Opened: September 19, 1990
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Sivero, Frank Vincent, Tony Darrow, Mike Starr, Chuck Low, Frank DiLeo, Samuel L. Jackson, Catherine Scorsese, Debi Mazar, Michael Imperioli & Tony Sirico
Right alongside director Martin Scorsese’s later masterpiece The Departed, mob films don’t look any better than Goodfellas. This movie is as close to perfection as you can get.
Mob associate Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) falls into the crime business at a young age working for Paul Cicero (Paul Sorvino). He pairs off with James Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and lives an unstable life with his wife Karen (Lorraine Bracco).
Based on a true story, Hill’s life is tense. No one is ever safe and the third act of the film proves that. However, the film focuses on the importance of friendship and family even in tough times.
De Niro, Pesci and Bracco give outstanding performances especially with Bracco holding her own against the heavyweights.
Final say: Good is an understatement. ★★★★★