History YMMV / Goodfellas

20th Dec '16 4:04:11 PM maxwellsilver
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* AwardSnub: ''[=GoodFellas=]'', Scorsese, and Bracco lost to ''DancesWithWolves'', Creator/KevinCostner, and Whoopi Goldberg for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. In hindsight, ''[=GoodFellas=]'' is considered Scorsese's greatest film. On the other hand, Joe Pesci not only got a fully deserved Oscar for Best Supporting, he didn't even expect to win and gave one of the shortest and most modest speeches in Academy history ("It's my privilege. Thank you.")

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Was Henry's drug mule just that stupid to make a phone call from within the house, despite repeated instructions not to? Or was she an informant?
* AwardSnub: ''[=GoodFellas=]'', Scorsese, and Bracco lost to ''DancesWithWolves'', ''Film/DancesWithWolves'', Creator/KevinCostner, and Whoopi Goldberg for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. In hindsight, ''[=GoodFellas=]'' is considered Scorsese's greatest film. On the other hand, Joe Pesci not only got a fully deserved Oscar for Best Supporting, he didn't even expect to win and gave one of the shortest and most modest speeches in Academy history ("It's my privilege. Thank you.")



* CrossesTheLineTwice: Some of the violence in this movie is so extreme, it almost verges on CrowningMomentOfFunny.

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* CrossesTheLineTwice: Some of the violence in this movie is so extreme, it almost verges on CrowningMomentOfFunny.SugarWiki/FunnyMoments.
20th Dec '16 1:06:12 PM RobbSony3
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* LoveToHate: Interestingly, of all the characters, Tommy is the most memorable of the entire film.

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* LoveToHate: Interestingly, of all the characters, Tommy is the most memorable of the entire film.
20th Dec '16 1:05:40 PM RobbSony3
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* LoveToHate: Interestingly, of all the characters, Tommy is the most memorable of the entire film, he has a fanbase.

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* LoveToHate: Interestingly, of all the characters, Tommy is the most memorable of the entire film, he has a fanbase.film.
7th Dec '16 4:22:47 AM 06tele
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** Henry's moan at the end of the film that he can no longer get decent food was belied in 2002, when he wrote and published his own cookbook (''The Wiseguy Cookbook''), detailing how you can make decent Italian-American food when you don't have access to the best and freshest ingredients like he once did. It includes recipes for the entire meal he made the night he gets arrested (veal cutlets, ziti with meat sauce and green beans with garlic and olive oil) as well as many others, including the healthier diet he adopted later in life.

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** Henry's moan at the end of the film that he can no longer get decent food was belied in 2002, when he wrote and published his own cookbook (''The Wiseguy Cookbook''), Cookbook'', published by New American Library, no less), detailing how you can make decent Italian-American food when you don't have access to the best and freshest ingredients like he once did. It includes recipes for the entire meal he made the night he gets arrested (veal cutlets, ziti with meat sauce and green beans with garlic and olive oil) as well as many others, including the healthier diet he adopted later in life. Yes, now you too can eat like a mobster.[[note]]Whatever you may think of Henry Hill, it's a genuinely good and useful cookbook and incidentally a fascinating window on mid-20th century Italian-American food. Henry's aunt's meatball recipe is delicious.[[/note]]



** Jimmy crosses this when he has his conspirators in the heist murdered rather than share money with them.
** Tommy completely obliterates it when he kills Spider.
* OneSceneWonder: Jimmy Two-Times. He only had one line and it became so memetic that almost anybody immidiately recognizes where it's from.

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** Jimmy crosses this when he has his conspirators in the heist murdered murdered, rather than share money with them.
** Tommy completely obliterates crosses it when he kills Spider.
* OneSceneWonder: Jimmy Two-Times. He only had one line and it became so memetic that almost anybody immidiately recognizes where it's from.line, but everyone remembers it.



** This might be to keep him from being too much of a KarmaHoudini- the punishment seems light to everyone else, but it's torture for him. Compare his "Egg noodles and ketchup" complaint about the misery of living life as an "average nobody" to when he was in prison as a wiseguy and eating like a king every night.

