Martin Scorcese has proved his worth as a director for the last 20 years. With his mafia epics, such as goodfellas and casino, later followed by the departed and gangs of new york, he has shocked the world with his gritty realism and intricate plotlines. Ray Liotta in Goodfellas is the average guy-turned mafia man, and plays the part of the half-irish italian who breaks into the business through a cab stand and pizza shop. The idea that his movie is based on a novel changes the layout, but also propels it forward through the many different scenes and times that occur. We see a young man rise up from a poor child to a teenage mafioso, selling stolen cigarettes by the carton in the middle of the street, to a full-blown button man eking his way by with his mistress, wife and two children, planning out major-scale heists and killing made men of the families. Although Ray Liotta holds his own in this movie, the real stars are Joe Pesci and Robert Deniro- who provide numerous portrayals of their characters in the most extreme ways... Pesci's anger is infamous- and his "I make you laugh?" speech is known throughout film history. I feel that Scorcese cemented himself into film history with this film, then went on to show his prowess and mastery with newer films- Shutter Island among the great films he continues to make.
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Goodfellas is a crime drama released on September 19, 1990 and produced by Warner Bros. The film was directed by Martin Scorseseand was written by Nicholas Pileggi and MartinScorscese. Goodfellas wasproduced by Iron Winkler, and starred Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pessci, LorreainBracco and Paul Sarvino
Goodfellas is about a man named Henry Hill who together with hisfriends, work their way up to through the mob hiearchy.. After its release the film received 18 nominations, and celebrated 32 wins and one Academy Award in 1991 for Best Actorin a Supporting Role.
On its opening day, the film grossed $6.3 million by the end of the weekend.
The film was shot in New York in 1989. Itwas given an MPAA rating of R and runs 146 minutes.