Goodfellas

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Goodfellas (stylized GoodFellas) is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese.wikipedia
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Martin Scorsese

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Goodfellas (stylized GoodFellas) is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese.
He has directed works such as the crime film Mean Streets (1973), the vigilante-thriller Taxi Driver (1976), the biographical sports drama Raging Bull (1980), the black comedies The King of Comedy (1983), and After Hours (1985), the religious epic drama The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), the crime film Goodfellas (1990), the psychological thriller Cape Fear (1991) and the crime film Casino (1995), some of which he collaborated on with actor and close friend Robert De Niro.

Ray Liotta

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To prepare for their roles in the film, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta often spoke with Pileggi, who shared research material left over from writing the book.
Liotta is best known for his portrayal of Henry Hill in the crime drama Goodfellas (1990); other notable roles include Ray Sinclair in Jonathan Demme's Something Wild (1986), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams (1989), Officer Pete Davis in Unlawful Entry (1992), Officer Gary Figgis in Cop Land (1997), Paul Krendler in Hannibal (2001), Fred Jung in Blow (2001), Tommy Vercetti in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002), Chief Gus Monroe in John Q (2002), Samuel Rhodes in Identity (2003), Markie Trattman in Killing Them Softly (2012), and Peter Deluca in The Place Beyond the Pines (2012).

Nicholas Pileggi

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It is an adaptation of the 1985 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese.
He is best known for writing the non-fiction book Wiseguy and co-writing the screenplay for Goodfellas, its 1990 film adaptation, for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Joe Pesci

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To prepare for their roles in the film, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta often spoke with Pileggi, who shared research material left over from writing the book.
Known for portraying tough, volatile characters, in a variety of genres, he is best known for his roles as Vincent Gambini in My Cousin Vinny (1992), Harry Lyme in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, as Leo Getz in the Lethal Weapon franchise, and for co-starring with Robert De Niro in the Martin Scorsese films Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), and Casino (1995).

Henry Hill

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The film narrates the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill and his friends and family from 1955 to 1980.
Wiseguy was subsequently adapted by Martin Scorsese into the critically acclaimed film Goodfellas, in which Hill was portrayed by Ray Liotta.

National Film Registry

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In 2000, it was deemed "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant" and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress.
The shortest span is the minimum 10 years; this distinction is shared by Raging Bull, Do the Right Thing, Goodfellas, Toy Story, Fargo and 13 Lakes.

Robert De Niro

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To prepare for their roles in the film, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta often spoke with Pileggi, who shared research material left over from writing the book.
His portrayal of gangster Jimmy Conway in Scorsese's crime film Goodfellas (1990), and his role as Rupert Pupkin in the black comedy film The King of Comedy (1983), earned him BAFTA Award nominations.

Wiseguy (book)

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It is an adaptation of the 1985 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese.
The book is the basis for the 1990 Academy Award-winning film Goodfellas directed by Martin Scorsese.

Copacabana (nightclub)

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Enjoying the perks of their criminal life, the three associates spend most of their nights at the Copacabana nightclub, carousing with women.
The nightclub was used as a setting in the films Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Tootsie, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Carlito's Way, The French Connection, Martin and Lewis, Green Book and Beyond the Sea.

Karen Friedman Hill

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Henry starts dating Karen Friedman, a Jewish woman from the Five Towns area of Long Island.
The events of their life were chronicled in the 1990 film Goodfellas and several books.

Lufthansa heist

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Jimmy organizes a crew to raid the Lufthansa vault at John F. Kennedy International Airport and take $6 million.
In popular culture, it is the main subject of two well-known television films—The 10 Million Dollar Getaway (1991) and The Big Heist (2001)—and is a key plot element in the film Goodfellas (1990).

Made man

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The murder of a made man would warrant retribution from the Gambinos; another made man, possibly even Paulie, would be forced to kill the perpetrators.
For example, famous Lucchese family associate Henry Hill, portrayed in the 1990 film Goodfellas, was unable to become a made man despite his extensive Mafia career and even his mother being of Sicilian descent, because Hill's father was of Irish descent.

Paul Sorvino

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Paul Sorvino had no problem finding the voice and walk of his character, but found it challenging finding what he called "that kernel of coldness and absolute hardness that is antithetical to my nature except when my family is threatened".
He often portrays authority figures on both sides of the law, and is possibly best known for his roles as Paulie Cicero, a portrayal of Paul Vario in the 1990 gangster film Goodfellas, and NYPD Sergeant Phil Cerreta on the TV series Law & Order.

Paul Vario

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The names of several real-life gangsters were altered for the film: Tommy "Two Gun" DeSimone became the character Tommy DeVito; Paul Vario became Paulie Cicero, and Jimmy "The Gent" Burke was portrayed as Jimmy Conway.
He was portrayed as 'Paul Cicero' by Paul Sorvino in the Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas.

Lorraine Bracco

To research her role, Lorraine Bracco tried to get close to a mob wife but was unable to, because they exist in a very tight-knit community.
She is best known for her performances as Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the HBO series The Sopranos, and as Karen Friedman Hill in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

James Burke (gangster)

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The names of several real-life gangsters were altered for the film: Tommy "Two Gun" DeSimone became the character Tommy DeVito; Paul Vario became Paulie Cicero, and Jimmy "The Gent" Burke was portrayed as Jimmy Conway.
Burke inspired the character "Jimmy 'The Gent' Conway", one of the main characters of the 1990 movie Goodfellas, played by Robert de Niro.

Thomas DeSimone

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The names of several real-life gangsters were altered for the film: Tommy "Two Gun" DeSimone became the character Tommy DeVito; Paul Vario became Paulie Cicero, and Jimmy "The Gent" Burke was portrayed as Jimmy Conway.
He is best known as the basis for Joe Pesci's character Tommy DeVito in Martin Scorsese's 1990 film Goodfellas.

Five Towns

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Henry starts dating Karen Friedman, a Jewish woman from the Five Towns area of Long Island.
In the film Goodfellas, when trying to get Henry to come along on a double date, Tommy mentions that his date lives in the Five Towns.

Silver Lion

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Goodfellas premiered at the 47th Venice International Film Festival, where Scorsese received the Silver Lion award for best director.

Academy Award for Best Picture

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It received positive reviews from critics and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, with Pesci winning for Best Supporting Actor.

Academy Award for Best Director

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It received positive reviews from critics and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, with Pesci winning for Best Supporting Actor.

Crime film

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Goodfellas (stylized GoodFellas) is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese.
Mafia film – Film which focuses on characters who are involved seriously with the Mafia or organized crime. Notable mob films include: The Godfather, Goodfellas, Once Upon a Time in America, Bugsy, Little Caesar, The Untouchables, The Public Enemy, Scarface, and The Departed.

BAFTA Award for Best Direction

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The film won five awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, including Best Film and Best Director.

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

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It received positive reviews from critics and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, with Pesci winning for Best Supporting Actor.

BAFTA Award for Best Film

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The film won five awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, including Best Film and Best Director.