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Happy 20th Anniversary: Goodfellas (1990)!!

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*Happy 20th Anniversary: Goodfellas (1990)!!*




_Goodfellas_ (also styled GoodFellas) is a 1990 American semi-fictional crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film with Scorsese. The film follows the rise and fall of three gangsters, spanning three decades.












Goodfellas was nominated for six Academy Awards including Joe Pesci for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Lorraine Bracco for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Picture (however famously lost to Dances With Wolves), Scorsese for Best Director, Thelma Schoonmaker for Best Film Editing, and Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi for Best Adapted Screenplay.




When Joe Pesci won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (the only Academy Award the film won), his entire speech was "This is an honor and a privilege, thank you".It is one of the shortest Oscar-acceptance speech, after William Holden's, who simply said, "Thank you", upon winning for Stalag 17, and Alfred Hitchcock's ("Thank you" and other unintelligible words) when he received an Honorary Oscar. Later, Pesci admitted that he did not say more, because "I really didn't think I was going to win".



Goodfellas was nominated for five Golden Globes including Best Director, Best Motion Pictures, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Screenplay. It failed to win any of these awards. Scorsese's film won five awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.



The New York Film Critics Circle voted Goodfellas the Best Film of 1990, Robert De Niro was named Best Actor for his performance in the film and in Awakenings, and Scorsese was voted Best Director.



The Los Angeles Film Critics Association also voted Scorsese as Best Director, GoodFellas as Best Film, awards for Pesci and Bracco as Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively, and Best Cinematography to Michael Ballhaus for his work on the film.



The National Board of Review voted Pesci as Best Supporting Actor.




The National Society of Film Critics voted Goodfellas Best Film of 1990 and Scorsese as Best Director.



American Film magazine declared Goodfellas the best film of 1990 according to a poll of 80 movie critics.



*Goodfellas [20th Anniversary Edition] ? Blu-ray Disc Review*

February 6, 2010 ? 12:41 AM --- by: Justin Sluss



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"GoodFellas" is one of the finest crime/gangster films ever put on the screen. There have been many terrific ones starting in the silent era, but this one is near the head of the class if not at the head. Everything works in this violent and unpredictable story of the rise and fall of a hood. Scorsese's direction is right up there with Coppala and Hawks and Walsh and anyone else that ever yelled "Action" to a bunch of gangsters. De Niro, Liotta, Bracco are terrific in their roles of a lifetime, But Joe Pesci steals this picture. His "Tommy" is one of the finest pieces of acting you will ever see. He is scarier then any other movie villain or monster that ever appeared . The rest of the supporting players are outstanding especially Paul Sorvino. Everything works with this film from the cars to the costumes to the music, it's right on target. As you can tell I love this film....

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Fred, I'm afraid I don't share your enthusiasm for GOODFELLAS. I think it's a pretty good film, a solid three stars out of four, but nothing particularly excites me. I get a little tired of Joe Pesci by the end of the film.

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*Spike TV celebrating `Goodfellas' anniversary*



PR Newswire (press release)

June 1, 2010




*NEW YORK ? Spike TV is bringing together Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the mob classic "Goodfellas."*



The two stars will be at Spike's fourth annual "Guy's Choice" awards, to be televised June 20.



Event producer Casey Patterson says "Goodfellas" is considered a touchstone for Spike's target audience of 18- to 34-year-old men. Spike is still working on getting cast member Joe Pesci to attend.



Filmmaker Martin Scorcese (skor-SEH'-zee) will be in Europe and won't be at the show's taping in Culver City, Calif., on Saturday.



Patterson calls the film "a classic story, shot in a way that makes it really, really sexy."

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I don't share the opinion of most in this thread. The film is alright for what it is, but I feel like Scorcese has made better films that this one. I've only watched it once and never had any desire to watch again. But it is the highlight of Ray Liotta's career and Pesci, while winning the Oscar, hasn't done much since then. I don't know exactly why he's dropped out of sight like he has.

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*" Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a gangster."*


One of the greatest opening lines ever, one of the greatest gangster films ever. I consider it to be one of Scorsese's finest moments.

And the music! One example: playing the instrumental part of Eric Clapton's Layla as body after body is discovered, following Robert de Niro's semi-bungled heist.

...or playing Donovon's Atlantis as Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro beat some unfortunate enemy gangster to a pulp. I can never hear that song quite the same way again.

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Helenbaby, you're not alone. While I like GoodFellas well enough and would happily give it, say, three stars out of four, I've never understood the great enthusiasm some people have for it. I'm glad Ray Liotta had his moment. Pesci's a one-trick pony who wears out his welcome by the end of the film. Actually, I prefer Jonathan Demme's Married to the Mob to GoodFellas.

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> {quote:title=CelluloidKid wrote:}{quote}

> Filmmaker Martin Scorcese (skor-SEH'-zee) will be in Europe and won't be at the show's taping in Culver City, Calif., on Saturday.



Thank god. The last thing Scorsese needs is to be associated with Spike TV.


I always thought it would be funny if someone advertised a Martin Scorsese film festival, making it appear as if you would see Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, and The Departed to rake in the macho "movies for guys who like movies" crowd...and then show nothing but Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, New York, New York, The King of Comedy, Last Temptation, The Age of Innocence, and Kundun. The reactions would be priceless!


Anyway, happy 20th Goodfellas!

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I saw it the week it opened and have seen it time and again. It is one of the two greatest "Gangster" films ever made.Everything works in this masterpiece from the actors to the screenplay to the great music to the top notch direction. Some of the best work those actors ever put on the screen. Congrats to all involved with this terrific piece of film making......


Edited by: fredbaetz on Jun 22, 2010 2:13 AM

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