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Goodfellas

Henry Hill is a small time gangster, who takes part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to climb up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, is badly affected by his partners success, but will he stoop low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy?
 
 
 
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Long But Worth The Watch
this is one of my favorite mobster movies.hella long,but walks you through how a young boy grows up and joins the mob.great watch,however...
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One of the best maffia movies out there
Good movie about the startup world

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"I really can't decide whether this movie, or one of the first two Godfather films is the greatest Mafia film of all time. Whereas those movies provide a great look into the higher levels of the mob world, this one gives a look into the working class lower levels populated by the working class blue collar wiseguys, and it is just as fascinating and brilliant.

What we have is an adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi's book about the life story of Henry Hill- an associate of the Vario (renamed Cicero in the film) Crew, who were connected into the Lucchese Crime Family. The film follows his exploits over the course of 25 years from 1955-1980, and provides a captivating portrait of the mob in New York/New Jersey during that era.

This is just brilliant cinema in general. The story is fully realized, the direction and camera work are flawless, there are some incredibly well done sequences, and it's just an all around satisfying film to experience. I love all the attention to detail, and just all the details that are given about the ins and outs of the mob world. You really get a great sense of the world these people live in, the culture they're apart of, and how it affects them. And not to mention the great casting and flawless performances. Nobody sticks out in a negative way here. They're all at the top of their games, especially the scene stealing Joe Pesci who rightly earned an Oscar for his efforts.

Trust the reputation and check this out- it truly is one of the best films of the 1990s, and basically the late 20th Century in general."

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Watch it
What can be said really? The style of this film is still second to none. The editing is just...some of the most brilliant of all time really. The whole film feels like one long montage, the way scenes and vignettes flow and the music is the backdrop for EVERYTHING (and what freaking music).

Of course, when the actual energetic montage (Sunday, May 11th, 1980) happens, which we've all seen a million times, it is still completely electrifying. Just a smorgasbord of style, editing, paranoia, sweat, music and druggy sleaze.

Which brings me to another point. I've frequently heard the comment about the movie that though Scorsese was not TRYING to glorifying the mafia and crime, the movie winds up doing so. There's truth to it. Like Scarface, so many people took it as a temptation and a cool way to behave or live.

But looking at filmmaking language, that glorification and idealization happens in the first half of the film. Liotta is living a charmed life here, of course it'd seem glorified (and let's be honest, we all know Henry Hill ain't the most reliable narrator). Nice suits, beautiful houses, great cars, money, control. But as we go through the 70s, the suits get grosser, jewelry gets flashier, houses get ugly and sleazy. Everything gets decadent. Paranoia and murder and violence take over. Liotta starts resembling a sweaty corpse. The film becomes chaotic and insane. Doesn't tempt me, does it tempt you? Just great great stuff. Love that Marty.

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One of my favourites
I'm not sure what Goodfellas has to do with trading equity markets but I'll chime in. This movie has to be one of my favourites, I love the actors, the era, the culture etc, etc. Funny and entertaining and not a dull moment. If you like mafioso type of movies this has to be one of the best if not the best.

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Obviously Good!
one of the best movies of all time. If you havent seen it.. you are missing out!

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timless classic
great movie love it classic

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Great movie!
Very enjoyable and entertaining! The movie hasn't wrinkled a bit since 1990, its even difficult to think its already 22 years old.

IF you appreciate gangster movies, then this is one to add to your library without any doubt. You can also watch it over and over without any problems, it's simply great!

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Classic
I was surprised that the book was so close to the movie, although "Gangsters and Goodfellas" continues Henry Hill's story where the movie ended and left us all hanging, the debriefings were the stories from the movie. It's an interesting update on Hill's life after the mob. I think that it's a well-written book. I mean we aren't seeking a novel or literature when we choose to purchase it and it is all about the story. I have no respect for informants and would not normally purchase a book written by one, however, Henry Hill knew that they intended to whack him and he was left with no choice. He wasn't willing to die for the cause!

Hill's activities while in the Federal Witness Protection Program make the point that government informants are often no better than those that they inform on or set-up, and are sometimes worse. I'd recommend this book as I view Hill as a straight shooter that tells it like it was. What a life!

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Tightttt
awesome flick. need to watch over and over again!

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Impeccably well-done
This review is based on the 2-Disc Special Edition release. I haven't read the novel, nor do I know anything about Hill that this film didn't tell me, but I understand that that this is a faithful adaptation, and that both give an honest recounting of his life. This can perhaps best be described as a portrayal of the environment, showing good and bad alike. The glamorous nature of that way of life is put up on the screen, and you definitely understand its appeal. Scorsese doesn't fail us for a second of this. It is brutal, funny, charming, bloody, intense and entertaining. The writing is excellent. Narration as well as dialog are incredible and highly memorable and quotable. The plot is interesting and develops nicely. Strong storytelling is one of the things that keeps you watching. The characters and personalities is another. Cinematography and editing are top-notch. The scoring is spot-on, with every music piece being fantastic and fitting(directly or ironically) at the same time. Every single acting performance is perfect, not only Liotta, Pesci and of course DeNiro. The pacing is marvelous. Mood and atmosphere are established masterfully. The language doesn't hold back, neither in tone nor in amount. There is some sexuality, not terribly graphic. Violence is unrestrained. This has disturbing content. The DVD comes with four featurettes(coming to about an hour in running time, all put together), as well as two commentary tracks... "Cast and Crew"(self-explanatory) and "Cop and Crook"(the actual Henry, and one of the feds who worked against the mob). All of it is worth the time. I recommend this to fans of gangster movies and/or authentic, biographical ones. Just make sure you can handle it

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