Goodfellas (stylized as GoodFellas) is a 1990 crime drama film starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta. The film was directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on the 1986 novel Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi.
Gangster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) talks about his life as a gangster and having gangster friends named James "Jimmy the Gent" Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci). The film shows how he lived his life as a gangster and how he succeeded at being one. It also shows how Henry felt about living the life as a gangster.
Why It Rocks
- Awesome aspect.
- Superb acting.
- Our characters have good chemistry with each other.
- Memorable lines like Tommy's famous "You think I'm funny?!?" outburst.
- Another memorable quote is Billy Bats's "Now go home and get your fucking shine box!"
- The film is considered to be a major turning point in Martin Scorcese's career in his '90s filmmaking.
- Great cameos from both of Scorcese's parents.
The film was released on September 19, 1990 with positive reviews from critics and audiences and currently holds a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 9 out of 10 and a critic consensus that reads "Hard-hitting and stylish, GoodFellas is a gangster classic – and arguably the high point of Martin Scorsese's career." Film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert gave the film a "two thumbs way up" and named it their best film of 1990. Roger Ebert gave the film a four out of four stars and stated in his review "No finer film has ever been made about organized crime – not even The Godfather." In 2000, Goodfellas was placed in the National Film Registry.
The film opened up at #1 at the box office on its opening weekend with a gross of $6 million. Overall, the film made more than $46 million worldwide on a $25 million budget.
Awards and nominations
Goodfellas was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture. But, it won one Award for Best Supporting Actor for Joe Pesci.