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USA 146m, Color
Director: Martin Scorsese; Cast: Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino
Goodfellas is a fast paced and violent gangster film that is based on journalist Nicholas Pileggi’s book “Wiseguy” which follows the lives of three mobsters over three decades, beginning in 1955 and continuing through the 1980s. The often violently explicit images in Goodfellas are at times shockingly brutal, yet seem to be appropriate relative to the real-life accounts from which this semi-fictional film was adapted. Scorsese’s direction is superb, as are the performances of all three principal characters, which arguably is the reason why Goodfellas is one of the best, if not the most entertaining, mob movies ever made (Klaus Ming March 2010).