History Film / Goodfellas

10th Jan '18 1:35:40 PM kquinn0830
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* DoWrongRight: Young Henry is praised by Jimmy after getting pinched because he handled it the right way. Namely, keeping his mouth shut and not ratting.
23rd Nov '17 10:34:08 AM VisitorAlex
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** The film is also a stark contrast to previous gangster films like ''Film/TheGodfather'', which portray gangsters in a highly romanticized light as Robin Hood figures fighting for the common man or as large organizations that run on honor and respect. ''[=GoodFellas=]'' portrays gangsters as what they really are, a group of psychopathic thugs who rule through fear and intimidation, and won't hesitate to kill each other over the pettiest of reasons.

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** The film is also a stark contrast to previous gangster films like ''Film/TheGodfather'', which portray gangsters mobsters in a highly romanticized light as Robin Hood figures fighting for the common man or as large organizations that run on honor and respect. Conversely, ''[=GoodFellas=]'' portrays gangsters mobsters as what they really are, a group of psychopathic thugs massive {{Hate Sink}}s who rule through fear and intimidation, and won't hesitate to kill each other over the pettiest of reasons.



* HateSink: An infamous example, as this film was well-known for portraying mobsters as massive {{Hate Sink}}s. The movie actually manages to portray the monstrosity of most of the mobsters, especially Tommy and Jimmy.



* HeroAntagonist: The police and the law, literally.

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* HeroAntagonist: The police and the law, literally.law.
13th Nov '17 10:31:11 AM skotavatar
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* AdaptationalUgliness: The real Tommy was 6"2", had long hair and a moustache, was built like a boxer and was described as very good looking. In the film, he is played by Joe Pesci.

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* AdaptationalUgliness: The real Tommy was 6"2", 6'2", had long hair and a moustache, was built like a boxer and was described as very good looking. In the film, he is played by Joe Pesci.
10th Nov '17 9:50:29 PM WillBGood
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* GuildedCage: Wiseguys live a privileged existence even in prison, using their money and influence to get themselves housed separately from other prisoners and having more or less free run of the place without interference from the guards. They even continue to eat gourmet food while inside, maintaining an extravagantly luxurious pantry packed with steaks, lobsters, and the like.

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* GuildedCage: GildedCage: Wiseguys live a privileged existence even in prison, using their money and influence to get themselves housed separately from other prisoners and having more or less free run of the place without interference from the guards. They even continue to eat gourmet food while inside, maintaining an extravagantly luxurious pantry packed with steaks, lobsters, and the like.
27th Oct '17 11:48:30 AM DustSnitch
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* EiffelTowerEffect: Averted. Despite being almost entirely set in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, there are no sightings of the UsefulNotes/StatueOfLiberty and the Empire State Building. Most of the action is set in Brooklyn and the remoteness and closed nature of their community is part of the general theme of the story. Indeed, Billy Batts is referred to by Paul Cicero as "the man from Downtown".

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* EiffelTowerEffect: Averted. Despite being almost entirely set in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, there are no sightings of the UsefulNotes/StatueOfLiberty Art/StatueOfLiberty and the Empire State Building. Most of the action is set in Brooklyn and the remoteness and closed nature of their community is part of the general theme of the story. Indeed, Billy Batts is referred to by Paul Cicero as "the man from Downtown".
22nd Oct '17 1:32:40 AM bombadil211
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* GuildedCage: Wiseguys live a privileged existence even in prison, using their money and influence to get themselves housed separately from other prisoners and having more or less free run of the place without interference from the guards. They even continue to eat gourmet food while inside, maintaining an extravagantly luxurious pantry packed with steaks, lobsters, and the like.
19th Oct '17 2:37:07 PM VisitorAlex
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** Jimmy Conway was based on James Burke, while Tommy [=DeVito=] was based on Thomas [=DeSimone=]. The disturbing part comes when you realize that these people were even '''more''' AxCrazy than their film counterparts.

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** Jimmy Conway was based on James Burke, while Tommy [=DeVito=] was based on Thomas [=DeSimone=]. The disturbing part comes when you realize that these people people, Burke and [=DeSimone=], were even '''more''' AxCrazy than their film counterparts.
19th Oct '17 2:35:26 PM VisitorAlex
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* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: All the gangsters were based on RealLife gangsters:
** Henry Hill was based on the gangster of the same name.
** Paul Cicero was based on Paul Vario.
** Jimmy Conway was based on James Burke, while Tommy [=DeVito=] was based on Thomas [=DeSimone=]. The disturbing part comes when you realize that these people were even '''more''' AxCrazy than their film counterparts.
18th Oct '17 1:21:10 AM VisitorAlex
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* AntiVillain:
** Henry is more sympathetic than Tommy and Jimmy and provides ALighterShadeOfBlack. His moral fiber is not that flexible when compared to the rest of his partners. It's established early on, during his teenage years, when he [[PetTheDog helps to bandage the arm of a man who had been shot]] and is berated for wasting good aprons.
** Paul Cicero has his standards, as well.



* AssholeVictim: Henry narrates that murder is just commonplace among mobsters and that some conditions should be met before a guy is considered expendable. The death of generic mobsters is not a big deal. [[spoiler: Tommy]] and Billy Batts qualify from an out-universe point of view. In-universe, not so much.
* AxCrazy:
** Tommy, which was basically TruthInTelevision.
** Jimmy, as well, in a more downplayed or by-proxy way.
* BadassInANiceSuit: The three main characters; Henry, Jimmy and Tommy. A semi-expository scene has Henry suiting up, which is warily received by his mother: "You look like a gangster!"

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* AssholeVictim: Henry narrates that murder is just commonplace among mobsters and that some conditions should be met before a guy is considered expendable. The death of generic mobsters is not a big deal. [[spoiler: Tommy]] and Billy Batts qualify from an out-universe point of view. In-universe, not so much.
* AxCrazy:
** Tommy, which was basically TruthInTelevision.
** Jimmy, as well, in a more downplayed or by-proxy way.
* BadassInANiceSuit: The three main characters; Henry, Jimmy and Tommy.characters. A semi-expository scene has Henry suiting up, which is warily received by his mother: "You look like a gangster!"
18th Oct '17 1:19:02 AM VisitorAlex
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* BigBadDuumvirate[=/=]{{Big Bad Friend}}s: [[ProperlyParanoid Jimmy]] and [[HairTriggerTemper Tommy]] are personally responsible for much of the conflict here.
* BiggerBad: Paul Cicero. The Lucchese Family in the original book.

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* BigBadDuumvirate[=/=]{{Big Bad Friend}}s: [[ProperlyParanoid Jimmy]] BigBadDuumvirate: [[EvilGenius Jimmy Conway]] and [[HairTriggerTemper Tommy]] [[AxCrazy Tommy De Vito]] are both personally responsible for much of the conflict here.
* BiggerBad: Paul Cicero. The Lucchese Family in the original book.
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* TheDon: Paul Cicero is the top-ranking mafioso of the movie, so powerful that he's a Don in all but name, with hundreds of people depending on him. Despite the perspective and scope, technically he's just a captain for the Lucchese family.

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* TheDon: Paul Cicero is the top-ranking mafioso of the movie, so powerful that he's a Don in all but name, with hundreds of people depending on him. Despite the perspective and scope, technically he's just a captain the capo for the Lucchese family.


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* GreaterScopeVillain: Paul Cicero. The Lucchese Family in the original book.
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