History Film / GoodFellas

28th Aug '16 9:43:25 AM JulianLapostat
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** ''Film/GoodFellas'' presents the Mafia as a dark parody of the American Dream. They believe that they are pursuing success, wealth, fame and influence by their own brand of criminal enterprise, when legitimate enterprise generally fails to reward hard work. The main reason why Henry Hill wants to be a gangsters is that to him, Paulie and the neighborhood tough guys were more ''real'' and open to them then the legitimate authority:

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** ''Film/GoodFellas'' presents the Mafia as a dark parody of the American Dream.Quotes/TheAmericanDream. They believe that they are pursuing success, wealth, fame and influence by their own brand of criminal enterprise, when legitimate enterprise generally fails to reward hard work. The main reason why Henry Hill wants to be a gangsters is that to him, Paulie and the neighborhood tough guys were more ''real'' and open to them then the legitimate authority:
6th Aug '16 10:28:06 PM Eagal
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* CrossesTheLineTwice: "Now go home and get your fucking shinebox!"
16th Jul '16 10:52:50 AM WillBGood
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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: The execution of the Air Fance and Lufthansa [[TheCaper huge heists]] is not explicitly shown. There's some planning and location shots, but most of the information is given via {{exposition}}.

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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: The execution of the Air Fance France and Lufthansa [[TheCaper huge heists]] is not explicitly shown. There's some planning and location shots, but most of the information is given via {{exposition}}.



* RagsToRiches: Henry and Tommy, former shoe shinner. The actual Tony Bennett song of the same name is the soundtrack during the initial narration.

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* RagsToRiches: Henry and Tommy, former shoe shinner.shiner. The actual Tony Bennett song of the same name is the soundtrack during the initial narration.
2nd Jul '16 9:10:24 PM HarryLovesHermione
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** While neither were above violence, both Jimmy and Henry preferred to steal and smuggling simply by bringing in truckers, officers, etc. on the take, since they had more than enough to afford it and it kept the heat off.

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** While neither were above violence, both Jimmy and Henry preferred to steal and smuggling smuggle simply by bringing in truckers, officers, etc. on the take, since they had more than enough to afford it and it kept the heat off.
2nd Jul '16 9:09:42 PM HarryLovesHermione
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** While neither were above violence, both Jimmy and Henry preferred to steal and smuggling simply by bringing in truckers, officers, etc. on the take, since they had more than enough to afford it and it kept the heat off.
2nd Jul '16 9:05:23 PM HarryLovesHermione
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** Jimmy overplaying his hand in friendliness towards Karen in the storefront and Henry in the diner spooks them enough to rat out everyone to save themselves.



* SomethingTheyWouldNeverSay: Henry knows he has to go on the lam when Jimmy asks Henry to go to Florida to do a hit, something Henry was never asked to lead before. Henry knows he wouldn't come back alive and turns himself into the feds for protection.



* TheSixties: The part of the movie where [[spoiler: Henry works his way into a comfortable position in the mob and times are good.]]

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* TheSixties: The part of the movie where [[spoiler: Henry works his way into a comfortable position in the mob and times are good.]]
3rd Jun '16 5:17:50 PM maxwellsilver
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* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Morrie]]. [[MotorMouth Unavoidable]]; "I thought he'd never shut the fuck up. What a pain in the ass."

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* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Morrie]]. [[MotorMouth Unavoidable]]; Unavoidable; "I thought he'd never shut the fuck up. What a pain in the ass."



* AMinorKidroduction: The film starts showing how Henry Hill enters the wiseguy's world during his childhood. After a few minutes it {{AgeCut}}s to [[TimeShiftedActor Ray Liotta]].

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* AMinorKidroduction: The film starts showing how Henry Hill enters the wiseguy's world during his childhood. After a few minutes it {{AgeCut}}s {{Age Cut}}s to [[TimeShiftedActor Ray Liotta]].



** Henry provices a straight example at the Copacabana, handing out $20 bills and being friendly with the service.

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** Henry provices provides a straight example at the Copacabana, handing out $20 bills and being friendly with the service.



* OneSteveLimit: Averted during the wedding scene. "Seems like all of them were named Peter or Paul, and they were all married to a Marie."

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* OneSteveLimit: Averted during PantsPositiveSafety: When the wedding scene. "Seems like all of them were named Peter or Paul, and they were all married to police are breaking down the door at Henry's house, we briefly see Lorraine Bracco's belly, as she hides a Marie."gun in her panties.



* PlanetOfSteves: During the wedding scene. "Seems like all of them were named Peter or Paul, and they were all married to a Marie."



* TrouserSpace: When the police are breaking down the door at Henry's house, we briefly see Lorraine Bracco's belly, as she hides a gun in her panties.
1st Jun '16 11:49:11 PM spoonofevil
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** Paulie's organization goes down because Henry disregards his explicit and learned command about ignoring drugs, and in turn Henry is caught because his incredibly dumb mule drops the ball by making a drug related call from inside Henry's house, after being repeatedly instructed against this. Scorsese discusssed that this series of mistakes is [[RealityIsUnrealistic seen as unlikely]] by a portion of viewers, [[LostAesop hurting the "crime does not pay" aesop]] of the story.

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** Paulie's organization goes down because Henry disregards his explicit and learned command about ignoring drugs, and in turn Henry is caught because his incredibly dumb mule drops the ball by making a drug related call from inside Henry's house, after being repeatedly instructed against this. In addition, Henry's drug supplier doesn't clean up after herself, so even though the cops don't find any drugs in Henry's house, they find plenty when they raid the supplier's apartment, giving them an airtight case against Henry. Scorsese discusssed that this series of mistakes is [[RealityIsUnrealistic seen as unlikely]] by a portion of viewers, [[LostAesop hurting the "crime does not pay" aesop]] of the story.
1st Jun '16 11:38:55 PM spoonofevil
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* HistoricalVillianUpgrade: The film doesn't portray this, but in real life, Henry Hill had actually attempted to leave the Mafia several times as he got [[EvenEvilHasStandards increasingly uncomfortable with their more unsavory practices]], only to get sucked back in when he was unable to break away from his criminal habits. In addition, he spent much of his time in the mob in mortal fear of his fellow gangsters, who could have murdered him at any time for the pettiest of reasons. Finally, in interviews, the real Hill has considered his criminal past as something of a curse, and does not consider it WorthIt like his film counterpart does.

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* HistoricalVillianUpgrade: HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The film doesn't portray this, but in real life, Henry Hill had actually attempted to leave the Mafia several times as he got [[EvenEvilHasStandards increasingly uncomfortable with their more unsavory practices]], only to get sucked back in when he was unable to break away from his criminal habits. In addition, he spent much of his time in the mob in mortal fear of his fellow gangsters, who could have murdered him at any time for the pettiest of reasons. Finally, in interviews, the real Hill has considered his criminal past as something of a curse, and does not consider it WorthIt like his film counterpart does.
1st Jun '16 11:37:34 PM spoonofevil
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* HistoricalVillianUpgrade: The film doesn't portray this, but in real life, Henry Hill had actually attempted to leave the Mafia several times as he got [[EvenEvilHasStandards increasingly uncomfortable with their more unsavory practices]], only to get sucked back in when he was unable to break away from his criminal habits. In addition, he spent much of his time in the mob in mortal fear of his fellow gangsters, who could have murdered him at any time for the pettiest of reasons. Finally, in interviews, the real Hill has considered his criminal past as something of a curse, and does not consider it WorthIt like his film counterpart does.
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