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GoodFellas (no 24)

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(USA 1990 144m) DVD1/2

Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut

p  Irwin Winkler  d  Martin Scorsese  w  Martin Scorsese, Nicholas Pileggi  novel  “Wiseguy” by Nicholas Pileggi  ph  Michael Ballhaus  ed  Thelma Schoonmaker  art  Maher Ahmad, Kristi Zea  cos  Susan O’Donnell, Thomas Lea Keller

Ray Liotta (Henry Hill), Robert DeNiro (James Conway), Joe Pesci (Tommy de Vito), Lorraine Bracco (Karen Hill), Paul Sorvino (“Pauly” Cicero), Frank Sivero (Frankie Carbone), Tony Darrow (Sonny Bunz), Mike Starr (Frenchy), Frank Vincent (Billy Bats), Chuck Low (Morris Kessler), Catherine Scorsese (Mrs de Vito), Samuel L.Jackson,

When one recalls how the Hays Code effectively ended the first glorious period of gangster films by insisting on moral codas, it was some time before we saw them portrayed as they really are (courtesy of Coppola, Leone and, in his Mean Streets, Scorsese himself).  However, if one was to choose one film as the direct modern equivalent of Cagney’s The Public Enemy, say, then it would be this, whose central character is in love with the idea of being a gangster.  As the protagonist says “as far back as I could remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.  To me, being a gangster was better than being president of the United States.”  It is simply one of the great crime films, not afraid to cheer along its frankly evil protagonists.  Scorsese even effectively reworked it as Casino, like Hawks with his westerns. (more…)

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