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146 min
Biography | Crime | Drama
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Martin Scorsese
Won Oscar. Another 42 wins & 24 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1990-09-21
Filming Locations: 2409 Thirty Second Street, Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Budget: $25,000,000
Opening Weekend: $6,368,901 (USA) (21 September 1990)
Gross: $46,836,394 (USA)£1,994,136 (UK)
Gina Mastrogiacomo
Gina Mastrogiacomo
Katherine Wallach
Katherine Wallach
Robert De Niro
James Conway
Ray Liotta
Henry Hill
Joe Pesci
Tommy DeVito
Lorraine Bracco
Karen Hill
Paul Sorvino
Paul Cicero
Frank Sivero
Frankie Carbone
Tony Darrow
Sonny Bunz
Mike Starr
Frank Vincent
Billy Batts
Chuck Low
Morris Kessler
Frank DiLeo
Tuddy Cicero
Henny Youngman
Catherine Scorsese
Tommy's Mother
Charles Scorsese
Suzanne Shepherd
Karen's Mother
Debi Mazar
Margo Winkler
Belle Kessler
Welker White
Lois Byrd
Jerry Vale
Julie Garfield
Mickey Conway
Christopher Serrone
Young Henry
Elaine Kagan
Henry's Mother
Beau Starr
Henry's Father
Kevin Corrigan
Michael Hill
Michael Imperioli
Robbie Vinton
Bobby Vinton
Johnny Williams
Johnny Roastbeef
Daniel P. Conte
Dr. Dan
Tony Conforti
Frank Pellegrino
Johnny Dio
Ronald Maccone
Tony Sirico
Tony Stacks
Joe D'Onofrio
Young Tommy
Steve Forleo
City Detective #1
Richard Dioguardi
City Detective #2
Frank Adonis
Anthony Stabile
John Manca
Nickey Eyes
Joseph Bono
Mikey Franzese
Mark Evan Jacobs
Angela Pietropinto
Cicero's Wife
Marianne Leone
Tuddy's Wife
Marie Michaels
Mrs. Carbone
Frenchy's Wife (as Lo Nardo)
Illeana Douglas
Susan Varon
Clem Caserta
Joe Buddha
Samuel L. Jackson
Stacks Edwards
Fran McGee
Johnny Roastbeef's Wife
Paul Herman
Edward McDonald
Edward Hayes
Defense Attorney
Daniela Barbosa
Young Henry's Sister #1
Gina Mattia
Young Henry's Sister #2
Joel Calendrillo
Young Henry's Older Brother
Anthony Valentin
Young Michael
Edward D. Murphy
Liquor Cop #1
Michael Citriniti
Liquor Cop #2
Peter Hock
Erasmus C. Alfano
Barbeque Wiseguy
John Di Benedetto
Bleeding Man (as John DiBenedetto)
Manny Alfaro
Gambling Doorman
Thomas Lowry
Hijacked Driver
Margaret Smith
School Guard
Richard Mullally
Cop #1
Frank Albanese
Mob Lawyer
Paul McIsaac
Judge - 1956
Bob Golub
Truck Driver at Diner
Louis Eppolito
Fat Andy
Tony Lip
Frankie The Wop
Mikey Black
Freddy No Nose
Peter Cicale
Pete The Killer
Anthony Powers
Jimmy Two Times
Vincent Pastore
Man with Coatrack (as Vinny Pastore)
Victor Colicchio
Henry's 60's crew
Mike Contessa
Cicero's 60's crew
Philip Suriano
Cicero's 60's crew
Paul Mougey
Terrorized Waiter
Norman Barbera
Anthony Polemeni
Copa Captain
James Quattrochi
Henry Greeter #1
Lawrence Sacco
Henry Greeter #2
Dino Laudicina
Henry Greeter #3
Thomas E. Camuti
Mr. Tony Hood #1
Andrew Scudiero
Mr. Tony Hood #2
Irving Welzer
Copa Announcer
Jesse Kirtzman
Beach Club Waiter
Russell Halley
Bruce's Brother #1
Spencer Bradley
Bruce's Brother #2
Bob Altman
Karen's Dad
Joanna Bennett
Marie #1
Gayle Lewis
Marie #2
Gaetano Lisi
Paul #3
Luke Walter
Truck Driver
Ed Deacy
Detective Deacy
Larry Silvestri
Detective Silvestri
John 'Cha Cha' Ciarcia
Batts' Crew #1 (as Johnny Cha Cha Ciarcia)
Vito Picone
Janis Corsair
Vito's Girlfriend
Frank Aquilino
Batts' Crew #2
Lisa Dapolito
Michael Calandrino
Godfather at Table
Vito Antuofermo
Vito Balsamo
Henry's 70's Crew
Peter Fain
Henry's 70's Crew
Vincent Gallo
Henry's 70's Crew (as Vinnie Gallo)
Gaetano LoGiudice
Henry's 70's Crew
Garry Pastore
Henry's 70's Crew (as Garry Blackwood)
Nicole Burdette
Carbone's Girlfriend
Stella Keitel
Henry's Older Child - Judy (as Stella Kietel)
Dominique DeVito
Henry's Baby - Ruth (as Dominque DeVito)
Michaelangelo Graziano
Bar Patron
Paula Kcira
Janice's Girlfriend #1 (as Paula Gallo)
Nadine Kay
Janice's Girlfriend #2
Tony Ellis
Bridal Shop Owner
Peter Onorati
Florida Bookie
Jamie De Roy
Bookie's Sister (as Jamie DeRoy)
Joel Blake
Judge - 1971
H. Clay Dear
Security Guard with Lobsters
Thomas Hewson
Drug Buyer
Gene Canfield
Prison Guard in Booth
Margaux Guerard
Judy Hill @ 10 Years
Violet Gaynor
Ruth Hill @ 8 Years
Tobin Bell
Parole Officer
Berlinda Tolbert
Stacks' Girlfriend
Adam Wandt
Joe Gioco
Garbage Man (as Joseph P. Gioco)
Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Alyson Jones
Judy Hill @ 13 Years
Ruby Gaynor
Ruth Hill @ 11 Years
Bo Dietl
Arresting Narc (as Richard 'Bo' Dietl)
Steve Baker
Waiter (uncredited)
Linda Carola
