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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About GoodFellas but Were Afraid to Ask

Posted by on Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 10:57 AM


Are you one of the many who consider Martin Scorsese's GoodFellas the greatest movie ever made? If so, proceed directly to GQ's oral history of the making of the film, which will make you fall in love all over again. It'll probably also require you to watch the movie again ASAP, which is what I did last night. Despite being horrifically violent and casting Robert De Niro as as Irishman, it will be amazing forever.

Eternal favorite quotes, both from Lorraine Bracco's Karen:

I know there are women, like my best friends, who would have gotten out of there the minute their boyfriend gave them a gun to hide. But I didn't. I got to admit the truth. It turned me on.

Please stop feeding the dog from the table from the plate on top of it!

Also, both Debi Mazar and Catherine Scorsese RULE. Read the GQ piece here.


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Fnarf 1
I watched about a half hour of it dubbed in Spanish the other night. Awesome.
Posted by Fnarf on September 23, 2010 at 11:02 AM · Report this
Noticed this news on the interwebs this morning:

Since Martin Scorsese's "Boardwalk Empire" HBO series was renewed after its first episode for another season, WB TV let it be known that they are looking at a series based on the "Goodfellas" property.

"Goodfellas" writer Nicholas Pileggi is said to be writing at least the series pilot, with Irwin Winkler is on board to produce. Whether Martin Scorsese is involved is unknown so far.
Posted by Peter F on September 23, 2010 at 11:08 AM · Report this
biffp 3
Agree with Fnarf. I can start watching it from any point in the movie and/or in any language. It's a classic.
Posted by biffp on September 23, 2010 at 11:21 AM · Report this
That's a fucking magnificent GQ piece - thank you SO MUCH!
Posted by gloomy gus on September 23, 2010 at 11:25 AM · Report this
Hmm. At 35 I still haven't watched Goodfellas - haven't been avoiding it, it just never makes it to the front of my watch list. Should I bump it forward?
Posted by Limey Rick on September 23, 2010 at 11:31 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 6
@ 4 - seconded. What a great article.

@ 5 - I say "yes."
Posted by Matt from Denver on September 23, 2010 at 11:33 AM · Report this
levide 7
So glad we finally got Donovan on the record.
Posted by levide on September 23, 2010 at 11:34 AM · Report this
DeNiro is half Irish. I love you, I'm just sayin.
Posted by Skip on September 23, 2010 at 11:35 AM · Report this
My father didn't want to see this movie, because when he had a small business in New Jersey, a couple of wiseguys tried to muscle him into hiding stolen goods there.

My father was, at one point, literally, a rocket scientist: but he and his partner played dumb so smart they wore the wiseguys out so that they left the business alone.

But it was a dreadful experience, may father knew who those people were and what they did and that his life could be in danger to cross them.

So Dad didn't want to see any movie that would glamorous those murderous bullies.

However, when it became apparent as the movie went on that the goodfellas created their own purgatory and their own hells for themselves -- this was no glamorization, my father was admiring of Scorcese's relentlessly realistic vision of that world.
Posted by judybrowni on September 23, 2010 at 12:18 PM · Report this
I'll never, ever forget the scene of the Mafia Wives having a makeup party. I love Goodfella, loveitloveitloveit.
Posted by Michael Wells on September 23, 2010 at 12:52 PM · Report this
T 11
"I like this one...One dog goes one way, the other dog goes the other way, and this guy's sayin', 'Whadda ya want from me?'"

Dammit, now I have to watch it tonight.
Posted by T on September 23, 2010 at 12:52 PM · Report this
I can't even count how many times I've seen "Goodfellas." It is probably my all-time favorite flick, and the music supervision still makes me swoon. Thanks for the heads up, Schmader. Super awesome.
Posted by kerri harrop on September 23, 2010 at 1:05 PM · Report this
Oh, and, Catherine Scorsese's cameo is brilliant.

"When we were kids,the compares used to visit each other. There was this man. He would never talk. He'd just sit there all night. They say to him, "What's the matter? Don't you say anything?"
He says, "What am I going to say, that my wife two-times me?"
So she says, "Shut up! You're always talking!"
But in ltalian, it sounds much nicer."
Posted by kerri harrop on September 23, 2010 at 1:11 PM · Report this
David Schmader 14
5: Yes, you should watch it ASAP, it's as good a movie as has ever been made. That said, it's got some fucking gruesome violence, and before I knew the movie well enough to know when to avert my eyes, watching it was exquisite torture. (The first couple minutes are so gruesome that for years I started the DVD on chapter 2, the beginning of young Henry's flashback.) But after reading about the credits in the GQ article, I had to see them again, and suffered through from the beginning. (Plus, by now I seriously know every frame of that movie, and know exactly when to look away.)

9: My dad is in the same boat as your dad. He lacks direct bad experiences with mob folk, but has lived a careful life of following the rules and behaving in a morally correct fashion, and can't stand glamorizing people who shit on that.
Posted by David Schmader on September 23, 2010 at 1:13 PM · Report this
They were thrown together in cheap, a lot of pantsuits and double knits.
Posted by SeMe on September 23, 2010 at 2:25 PM · Report this
Michael of the Green 16
The moment when Henry Hill is on the witness stand and stretches his finger out to indicate Paul Cicero... still sends chills up my spine.
Posted by Michael of the Green on September 23, 2010 at 2:27 PM · Report this
McGee 17
The sequence where the Hill home is being raided and it cuts to that split-second scene of Karen Hill hiding the gun in her panties, that's the hottest thing ever put to film ever.
Posted by McGee on September 23, 2010 at 3:58 PM · Report this

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