History Film / Goodfellas

13th Mar '17 9:52:46 AM creader
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* ForTheEvulz: Jimmy is into crime not out of greed but for the mere thrill of it all. More explicit in the book

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* ForTheEvulz: Jimmy is into crime not out of greed but for the mere thrill of it all. More explicit in the bookbook.
13th Mar '17 9:52:12 AM creader
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* ForTheEvulz[=/=]PsychoForHire: Jimmy is into crime not out of greed but for the mere thrill of it all. More explicit in the book

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* RootingForTheEmpire: In-universe: "Jimmy was the kind of guy who rooted for the bad guys in the movies"

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* RootingForTheEmpire: In-universe: "Jimmy was the kind of guy who rooted for the bad guys in the movies"movies".
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* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: In a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheGreatTrainRobbery''

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* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: In a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheGreatTrainRobbery''''Film/TheGreatTrainRobbery''.



* VillainProtagonist: Henry Hill

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* VillainProtagonist: Henry HillHill.


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27th Feb '17 5:17:33 AM WillBGood
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** Played with after the heist. Jimmy is appalled by the SuspiciousSpending of his gang and realizes that idiocy runs rampart below him, so he begins to severe his links, for reassurance. But it's also made clear Jimmy is pretty paranoid and was likely to kill his subordinates anyway.

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** Played with after the heist. Jimmy is appalled by the SuspiciousSpending of his gang and realizes that idiocy runs rampart below him, so he begins to severe sever his links, for reassurance. But it's also made clear Jimmy is pretty paranoid and was likely to kill his subordinates anyway.
13th Feb '17 5:39:45 PM thatother1dude
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7th Jan '17 12:53:17 AM bt8257
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5th Dec '16 3:20:09 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}[=/=]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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* {{Badass}}[=/=]BadassInANiceSuit: 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!"
29th Nov '16 12:50:16 PM MrLavisherMoot
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''Goodfellas'' was followed by ''Film/{{Casino}}'', based on the book of the same name (also by Nicholas Pileggi), which also featured De Niro (who 'phagocytated' Liotta's role in becoming the centre of the movie's romantic subplot) and Pesci (still the same sort of vicious character- though with more sympathetic qualities, it should also be noted that both guys he played really existed).

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''Goodfellas'' ''[=GoodFellas=]'' was followed by ''Film/{{Casino}}'', based on the book of the same name (also by Nicholas Pileggi), which also featured De Niro (who 'phagocytated' Liotta's role in becoming the centre of the movie's romantic subplot) and Pesci (still the same sort of vicious character- though with more sympathetic qualities, it should also be noted that both guys he played really existed).



** ''Goodfellas'' presents the Mafia as a dark parody of 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:

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** ''Goodfellas'' ''[=GoodFellas=]'' presents the Mafia as a dark parody of 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:



** 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 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'' ''[=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.



* SequelHook: In a bit of closure, the FBI has [[http://www.aol.com/article/2014/01/23/reputed-mobster-pleads-not-guilty-in-lufthansa-heist/20814717/?icid=maing-grid7%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D433956 arrested]] Bannano mob boss Vincent Asaro for his involvement in the Lufthansa heist. An attorney stated they were sending the script over to Scorsese for ''Goodfellas 2''.

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* SequelHook: In a bit of closure, the FBI has [[http://www.aol.com/article/2014/01/23/reputed-mobster-pleads-not-guilty-in-lufthansa-heist/20814717/?icid=maing-grid7%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D433956 arrested]] Bannano mob boss Vincent Asaro for his involvement in the Lufthansa heist. An attorney stated they were sending the script over to Scorsese for ''Goodfellas ''[=GoodFellas=] 2''.



** ''Film/{{Casino}}'' is sometimes summed up as ''Goodfellas'' [[RecycledInSpace in Las Vegas!]].
** ''Series/TheSopranos'' isn't subtle in its attempts to pick up where ''Goodfellas'' leaves off in its demythologising of the Mafia. A truly impressive amount of the cast of that show had parts of varying significance in this film. In case it wasn't obvious enough, their first choice to play Tony Soprano was Ray Liotta.
** Scorsese noted that ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet'' does for white-collar crime what ''Goodfellas'' and ''Casino'' do for organized crime.

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** ''Film/{{Casino}}'' is sometimes summed up as ''Goodfellas'' ''[=GoodFellas=]'' [[RecycledInSpace in Las Vegas!]].
** ''Series/TheSopranos'' isn't subtle in its attempts to pick up where ''Goodfellas'' ''[=GoodFellas=]'' leaves off in its demythologising of the Mafia. A truly impressive amount of the cast of that show had parts of varying significance in this film. In case it wasn't obvious enough, their first choice to play Tony Soprano was Ray Liotta.
** Scorsese noted that ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet'' does for white-collar crime what ''Goodfellas'' ''[=GoodFellas=]'' and ''Casino'' do for organized crime.
16th Nov '16 5:55:00 AM JamesAustin
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* TheSixties: The part of the movie where Henry works his way into a comfortable position in the mob and times are good.
* TheSeventies: The part of the movie where [[spoiler: everything goes wrong for Henry Hill and the mob as a whole.]]



* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the gangster film genre. Specifically as showing gangsters not as urban lowlifes in ghettoes but living middle-class lives in StepfordSuburbia which in turns inspired ''Series/TheSopranos'' years later. Much of the action takes place in broad daylight with gangster activity more or less an everyday affair.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: {{Deconstruction}}:
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Of the gangster film genre. Specifically as showing gangsters not as urban lowlifes in ghettoes but living middle-class lives in StepfordSuburbia which in turns inspired ''Series/TheSopranos'' years later. Much of the action takes place in broad daylight with gangster activity more or less an everyday affair.



** ''Film/GoodFellas'' presents the Mafia as a dark parody of 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:
--> '''Henry Hill''': No more letters from truant officers. No more letters from school. In fact, no more letters from anybody. How could I go back to school after that and pledge allegiance to the flag and sit through good government bullshit. Hundreds of guys depended [[TheMafia on Paulie]] and he got a piece of everything they made. It was tribute, just like the old country, except they were doing it in America. All they got from Paulie was protection from other guys looking to rip them off. Thatís what itís all about. Thatís [[GoodCannotComprehendEvil what the FBI can never understand]], that what Paulie and the organization [[NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters does is offer protection for people]] who [[DirtyCop canít go to the cops]]. Theyíre like [[NotSoDifferent the police department for wiseguys]].

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** ''Film/GoodFellas'' ''Goodfellas'' presents the Mafia as a dark parody of 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:
--> ---> '''Henry Hill''': Hill:''' No more letters from truant officers. No more letters from school. In fact, no more letters from anybody. How could I go back to school after that and pledge allegiance to the flag and sit through good government bullshit. Hundreds of guys depended [[TheMafia on Paulie]] and he got a piece of everything they made. It was tribute, just like the old country, except they were doing it in America. All they got from Paulie was protection from other guys looking to rip them off. Thatís what itís all about. Thatís [[GoodCannotComprehendEvil what the FBI can never understand]], that what Paulie and the organization [[NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters does is offer protection for people]] who [[DirtyCop canít go to the cops]]. Theyíre like [[NotSoDifferent the police department for wiseguys]].



* {{Jerkass}}:
** Tommy [=DeVito=] to the point of being a [[TheSociopath sociopath]]. Jimmy and Henry (although less so) are not far behind either. Zigzagged with Jimmy "the Gent", who is polite and tries to talk down Tommy's impulsive tendencies several times, notably with Billy Batts (at first).

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{{Jerkass}}: Tommy [=DeVito=] to the point of being a [[TheSociopath sociopath]]. Jimmy and Henry (although less so) are not far behind either. Zigzagged with Jimmy "the Gent", who is polite and tries to talk down Tommy's impulsive tendencies several times, notably with Billy Batts (at first).



* KarmaHoudini: {{Subverted Trope}}-[[spoiler: Henry Hill avoids prosecution and mob retribution, but he will spend the rest of his life BroughtDownToNormal, forever pining for the GloryDays. In real life, Hill's life was a mess for many years before going into rehab]].

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* KarmaHoudini: {{Subverted Trope}}-[[spoiler: KarmaHoudini:
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Henry Hill avoids prosecution and mob retribution, but he will spend the rest of his life BroughtDownToNormal, forever pining for the GloryDays. In real life, Hill's life was a mess for many years before going into rehab]].



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

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



* NoodleIncident: The reaction of the Florida man by threatening to toss him to the lions for a midnight snack makes Henry ponder if that hasn't happened a few times before. Made funnier by the lions seeming to have a look of "Ooh, dinner time again".

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The reaction of the Florida man by threatening to toss him to the lions for a midnight snack makes Henry ponder if that hasn't happened a few times before. Made funnier by the lions seeming to have a look of "Ooh, dinner time again".



* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Averted with [[spoiler:Tommy's murder]]. Henry even notes that they shot him in the head so that his mother couldn't give him an open casket at the funeral. Overlaps with NotInTheFace.

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Averted with [[spoiler:Tommy's murder]]. Henry even notes that they shot him in the head so that his mother couldn't give him an open casket at the funeral. Overlaps with NotInTheFace.



* ProperlyParanoid: While being hooked on drugs makes him overly manic, a lot of Henry's paranoia [[spoiler: towards Jimmy and the Cops]] turns out to be valid.

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* ProperlyParanoid: ProperlyParanoid:
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While being hooked on drugs makes him overly manic, a lot of Henry's paranoia [[spoiler: towards Jimmy and the Cops]] turns out to be valid.



* TheSeventies: The part of the movie where [[spoiler: everything goes wrong for Henry Hill and the mob as a whole.]]



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



* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The end titles relate the fate of the characters as of 1990. It's accompanied by the half-ironic, half-unapologetic [[TheSexPistols Sid Vicious]]' version of "My Way".

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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The end titles relate the fate of the characters as of 1990. It's accompanied by the half-ironic, half-unapologetic [[TheSexPistols Sid Vicious]]' Music/SidVicious' version of "My Way".
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!"
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