Gangster's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Anthony Caso
Truck Hijacker (uncredited)
Frank Cassini
Young Wiseguy (uncredited)
George G. Colucci
Contruction Worker (uncredited)
Matthew T. Gitkin
Warehouse Worker (uncredited)
Richard Goteri
Cicero's '60s Crew (uncredited)
Debbee Hinchcliffe
Jimmy's Date (uncredited)
Al Jolson
Himself (archive footage: on TV) (uncredited)
Diane Kimbrell
Commuter (uncredited)
Anibal O. Lleras
Fellas Chauffer (uncredited)
Charles Pendelton
Resturante Mob Onlooker (uncredited)
Jeffrey Rollins
Courtroom Defendant (uncredited)
Barry Squitieri
Wiseguy (uncredited)
Drew Stanley
Wedding Photographer (uncredited)
Frank Stellato
1956 Court Stenographer (uncredited)
Billy L. Sullivan
Jimmy's Son (uncredited)
Nick Vallelonga
Prison Inmate Sitting Behind Henry (uncredited)
Did you know?
Martin Scorsese reportedly didn't want Ray Liotta to have contact with the real Henry Hill before filming because he had never directed Liotta before and didn't want Hill to influence Liotta.
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The American Mutoscope & Biograph Company's groundbreaking gangster film short The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912) influenced director Martin Scorsese's gangster films Goodfellas (1990) and Gangs of New York (2002). Scorcese chose it for his 2005 tribute at Beaubourg (1977) in Paris, France. Biograph, the oldest movie company in America, is still in business.
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Robert De Niro was offered either the role of Jimmy 'The Gent' Conway or Tommy DeVito. He chose the former.
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In the legendary steadicam scene, Henry and Karen's route doubles back on itself in the kitchen. As they turn left to enter the kitchen, a fire hose is behind a waiter in front of them; Thirty seconds later, they emerge from the same door with the fire hose on their left. Henry doesn't take them through the kitchen at all, they just walk around inside it. They could have passed the kitchen door and turned right into the nightclub.
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When Karen visits Henry in prison and she has to sign the register, she scans the entries in the book. With the camera looking at the register from Karen's point of view, Karen spots Henry's name, then her eyes look to the right to see who had visited him. The camera pans to the left, not the right.
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When the police car pulls up while Jimmy is handing out cartons of cigarettes from the truck heist, the same two-tone brown 1957 Buick two-door sedan drives by several times, in the same direction, in the background.
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Jimmy Conway: [Tommy has shot Spider] I'm fucking kidding with you; you fucking shoot the guy?
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Henry Hill: Jimmy was the kind of guy that rooted for bad guys in the movies.
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Henry Hill: [narrating] When they found Carbone in the meat truck, he was frozen so stiff it took them three days to thaw him out for the autopsy.
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Are the title cards right before the credits (explaining Henry, Paul, and Jimmy's fates) accurate?
Yes they are, except for two updates: (1) Jimmy (whose original surname was Burke) died while being treated for lung cancer at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, on April 13, 1996; Burke had been transferred there for treatment from Wende Correctional Facility east of Buffalo, and (2) Henry Hill died in Los Angeles on June 12, 2012, aged 69.
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Goodfellas can be found here.
How does this film compare to the other films based on the same story?
Both 'The Big Heist' and 'The $10 Million Dollar Getaway' cover much the same ground and feature the same characters but are more down-to-earth and tend to concentrate on the Lufthansa robbery and its aftermath. In some ways they are more true to life; for instance 'The Big Heist' depicts Tommy's physical appearance much more accurately than Goodfellas does. Fundamentally it depends on how much Henry Hill's recollections are to be trusted.
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Photos from cast
Anthony Alessandro Nancy Cassaro Gina Mastrogiacomo Melissa Prophet Katherine Wallach Elizabeth Whitcraft