W: Martin Scorsese & Nicholas
Pileggi [based on the novel 'Wiseguy' by Nicholas Pileggi]
DP: Michael Ballhaus
Ed: Thelma Schoonmaker
PD: Kristi Zea
Cos: Richard Bruno
Robert DeNiro (James Conway), Ray
Liotta (Henry Hill), Joe Pesci (Tommy DeVito), Lorraine Bracco (Karen Hill), Paul Sorvino (Paul Cicero), Frank Sivero (Frankie
Carbone), Tony Darrow (Sonny Bunz), Frank Vincent (Billy Batts)
Martin Scorsese's seminal crime masterpiece was
heavily criticised on it's original release due to it's violence and industrial strength language, although it's rather tame compared to films released since (even the director's own
Casino & The Departed are more gratuitous).
Based on the book "Wiseguy" by Nicholas Pileggi,
Goodfellas is mostly the story of Henry Hill, who coveted a gangster lifestyle from when he was a young boy in the 1950's, and upon getting his feet in the proverbial door, worked his way
up to becoming a formidable member, alongside infamous gangsters James Conway & Tommy DeVito.
All the cast are absolutely fantastic, but Joe Pesci
steals the movie with his iconic, often mimicked performance as the psychotic Tommy, a short man with an even shorter temper.
Nominated for the Best Picture Oscar of 1990, there
are many who argue this should have won, and it's a pretty decent argument.