Nightmare Fuel / GoodFellas

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Two words: Tommy DeVito.

  • Yup, Tommy DeVito is NF incarnate.
    • Even worse: Scorsese had to tone down some things Tommy did in real life...
    • Tommy's execution is pretty horrifying, especially as he realizes what's about to happen a fraction of a second before a bullet blows off half his face.
  • The scene where Jimmy starts thinking about whacking Morrie and all the other hired mooks. He just sits there smoking but then the music goes up and you know he's up to no good.
    • DeNiro's eyes in that scene. They just say, with such incredible subtlety, "Time to go on a killing spree."
  • The way Henry's father beats his son when he's a teenager is brutally realistic. It's early on in the film, and highly disturbing.
  • After everything, after all the horrible things he's been a part of, all Hill really cares about is the loss of his gangster status. He doesn't care that he's been partially responsible for the murder and ruining the lives of countless innocent people, all he ever gave a fuck about was himself. At least Tommy's sociopathy was out on the surface.
    • This was intentional, Scorsese got complaints at the previews and he said that the audience should be angry, "The nerve of this guy" and that people should question the mentality and values of the culture that makes being a "schnook" such a bad thing.
  • One of the scariest things about the movie is how casually the mobsters treat murdering their own. One of the best examples is how, rather than simply pay everyone for their roles in the Lufthansa heist, Jimmy would rather just murder all of the people he hangs out with and considers friends and even Henry notes he doesn't particularly care as long as Jimmy doesn't kill him, too. Even later, it's shown that one of Tommy's murderers is Tuddy.
  • One of the things that really drives home the casual brutality of mobster mentality is in the famous "How am I funny?" scene. After Henry realizes Tommy is just messing with him, and everyone laughs it off, a waiter comes up to talk to Tommy about an outstanding bill he has, and Tommy gets pissed and smashes a bottle over the poor guy's head, and all the other mobsters don't just act like assaulting someone for basically no reason is no big deal, it's funny to them, even though just moments ago they were honestly afraid Tommy was going to possibly murder Henry for no reason other than accidentally offending him. Also, who's to say Tommy wasn't serious, and just changed his mind when Henry called him out?
  • The Peek-a-Boo Corpse reveals of the Lufthansa heist perps' bodies (especially Frankie Carbone in the meat locker), all set to the instrumental break in Eric Clapton's "Layla".
    Henry Hill: When they found Carbone in the meat truck, he was frozen so stiff that it took two days to thaw him out for the autopsy.
  • Two scenes with Jimmy in particular are meant to chill the audience by showing what a casual monster Jimmy really is. The first scene is when Jimmy asks Henry "Think Morrie tells his wife anything?" and Henry narrates that Jimmy by just asking the question, has revealed beyond a shadow of a doubt that he's going to kill Morrie. The second scene is towards the very end of the film after Henry and Karen have been busted, and it's very subtle because it doesn't involve any revealing narration: Jimmy asks Karen what kinds of questions the police have been asking Henry. Just by the nature of the question, the tone of his voice, and the look on his face, it's meant to clue in the audience that Jimmy is thinking the exact same thoughts about Henry at that moment, as when he decided to kill Morrie.


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