GoodFellas

GoodFellas

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DVD - 2007 | Widescreen version.
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A young man grows up in the mob and works hard to advance himself through the ranks and enjoys the life of the rich and violent. Adapted from the book by Nicholas Pileggi.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2007]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Copyright Date: ©1990
Branch Call Number: GOODF
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (146 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, stereo, 5.1 surround, Dolby digital, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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bhg0010
Apr 28, 2018

"Funny, like I'm a clown? I amuse you?"

The film has such a deep influence on modern pop culture that question comes up of what to think of the original story with all of its twists and turns. Fortunately, Martin Scorsese's phenomenal picture holds up quite well even after years and years. It's ultimately a complicated piece about the conflicting nature of ambition and loyalty that shows the gangster life warts-and-all, the glories from celebrating a great score interspersed with the paranoia and pointless anger. Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta, and Robert De Niro all do fantastic jobs in their performances. Some movies regarded as 'classic cinema' don't age well at all, but this film merits watching again and again. The special features that take a long, detailed look at how tricky adapting the real-life stories ended up being are fascinating as well.

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reginator_22
Jan 26, 2018

One of the best mob movies ever made!

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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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MontMoroc
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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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

Coarse Language: lot of F-words

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mysccl
Jul 19, 2012

Violence: killing and bloodshed

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mysccl
Jul 19, 2012

Sexual Content: few scenes

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mysccl
Jul 19, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: killing and violence

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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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reginator_22
Jan 26, 2018

Henry Hill: [narrating] As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster.

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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

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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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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