GoodFellas

GoodFellas

DVD - 2007
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A young man grows up in the mob and works hard to advance himself through the ranks, enjoying the life of the rich and violent.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2007]
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (146 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Good

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Maoisdead
Jun 27, 2017

This modern classic is a fascinating tale about the rise and fall of an ambitious gangster, perfectly directed (and edited) and told in a most brutal way by Martin Scorsese, with many memorable moments and a remarkable performance by Joe Pesci, who steals the show.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jun 27, 2017

This is Scorsese at the very height of his powers, orchestrating storytelling with a dynamic urgency and a bravura use of camera, music and outstanding performers.

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Calvacade
Mar 16, 2017

One of the most electric, well-acted, superbly directed mob dramas ever put on film -- based on real mobsters in a long forgotten airport heist but here brought to life with an in-your-face intensity, crisply, nay beautifully wrought pieces of film ever produced.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 15, 2016

Good Fellas is the most accurate and beautiful portrayal of the classic gangster style life. From the glitz and glamour to the paranoia of getting whacked or sent to jail at any point, Good Fellas is a cult favorite mob film. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), the narrator of the movie and a gangster himself, tells the story from starting out as a young boy who idolized his local gangsters to diving in deeper than he can handle. Full of lively characters like Jimmy (Robert de Niro) and Tommy (Joe Pesci) known as “wise guys”, Good Fellas is a true masterpiece.  
-@freshprinceofbooks of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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JihadiConservative
Jun 23, 2016

This is as close to an ideal movie as you're going to get. It's based on a fabulous book (Nicolas Pileggi's Wiseguy), has an excellent script, a good soundtrack and features outstanding performances from Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.
I've heard Goodfellas compared to The Godfather over and over again, but that comparison doesn't work for me. I actually found it to be the anti-Godfather. Goodfellas is much more gritty and real. It depicts the same violent, dangerous world that The Godfather did, but with all the grandeur stripped away. The harshness of Goodfellas will almost rub you raw at times, but in many ways its more rivetting than The Godfather because of its almost complete lack of sentiment. This is definitely a gripping, intense movie that will hold your attention for its entire 2 1/2 hrs.
Though Goodfellas is categorized as an action movie and does contain the requisite number of fights, explosions, etc., it's actually much more finely nuanced and psychologically complex than what you'd normally expect from this genre.
Ray Liotta's performance as Henry Hill is skillfully understated. You can really feel his ambivalence about the life he's leading and the people in it and his transformation from a street smart kid into the burned out, coked out loser he turns into is really disturbing. Henry literally self-destructs.
Joe Pesci delivers an equally powerful performance as sociopath Tommy DeVito. Tommy is so remorseless that he casually discusses cooking while burying one of the unfortunate victims of his lightning-quick temper. It's Tommy's non-chalance that makes him so frightening.
Robert De Niro is wonderful as well as Jimmy Conway, a man whose charm and congeniality mask his icy heartedness. Jimmy makes it so easy to like him and trust him, yet he betrays everyone who makes that mistake. Beneath his seemingly sincere good will is pure self-interest. Jimmy does what's good for Jimmy. Period.
Part of what I thought made this movie so interesting is the relationship between Henry, Tommy and Jimmy and how they react to the same events. Jimmy never, ever loses his cool or his surface lustre while the evil in Tommy feeds on itself and he becomes more evil. Henry, however, degenerates and falls apart. This is what makes Henry the only sympathetic character and the one whose redemption you'll hope for. Will Henry be redeemed? You'll have to watch Goodfellas and find out for yourself. Scorcese has delivered another masterpiece. Watch this golden piece of film making!

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TheeAvebury
Aug 16, 2015

One of the best gangster movies ever made- and one of Scorsese's best.

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Audrey1976
May 18, 2015

One of the best mob movies ever made. The ensemble cast is unbelievably talented. Throw in a great soundtrack and compelling story (based on a true story) and this movie is one of the best. There's a reason it won the Academy award and makes it on all of the top 100 of all time lists.

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garycornell
Dec 14, 2014

Director Martin Scorsese scores another masterpiece with Goodfellas. As with "Casino" this Scorsese film is based on a true story. The movie is powerful and full of violence. In fact, graphic violence to be truthful. The script is so good though, I think you should overlook it and watch the entire movie. Like the "Godfather" movie series, this gives you an inside look at the families of the mob. It is a fascinating look at how they try to live double lives. Scorsese uses both Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci as he did in "Casino". The two movies have much in common. Although"Casino"was great, "Goodfellas" is a masterpiece.

