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GoodFellas Details

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Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi's best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life account of mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill. Set to a true-to-period rock soundtrack, the story details the rise and fall of Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian New York kid who grows up idolizing the "wise guys" in his impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood. He begins hanging around the mobsters, running errands and doing odd jobs until he gains the notice of local chieftain Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino), who takes him in as a surrogate son. As he reaches his teens, Hill (Ray Liotta) is inducted into the world of petty crime, where he distinguishes himself as a "stand-up guy" by choosing jail time over ratting on his accomplices. From that moment on, he is a part of the family. Along with his psychotic partner Tommy (Joe Pesci), he rises through the ranks to become Paulie's lieutenant; however, he quickly learns that, like his mentor Jimmy (Robert DeNiro), his ethnicity prevents him from ever becoming a "made guy," an actual member of the crime family. Soon he finds himself the target of both the feds and the mobsters, who feel that he has become a threat to their security with his reckless dealings. Goodfellas was rewarded with six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture; Pesci would walk away with Best Supporting Actor for his work. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

  • Release date:September 12, 1990

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Nicholas Pileggi Best Screenplay 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholas Pileggi Best Adapted Screenplay 1990 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Nicholas Pileggi Best Adapted Screenplay 1991 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Richard Bruno Best Costume Design 1990 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Irwin Winkler Best Picture 1990 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Joe Pesci Best Supporting Actor 1989 Winner
National Board of Review Joe Pesci Best Supporting Actor 1990 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joe Pesci Best Supporting Actor 1990 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Joe Pesci Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1990 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Martin Scorsese Best Director 1989 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Martin Scorsese Best Director 1989 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Martin Scorsese Best Director 1990 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Martin Scorsese Best Picture 1990 Winner
Venice International Film Festival Martin Scorsese Silver Lion for Best Director 1990 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Martin Scorsese Best Director 1990 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Martin Scorsese Best Director 1990 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Martin Scorsese Best Screenplay 1990 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Martin Scorsese Best Director 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Martin Scorsese Best Director 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Martin Scorsese Best Adapted Screenplay 1990 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Michael Ballhaus Best Cinematography 1989 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Robert De Niro Best Actor 1990 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Lorraine Bracco Best Supporting Actress 1989 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Lorraine Bracco Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lorraine Bracco Best Supporting Actress 1990 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Thelma Schoonmaker Editing Award 1990 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Thelma Schoonmaker Best Editing 1990 Nominee

