Film Screening 18th August, 2011

Poster for Goodfellas


8:00 PM, 18th August, 2011

  • R
  • 143 mins
  • 1990
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese
  • Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

‘As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a gangster.’

And with that simple observation, one of the greatest gangster movies ever made begins. Martin Scorsese’s (acclaimed director of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Departed to name a scant few) 1990 film, based on a true story, charts the rise and fall of Henry Hill (Liotta) over thirty years with the mob in Brooklyn. Under the wing of Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino) and working with Jimmy Conway (a mesmerising De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (the scene-stealing Pesci in his definitive role), Hill climbs the ranks of the criminal underworld and we follow him through every high and low. This rich ensemble film (great character actors pepper the minor roles) is Scorsese at his finest using the story of organised crime to explore his true theme, as in this and many of his other films: America. Though almost every performance in the film is an acting master class, the film is also a tour de force of breathtaking imagery and realistic violence that sits just shy of IMDb’s top ten films of all time.

A film that truly should be experienced on the big screen and that cemented Scorsese’s status as one of the great American filmmakers of our time, Goodfellas is a must-see! Some might even call it… funny.

…What do you mean funny, funny how?

Daniel Eisenberg