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Goodfellas, released in 1990, is regarded by many as Martin Scorsese's best picture, and often considered one of the greatest films in cinematic history. Based on the book "Wiseguy" by Nicholas Pileggi, the film follows the rise and fall of three gangsters, spanning a time period of over three decades. The movie opens with a young Henry Hill, a Brooklyn kid with both an Irish and Italian background and dreams of one day becoming a gangster like the wiseguys that line his neighborhood. To the horror of his family, Henry's dream begins to come true when he is offered a chance to work for the local gangsters doing things such as running errands, making sandwiches, and even holding their umbrellas. As time passes, Henry becomes a full-fledged member of his adopted crime family and begins to work closely with rusted friends Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito. As the bosses and the businesses change with the times, the crew experiences new highs in the organized crime world, but as with all highs, there's always a fall back down to Earth. Nominated for six Academy Awards, Goodfellas is a non-stop thrill from beginning to end, a pillar of American cinema, and an absolute must-see movie.moreless
Billy Batts: : [under his breath after Tommy leaves the bar] I'll fuck him in his ass. I fucked kids like him in the can in the ass. Fuckin' trying to break up my party.
Henry Hill: : [Henry has just been busted for dealing drugs] For a second I thought I was dead. But, when I heard all the noise, I knew they were cops. Only cops talk that way. If they'd been wiseguys, I wouldn't have heard a thing. I would've been dead.
Henry Hill: : [narrating] Now the guy's got Paulie as a partner. Any problems, he goes to Paulie. Trouble with the bill? He can go to Paulie. Trouble with the cops, deliveries, Tommy, he can call Paulie. But now the guy's gotta come up with Paulie's money every week, no matter what. Business bad? Fuck you, pay me. Oh, you had a fire? Fuck you, pay me. Place got hit by lightning, huh? Fuck you, pay me.
Tommy DeVito:: What, do you got me on a fuckin' pay-no-mind list kid?
Billy Batts:: Go home and get your fucking shine box.
Tommy DeVito: : [after killing Morrie] I thought he'd never shut the fuck up.
Henry Hill:: [narrating] As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster
Tommy DeVito:: What the fuck are you doing? You're hanging around my fuckin' neck like a vulture, like impending danger.
Henry Hill: : [narrating] Thirty-two hundred dollars he gave me. Thirty-two hundred dollars for a lifetime. It wasn't even enough to pay for the coffin.
Henry Hill: : [narrating] One day some of the kids from the neighborhood carried my mother's groceries all the way home. You know why? It was outta respect.
Henry Hill: : [narrating] Paulie may have moved slow, but it was only because Paulie didn't have to move for anybody.
Morrie: : What am I? A schmuck on wheels?
Henry Hill: : [narrating] And then there was Jimmy Two Times, who got that nickname because he said everything twice, like:
Jimmy Two Times: : I'm gonna go get the papers, get the papers.
Henry Hill: : [narrating] Whenever we needed money, we'd rob the airport. To us, it was better than Citibank.
Henry Hill: : [narrating] And when the cops, when they assigned a whole army to stop Jimmy, what'd he do? He made 'em partners.
Tommy DeVito: : Sure, mom, I settle down with a nice girl every night, then I'm free the next morning.
Tommy DeVito: : In this day and age, what the fuck is this world coming to? I can't believe this, prejudice against - a Jew broad - prejudice against Italians.
Henry Hill: : Jimmy was the kind of guy that rooted for bad guys in the movies.
The film won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Joe Pesci.
Domestically, Goodfellas was the 26th most successful movie of 1990.