Cast

Robert De Niro
as James Conway
Ray Liotta
as Henry Hill
Joe Pesci
as Tommy DeVito
Lorraine Bracco
as Karen Hill
Paul Sorvino
as Paul Cicero
Frank Sivero
as Frankie Carbone
Tony Darrow
as Sonny Bunz
Mike Starr
as Frenchy
Frank Vincent
as Billy Batts
Frank di Leo
as Tuddy Cicero
Christopher Serrone
as Young Henry
Henny Youngman
as Himself
Jerry Vale
as Himself
Mark Jacobs
as Bruce
John Williams
as Johnny Roastbeef
Stella Kietel
as Henry's Older Child, Judy
Janis Corsair
as Vito's Girl Friend
Paula Young
Elaine Kagan
as Henry's Mother
Welker White
as Lois Byrd
Gina Mastrogiacomo
as Janice Rossi
Vincent Gallo
Ellen Lewis
Johnny "Cha-Cha" Ciarcia
as Batt's Crew No. 1
Margaret Smith
as School Guard
Russell Halley
Max Raven
as Vito
Lo Nardo
as Frenchy's Wife
John di Benedetto
as Bleeding Man
Frank Aquilino
as Batt's Crew No. 2
Dino Laudicina
as Henry's Greeter
Gina Mattia
as Young Henry's Sister
Katherine Wallach
as Diane
Richard Dioguardi
as City Detective
Andrew Scudiero
as Mr. Tony's Hood
Susan Varon
as Susan
Luke Walter
as Truck Driver
Julie Garfield
as Mickey Conway
Richard Mullally
as Cop No. 1
Paul McIsaac
as Judge, 1956
Edward Hayes
as Defense Attorney
Lawrence Sacco
Nadine Kay
as Janice's Girl Friend
Lisa DaPolito
as Lisa
Irving Welzer
as Copa Announcer
Fran McGee
as Johnny Roastbeef's Wife
Richard "Bo" Dietl
as Arresting Narc
Larry Silvestri
as Detective Silvestri
Anthony Powers
as Jimmy Two Times
Jesse Kirtzman
as Beach Club Waiter
Michael Calandrino
as Godfather at Table
Ed Deacy
as Detective Deacy
Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
as Doctor
Margo Winkler
as Belle Kessler
James Quattrochi
Charles Low
as Morris Kessler
Thomas Hewson
as Drug Buyer
Nancy Ellen Cassaro
as Joe Buddha's Wife
Clem Caserta
as Joe Buddha
Edward D. Murphy
Anthony Alessandro
Mike Contessa
Victor Colicchio
as Henry's 60s Crew
Anthony Polemeni
as Copa Captain
Ronald Maccone
as Ronnie
Elizabeth Whitcraft
as Tommy's Girl Friend at Copa
Gaetano LoGiudice
Frank Albanese
as Mob Lawyer
John Manca
as Nickey Eyes
Beau Starr
as Henry's Father
Samuel L. Jackson
as Stacks Edwards
Tony Lip
as Frankie the Wop
Paul Herman
as Dealer
Michael Imperioli
as Spider
Debi Mazar
as Sandy
Marianne Leone
as Tuddy's Wife
Kevin Corrigan
as Michael Hill
Illeana Douglas
as Rosie
Vito Antuofermo
as Prizefighter
Tobin Bell
as Parole Officer
Nicole Burdette
as Carbone's Girl Friend
Suzanne Shepherd
as Karen's Mother
Tony Sirico
as Tony Stacks
Catherine Scorsese
as Tommy's Mother
Vincent Pastore
as Man with Coatrack
Peter Onorati
as Florida Bookie
Jamie de Roy
as Bookie's Sister
Charles Scorsese
as Vinnie
Robbie Vinton
as Bobby Vinton
Frank Adonis
as Anthony Stabile
Melissa Prophet
as Angie
Paul Mougey
as Terrorized Waiter
Peter Fain
Manny Alfaro
as Gambling Doorman
Philip Suriano
as Cicero's 60s Crew
Gene Canfield
as Prison Guard in Booth
Angela Pietropinto
as Cicero's Wife
Garry Blackwood
as Henry's 70s Crew
Marie Michaels
as Mrs. Carbone
Peter Hock
as Mailman
Alyson Jones
as Judy Hill, Age 13
Lou Eppolito
as Fat Andy
Joanna Bennett
as Marie No. 1
Adam Wandt
as Kid
Joseph Bono
as Mikey Franzese
Vito Picone
as Vito
Vito Balsamo
Steve Forleo
Tony Conforti
as Tony
Paula Gallo
Spencer Bradley
as Bruce's Brother
Joel Calendrillo
as Young Henry's Older Brother
Berlinda Tolbert
as Stacks' Girl Friend
Margaux Guerard
as Judy Hill, Age 10
Norman Barbera
as Bouncer
Ruby Gaynor
as Ruth Hill, Age 11
Michael Citriniti
as Liquor Cop
Gaetano Lisi
as Paul No. 3
Frank Pellegrino
as Johnny Dio
Joel Blake
as Judge, 1971
Gayle Lewis
as Marie No. 2
Joseph D'Onofrio
as Young Tommy

Crew

Martin Scorsese
Director
Irwin Winkler
Producer
Barbara de Fina
Producer
Nicholas Pileggi
Book Author
Nicholas Pileggi
Screenwriter
Martin Scorsese
Screenwriter
Michael Ballhaus
Cinematographer
Sammy Cahn
Featured Music
Steve Allen
Featured Music
Hoagy Carmichael
Featured Music
Burt Bacharach
Featured Music
Harry Nilsson
Featured Music
Jimmy Van Heusen
Featured Music
McKinley Morganfield
Featured Music
Mitchell Parish
Featured Music
The Rolling Stones
Featured Music
Arthur Altman
Featured Music
Norman Gimbel
Featured Music
Pete Townshend
Featured Music
Phil Spector
Featured Music
Harvey Fuqua
Featured Music
Jack Bruce
Featured Music
Jeff Barry
Featured Music
Barry Mann
Featured Music
Alex North
Featured Music
Eric Clapton
Featured Music
Harry Warren
Featured Music
Gus Kahn
Featured Music
Charles Trenet
Featured Music
Cynthia Weil
Featured Music
Donovan Leitch
Featured Music
Douglas Furber
Featured Music
Ernie Erdman
Featured Music
Al Stillman
Featured Music
Thelma Schoonmaker
Editor
Bruce S. Pustin
Production Designer
Kristi Zea
Production Designer
Maher Ahmad
Art Director
Bruce S. Pustin
Associate Producer
Susan O'Donnell
Costume Designer
Richard Bruno
Costume Designer
John Manca
Consultant/advisor
Michael Russo
Stunts
Sylvia Fay
Casting
Carl Fullerton
Makeup
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