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iwasthewalrus
Sep 21, 2014

In lieu of all great Scorsese films, Goodfellas opens a striking chord that sends shivers down the audience’s spine. The film’s three paramount characters cruise along a desolate street in the emptiness of night. After hearing a pattern of tapping emerging from the vehicle’s trunk, they step out and pull out the trunk. Lying in the back, rests the body of a man on the verge of death. Blood stains his suit, and his face is barely that of a human. “He’s still alive, motherfucker, piece of shit!” calls one of the men, as he clutches a knife in one hand. He then bends over, and with one hand gruesomely plunges the knife into the man’s chest. Blood spills out from the wound, in a terrifying depiction of a murder. Everything freezes. A voice comes in from behind the camera, “As far back as I could remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”

Goodfellas oozes to the brink with style and subtle humor such as that. It’s Scorsese vibrant and energetic direction that brings not only this, but all of his films to deserve their classic status.

Scorsese crafts his style with dedicated regard to the soundtrack. A small detail to be noted is how perfectly the music in the background evolves with the setting in time. When the earlier scenes transpire in the 50s, such tunes as “Rags and Riches” by Tony Bennett shine through. But towards the end, during the 1970s, hard rock embodies the score. From such music as Cream to Derek and the Dominos (Scorsese must have a fascination with Eric Clapton), Goodfellas personifies the next period in time. But when casual love songs play over gruesome and violent scenes, Scorsese sense of humor in contrasting media comes into play once more.

Goodfellas is a very frank depiction of an era and a generation. It’s almost amusing how preoccupied the characters’ parents are. It seems the full extent of their worries surround their children’s marriage, and various relationships that are centred around people of the same ethnicity. When Henry was a teenager, contributing to the gang with various simplistic jobs, his mother had no conflict with who her son was spending time with. All of her concerns were alleviated by the knowledge that Henry was socializing with a group of Irish men; Ireland being her home-country. When Henry meets Karen (his future wife)’s mother, she is satisfied with Henry due to the knowledge that he is half Jewish. It’s very satirical in that she has no worries due to her confidence in Henry’s background, despite the fact that he is a gangster. Martin Scorsese is commenting on how the parents of that generation may have had the greatest of intentions, but failed in proper parental behaviour.

But Scorsese wasn’t manufacturing a Hollywood blockbuster with the sole intent of bringing thrills to audiences; he was crafting a film with a poignant thesis behind it. In explaining Goodfellas, the words “seconds of glory are overshadowed by years of dismay” are how I would best define it. This concept is found within the walls of Goodfellas as we the audience are manipulated into the protagonist, Henry Hill’s perspective. Towards the beginning of the film, when Henry is merely an adolescent, he sees life as a gangster as being the highest achievement. His belief carries on this way, until a transition occurs halfway through. The moment that in which this precise change occurs, is while the camera is focused on the ornaments surrounding a Christmas tree. This is the final time where life in the Mafia is depicted as illustrious and prestigious. From then on, Scorsese presents Henry’s life as being filled with turmoil. In the end of his life, what will he remember? The days of his naive youth where he lived his dream, or the lengthy days of punishment and suffering? Good times breeze by before one can catch them in their hand, where suffering lingers and never seems to cease. In the end, this is why Goodfellas will remain one of the most discussed films in the history of cinema.

mapmusic17 Apr 05, 2014

4 Stars. A classic up till the last third of the film.

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JihadiConservative
Jun 23, 2016

Other: Like I said, there is not frequent drug use unlikes WoWS but there are a few graphic scenes.

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JihadiConservative
Jun 23, 2016

Sexual Content: This is NO Wolf of Wall Street. However, there is implied oral sex and many sex references

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JihadiConservative
Jun 23, 2016

Violence: Some brutal graphic murders.

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JihadiConservative
Jun 23, 2016

Coarse Language: 300 uses of Fuck. Prick, cunt and cock are also used frequently.

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mysccl
Jul 19, 2012

Sexual Content: few scenes

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mysccl
Jul 19, 2012

Violence: killing and bloodshed

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mysccl
Jul 19, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: killing and violence

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mysccl
Jul 19, 2012

Coarse Language: lot of F-words

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corydee2
Dec 13, 2007

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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corydee2
Dec 13, 2007

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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mysccl
Jul 19, 2012

mysccl thinks this title is suitable for 25 years and over

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corydee2
Dec 13, 2007

corydee2 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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TheMotherland
Oct 07, 2014

AS far back I can remember, I always wanted to be a Gangster. 2 me being a Gangster was better than being President of the United states!

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mysccl
Jul 19, 2012

"violence never gives peace.
easy money never stays long"

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mysccl
Jul 19, 2012

an young boy was fascinated by the life style of gangsters, chooses to be one, lives up to the luxuries, spoiled in all ways, finally left with nothing.

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