Warner Bros released Goodfellas to theaters on September 21, 1990. Martin Scorsese directs the film which stars Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, and Joe Pesci.
Goodfellas Movie Summary
Goodfellas follows the auto-biographical story of Henry Hill, a young boy who grows up in a predominantly Italian-American neighborhood of Brooklyn. The film begins with the adult version of Hill recalling, “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” Hill, played by Ray Liotta, talks about how as a child he idolized the Lucchese crime family, and ultimately, how he quit school to go work for them. His childhood is spent running errands for wise guys around town, and causing general mayhem at the request of his adopted crime family members.
Eventually, his dedication is noticed and appreciated, and Henry begins to make a decent living for himself. Ultimately, Henry gets arrested while selling stolen merchandise, but he doesn’t give the police any information on where he got the merchandise. Expecting to get into trouble, Henry is surprised when one of his mentors, Jimmy “The Gent” Conway, praises him and tells him that he did great. Jimmy tells him he learned two important lessons, “Never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut.”
The film then jumps forward in time to an adult Henry working for the local mob capo, “Paulie” Cicero. Henry’s crew is made up of Jimmy and Tommy DeVito, a hot headed Italian who is quick to resort to violence, played to perfection by Joe Pesci. Jimmy, Tommy, and Henry work for Paulie primarily hijacking trucks. Jimmy’s crew is even responsible for the famous Air France Robbery that was committed in 1967.read full summary
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