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Goodfellas Analysis

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GoodFellas
Intro -
At the beginning of the 1970s, two men, by the names of Martin Scorcese and Robert De Niro, met and started an extremely successful and world renowned string of movie director/actor collaborations. Over the course of 22 years,spawning from 1973, with their first film Mean Streets, to 1995, with their most recent work Casino, the duo paired up for 8 movies, most of which are considered some of the greatest films of all time. The most notable, however, would have to be their 1990 movie Goodfellas, a classic film which was nominated for 6 oscars, winning one, and named the greatest film of all time by British film magazine Total Film, an organized crime movie which is one of my favorite movies. Describe the story -

Goodfellas is a mafia movie that follows closely the life of Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, an Irish/Italian American, and his two partners/friends, Jimmy Conway, played by Robert De Niro, and Tommy Devito, played by Joe Pesci, as they climb the ranks of organized crime, by performing hijackings, robberies and drug dealing. The film deals with the actual rise and fall of the Lucchese crime family over a period of time from 1955-1980. The film is based on Nicholas Pileggi's non-fiction book, Wiseguy, and most events that occur in the movie are real as well as the characters depicted in the movie, who are based on people who actually existed during this time. Central Character - Henry Hill

Henry Hill is the main character in the movie. He is played by actor Ray Liotta. At the beginning of the film Henry is depicted as a calm, respectful, charming and ambitious teenage boy. He also shows a rebellious side, when he says the quote "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster" Despite the fact that it disappoints his parents and the fact that he receives countless amount of beatings at the hands of his father, Henry skips school and starts working at a nearby cab stand, owned by one of the most feared Mafia...
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