on the ridiculous, his face always reminds me of the fact that he once shows up in other film and be grinded down by someone sinister. And it gives added zest to my pleasure.

Tommy(Joe Pesci) is impressive in the film. He does everything big, regardless of outcome. And it makes the film never become a snooze fest. As long as he is in that scene, you always expect something exciting happen, and he always live up to your expectation. With him, there is an unpredictability in the film. I guess that's why everybody considers it a pity when he is whacked by Mafia despite the fact that he is such a rude guy. Come on, the film is not a solemn moral lesson. Joe Pesci is awesome. No wonder he wins an Oscar. He totally deserves it.

Basically, the whole film consists of many fragments of daily life, including eating, drinking, sex, party, robbery, fest and what not. Nevertheless, every fragments are interesting enough to keep you focus on the film, and even immerse yourself in being the part of Henry's special life. Colorful, literally and metaphorically, life. A great deal of lively moving shoots, as well as a bunch of classic 60's and 70's Rock 'n Roll music, make the film, despite the long running time, full of energy from start to finish.

Reviewed by philipposx-12290 9 / 10

Excellent or disgusting? Cruel!

Often considered as the best Martin Scorcese Movie, even out trumping Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980) and The Departed (2005), "Goodfellas" is a highly acclaimed film and regarded as one of the best Mafia/Crime/Mob/Gangster films of all time.

Basically, the story is about Henry Hill, telling his life story. Growing up in a tough neighborhood, being addicted to the compelling life of the American Mafia, Slowly but surely integrating into this Gangster World and covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his two best friends and mob partners Jimmy and Tommy. It's no tale about honor or morality. It's a story so cruel, grim and tough that some scenes are hard to watch. But that's just how it is in the Mafia World. Especially Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) is a complete maniac, a psychopath in his own right and his screen time always delivers in evil fashion. As the storyline continues we find out more about how deep related the Mafia World truly is and in some way, how a kid like Henry (unfortunately) can get addicted and fascinated by the way of living. In fact, nearly the complete first hour just shows the 'advantages' of being in the mafia. The murder scenes are disturbing, even frightening and the high use of profanity assists this. Always brutal, Sometimes even ugly, it is directed excellently by Martin Scorsese.

What makes Goodfellas so great are definitely the standout performances. The acting is superb and the embodiment of each character fits perfectly. Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and Lorraine Bracco; But who truly stands out is Ray Liotta. The voice over and the scenery comes together exactly in the right moment, and the delivery of each actor is brilliant. Because of the great acting there are so many hilariously funny and memorable scenes. The "I amuse you?" scene in the casino or when Tommy, Henry & Jimmy want to explain why Tommy's shirt is full of blood to Tommy's mother are outrageously funny. The high use of violence, brutality and black humor isn't always easy to watch (when Tommy starts shooting at the waiter) but the standout performances make the story just so gripping and compelling.

So, Is "Goodfellas" flawless? Actually, No. The difference between "Goodfellas" and (considered the best movie of the genre) "The Godfather" is, that 1972's crime drama will take a straight up evil and bad man, and make him look human. That's just missing here. There are some tiny approaches of making Henry look human, but they just aren't as well executed as they should have been. In some way, unstable people may be disturbed by the glorification of the Mafia because in fact, there is no-one really to cheer for in "Goodfellas".

Except for this remark, I think "Goodfellas" is a brilliant movie, that perfectly captures the cruelty of the Mafia with standout performances by Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci, beautiful directing and a compelling storyline. 9/10

Reviewed by Richie-67-485852 10 / 10

Good For What?

As entertainment goes this delivers mainly because we are allowed to visit with a life style that amuses and triggers the imaginations and causes the viewer to enter into this world portrayed on screen if they so choose as some movies have the ability to pull you into to them. This be one of them. From growing up at a young age around action and intrigue to entering into bigger than life situations this movie tells it well. However, when one takes a second closer look for reality sake we find that lying, cheating, stealing and killing makes for a poor excuse of a life and no amount of glorifying can help that. They often refer to this world as the underworld being dark and not fit to be lived in the light. That's why people in this world hang out together as no one else could tolerate them. In the end, we find they couldn't tolerate each other also. Enjoy the actors in this film who portray this lifestyle very well and the director who make it special. But never forget the true question to be asked namely if this lifestyle is good....

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