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** This might be to keep him from being too much of a KarmaHoudini- KarmaHoudini -- the punishment seems light to everyone else, but it's torture for him. Compare his "Egg noodles and ketchup" complaint about the misery of living life as an "average nobody" to when he was in prison as a wiseguy and eating like a king every night.
7th Dec '16 4:12:38 AM 06tele
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Notoriously averted, and one of the most controversial things about the film. It's been praised as one of the more accurate mob movies ever made because, unlike ''Film/TheGodfather'', which was rather sentimental about the Mafia (or at least, Vito) as a force for order and honour in a corrupt world, there's very little honour in ''Goodfellas'': the highest-ranking gangster in the film, Paulie, is only a middle-ranking ''caporegime'' who doesn't hesitate to cut his ties with Henry when it looks like Henry may be a liability, rewarding him for a lifetime's service with a measly few hundred bucks. One of the main characters is a violent {{Jerkass}} psychopath, another is a violent, greedy and increasingly paranoid scumbag, and the main POV character is an arsonist thug who cheats on his wife and deals hard drugs behind his boss's back. In a way, it ''should'' be a hellish, hard-to-watch story about violence, secrecy and betrayal. But people love the film, because it makes this life seem like great fun...at least, up to a point. And Henry never expresses regret for all the harm he's caused; at the end of the film, the only thing he regrets is that he couldn't go on living like he used to, able to take whatever he wanted, live however he wanted, and above all, get away with it.
7th Dec '16 3:19:33 AM 06tele
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* DracoInLeatherPants: Tommy, of all people, gets a lot of this, generally from young men. He's an utterly unrepentant, racist {{Jerkass}} who casually kills people just because they annoy him and delights in making his friends live in fear of his bad temper, but some people like him nevertheless, possibly because of the extent to which he enjoys being who he is. When people say that this film makes them want to be a gangster, it's often because they want to be somebody like Tommy, conveniently forgetting that his own assholish behaviour turns him into a liability to the mob and gets him killed in a deliberately humiliating manner (shot in the face so his mother couldn't give him an open casket funeral.)
2nd Dec '16 9:18:03 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** DeNiro's "lil' bit" line during the Billy Batts scene.

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** DeNiro's [=DeNiro's=] "lil' bit" line during the Billy Batts scene.
29th Nov '16 2:17:45 PM MrLavisherMoot
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* AwardSnub: ''Goodfellas'', Scorsese, and Bracco lost to ''DancesWithWolves'', Creator/KevinCostner, and Whoopi Goldberg for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. In hindsight, ''Goodfellas'' is considered Scorsese's greatest film. On the other hand, Joe Pesci not only got a fully deserved Oscar for Best Supporting, he didn't even expect to win and gave one of the shortest and most modest speeches in Academy history ("It's my privilege. Thank you.")

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* AwardSnub: ''Goodfellas'', ''[=GoodFellas=]'', Scorsese, and Bracco lost to ''DancesWithWolves'', Creator/KevinCostner, and Whoopi Goldberg for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. In hindsight, ''Goodfellas'' ''[=GoodFellas=]'' is considered Scorsese's greatest film. On the other hand, Joe Pesci not only got a fully deserved Oscar for Best Supporting, he didn't even expect to win and gave one of the shortest and most modest speeches in Academy history ("It's my privilege. Thank you.")



** Also nominated but failing to win was Thelma Schoonmaker for Best Editing. The fast-pace editing of ''Goodfellas'' was controversial at the time but in hindsight it's considered one of the most expertly edited films of the last 30 years.

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** Also nominated but failing to win was Thelma Schoonmaker for Best Editing. The fast-pace editing of ''Goodfellas'' ''[=GoodFellas=]'' was controversial at the time but in hindsight it's considered one of the most expertly edited films of the last 30 years.
22nd Nov '16 6:52:58 PM maxwellsilver
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* HarsherInHindsight: During the parts focusing on Henry's childhood, it's easy to think that Henry was destined to be a troublemaker when he was young. However, in real life, Henry suffered from a number of learning disabilities that had remained undiagnosed at the time. Since his teachers had no concept of conditions such as Dyslexia in the 1970s, they just assumed Henry wasn't interested in school and labelled him a failure. In fact, Henry himself stated that he never learned the alphabet until he was 20. Henry's inability to fit in at school was one of the primary factors leading him into joining the mob.

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* HarsherInHindsight: During the parts focusing on Henry's childhood, it's easy to think that Henry was destined to be a troublemaker when he was young. However, in real life, Henry suffered from a number of learning disabilities that had remained undiagnosed at the time. Since his teachers had no concept of conditions such as Dyslexia in the 1970s, 1950s, they just assumed Henry wasn't interested in school and labelled him a failure. In fact, Henry himself stated that he never learned the alphabet until he was 20. Henry's inability to fit in at school was one of the primary factors leading him into joining the mob.
27th Oct '16 7:53:48 AM 06tele
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** Henry's moan at the end of the film that he can no longer get decent food was belied in 2002, when he wrote and published his own cookbook (''The Wiseguy Cookbook''), detailing how you can make decent Italian-American food when you don't have access to the best and freshest ingredients like he once did. It includes recipes for the entire meal he made the night he gets arrested (veal cutlets, ziti with meat sauce and green beans with garlic and olive oil) as well as many others, including the healthier diet he adopted later in life.
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