Details the rise and fall of Henry Hill, a Brooklyn kid who grows up idolizing the "wise guys" from his neighborhood. He begins hanging around the mobsters and doing odd jobs until he gains the notice of local chieftain Paulie Cicero. In his teens, Hill distinguishes himself as a "stand-up guy" by choosing jail time over ratting on his accomplices. From that moment on, he is a part of the family. Along with his partner Tommy, he rises through the ranks to become Paulie's lieutenant. Soon he finds himself the target of both the feds and the mobsters.
MPAA rating: R.|||adult
Warner Bros. presents an Irwin Winkler production ; a Martin Scorsese picture ; executive producer, Barbara De Fina ; screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese ; produced by Irwin Winkler ; directed by Martin Scorsese.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1990.
Based on the book "Wiseguy" by Nicholas Pileggi; Based on a true story.
Special features: Disc 1: The cast and crew commentary (with director Martin Scorsese, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Vincent, co-screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, producers Irwin Winkler and Barbara De Fina, cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Themal Schoonmaker); The cop and crook commentary (with Henry Hill and former FBI Agent Edward McDonald); Awards. Disc 2: Getting made (making-of); The Workaday gangster (featurette that looks at the less-glamorous side of mob life); The GoodFellas legacy (filmmakers Joe Carnahan, Jon Favreau, Antoine Fuqua, The Hughes Brothers and Richard Linklater comment on the movie's influence); Paper is cheaper than film (storyboard-to-screen comparisons); Theatrical trailer.
Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino.
DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo.
English or dubbed French dialogue, English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Director of photography, Michael Ballhaus ; production designer, Kristi Zea ; film editor, Thelma Schoonmaker ; costume designer, Richard Bruno; music editor, Christopher Brooks.
Academy Award, 1990: Best actor in a supporting role (Pesci).
Added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry in 2000.