Film 319 in the ‘1001 Films to See Before You Die’ challenge is 1990’s “Goodfellas”. Directed by Martin Scorsese and based on Nicholas Pileggi’s non-fiction novel entitled ‘Wiseguy’, this biographical crime drama is about the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, and his friends over a period from 1955 to 1980. For ages, I had heard everyone talk about how good this film was. From Roger Ebert to friends to the guy who worked behind the counter at Blockbusters back in the day. So, after a while, I decided to finally watch it and see if it still holds up. Turns out… It does! This was a very fun film to watch. Lots of fun likeable characters, especially Tommy. I thought everyone in this film was great in this film. The only character I didn’t really like was Morrie. He was far too annoying so I was glad when Tommy killed him. This was my first time seeing Joe Pesci and thought he was brilliant in this film so I’m not surprised that he won multiple awards for best supporting actor. 1990 was a good year for Pesci, he was in this, Home Alone & Betsy’s Wedding. Ok that last one’s not good but the other two are… Right? Regardless, this is a film I would recommend. Still holds up after 16 years. Fun Fact of the Film – Martin Scorsese’s parents appear in the film. His mom plays Tommy’s mother and his dad plays a prisoner. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1990’s “Goodfellas”
Film – Goodfellas
Year – 1990
Director – Martin Scorsese
Written by – Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese
Based on – “Wiseguy” by Nicholas Pileggi
Staring – Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci
IMDb Rating – 8.7/10
My Rating – 8.5/10
Length – 140 min (2h 20min)
Genre – Biography, Crime, Drama
We open in New York 1970 in a car driving down a road
Not even two minutes in and someone’s just been killed
Henry makes it sound like life of a gangster is great – All you do is park in front of hydrants and play cards all night
Are they paying police off with whiskey & cigarettes?
That is one pissed off dad
Well… That’s one way to avoid letters from school
Is it me or is the name ‘Paulie’ always in gangster films?
So… To make sure people pay protection they light all their cars on fire?!?
How dare you waste all our aprons to stop someone bleeding to death
So… Jimmy just gives money away to anyone?
“Jimmy roots for all the bad guys in films” – I do that sometimes
Nobody officially joins the mafia without going to court at least once
Now we’re in Idlewild 1963
Freddy No Nose? That’s a lie! He clearly has one
How are we meant to sell fur coats in the summer?
Who ships American Dollars to France to exchange then only to send them back and change the Euros back to Dollars?
“Funny how? Like a clown? I make you laugh?”
I would question the amount of F-Bombs Tommy just said but I’ve already lost count
$7000 bar tab? Fuck that!
Back at base and Sonny sounds worried
Paulie’s cigar just magically disappeared
Erm… What is that pink stuff in those paint cans? It defiantly doesn’t look like paint
Date my date’s friends so I can fuck my actual date?
Here! You’re home! Now fuck off!
Well then… That’s one way to confront someone! Especially in front of everyone
Who needs to wait in line when you’re mates with the bouncers
Who takes their dates through the kitchen of a restaurant
Now for some stand up comedy
$420,000 from stealing from Air France’s shipments depot!?!?!?
Shout out to the Lacoste shirt
Shout out to Morrie’s wigs
How does Karen know where Henry is to call Morrie’s?
So…. Someone forced themself on Karen?
Bruce forced himself on Karen! What an asshole!
Wait… If Henry’s a Christian then why is he having a Jewish wedding? Is it because Karen’s Jewish?
There’s too many Peters, Paulies and Maries
What is a ‘Hostess Party’?
Just realised that they’re playing “Leader of the Pack” in the background – Good song
“Nobody goes to jail unless they really want to” – HUH?!?
And just when we’re about to see sex we instead get Tommy and Henry stealing a truck
Wait… When did Henry & Karen have a kid? Or is she babysitting?
You seriously need all that money to go shopping?
Billy sounds like a dick
Did Billy just say that he fucks kids up the ass?
De Niro does not know how to kick
Hello Scorsese’s mother
How quick did Tommy’s mom make all that food?
Haha! The man in the painting looks like Billy
And back to the start of the film
These restaurant bits remind me of Phoenix Nights – Minus the violence
Now Henry and Karen have two kids – Since when?
Wait… It’s been six months? Nothing’s different
Who hits a skunk with the boot of their car?
One thing’s clear – Don’t piss off Tommy
Who wraps bandages around their shoes?
And there goes the bartender
INTERMISSION – Have to flip the DVD to watch the rest of it
We’re back and Karen has officially lost it
Why are we whispering?
So… Who is Henry sleeping with behind Karen’s back?
Look… I know I need to spend more time with Karen but…. Jimmy’s inviting me to Tampa for the weekend
How to make someone pay up – Feed then to the lions in a zoo
And that deal in the zoo got Henry & Jimmy 10 years
Wait… Henry’s aloud to say goodbye to everyone before going to prison?!?
Wait… When did Paulie end up in prison?
This isn’t prison! This is a hostel
Wait… Henry’s allowed to sell drugs in prison?
That bread nearly hit that kid in the head
4 years later and Henry gets released on parole
Is it me or did Henry get fatter between takes?
Shout out to “Gimme Shelter” by Rolling Stones in the background
Wait…. Who’s this girl with all the coke?
What the hell is Karen wearing?
Now to plan The Lutthansa Heist
You hide cocaine in baby’s nappies?
$4 million stolen from that heist!!!! And Henry learnt the news over the radio it in the shower
And Jimmy is starting to lose it now everyone’s buying pink Cadillacs & mink coats
Everything’s happening a little too fast now to keep up
Tommy then visits Stacks and instantly kills him
So… Stacks screwed up and rather hide the truck he got stoned with his girlfriend
Worst sliding door ever
Can someone just kill Morrie already
How dare you change ‘Oh Danny Boy’ to ‘Oh Henry Boy’
YESS!!!! “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream – TUNE!!
GET IN!!!! Thank you Tommy
Cut to two kids who find two people dead in a pink Cadillac
Sounds like things are breaking down – That and Jimmy’s killing everyone associated with the heist
Oh…. They just killed Tommy! Didn’t see that coming
So… They killed Tommy because he killed Billy
Now it’s May 1980 and Henry’s still a coke head
Don’t you hate it when you’re being followed by helicopters
Hello Henry’s brother
Damn helicopter! Leave me alone!
Sounds like a hectic day in Henry’s life
Wait… What did they censor?
Who has dinner at 10:45pm?
Seriously! You need to drive to Lois’s just for a hat?
Does flushing cocaine down the toilet actually work?
And now for the aftermath
Oh yeah… Paulie…. Where’s he been? It’s been a while since we’ve seen him
Whoops! All that coke was worth $60,000?
Even if the police would’ve found it they’d still be out of money
Henry meets with Paulie who’s cooking sausages
$3200 from Paulie who leaves him to survive on his own
Oh hey Jimmy
Yeah… That looks like a safe place to buy dresses
Those glasses do not suit you Mr De Niro
Wait… Who’s this guy? Is he Henry’s lawyer?
And everyone’s getting arrested left and right
And Henry just ratted out everyone out in court