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4.3
21,128 Ratings

Goodfellas

Directed by Martin Scorsese
United States, 1990
Biography, Crime, Drama

Synopsis

Three decades of life in the mob as seen by Henry Hill, a gangster who climbs up the ladder and watches it all come crashing down.

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Goodfellas Directed by Martin Scorsese

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1990 | Winner: Silver Lion

Academy Awards

1991 | 6 nominations including: Best Picture

National Film Preservation Board

2000 | Winner: National Film Registry

GoodFellas is music. It’s like a concept album. I don’t know which album specifically – but an album all its own. And it’s not just a Martin Scorsese mix-tape, it’s something the director manipulated through his vision – as his own production – he laid the tracks.
December 05, 2018
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It often seems to clasp the key to understanding (second-generation, male) America in an unattainable 1.85:1 crucible… Scorsese’s crucial narrative achievement is the meticulous setting of each sequence to diegetically-appropriate pop music as if it were an arranged marriage, and vividly portrays Hill’s climactic coke/ziti-fueled breakdown as the ultimate Stones/Nilsson megamix.
January 29, 2016
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Scorsese’s realism is a hallucinatory realism, and the most extravagant moment in “GoodFellas” captures the mind-bending force of violence on Henry Hill himself. The younger man’s bravado ultimately gives way to a middle-aged man’s paranoia, and, in a scene where he fears for his life, Scorsese creates an image—one of the most inspired moments in his career—that’s borrowed directly from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.”
June 19, 2015
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