GoodFellas (1990)

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The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.

Film Introduction
"GoodFellas", a 1990 American criminal activity film directed by Martin Scorsese, is an adaptation of the 1985 non-fiction book "Wiseguy" by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. The film narrates the rise and fall of mob partner Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, and his family and friends from 1955 to 1980.

"GoodFellas" start with Henry Hill as a young man steeped into the mob life in Brooklyn, affected by the glamour and appeal of living as a gangster. He establishes a close bond with 2 of his fellow mobsters, the unpredictable Tommy DeVito, depicted by Joe Pesci, and sophisticated, calm James "Jimmy" Conway, played by Robert De Niro.

Henry begins earning big money and reveling in the high-ends that his criminal life offers. He marries Karen (Lorraine Bracco), who eventually ends up being accustom to the mob lifestyle. Tommy's violent propensities escalate, causing the murder of Billy Batts, a member of a rival gang made man.

Failure and Betrayal
Over time, the narrative turns darker, revealing a life riddled with ruthless violence, drug addiction, and paranoia. Henry and Jimmy pull off a huge heist at the Lufthansa at the JFK Airport, however the situation gets out of hand when the reckless spending and showing-off by their crew members elevates the threat of being captured.

Meanwhile, the erratic behaviour of Tommy costs him his life when it is exposed that he killed a 'made man' without appropriate sanction. The downward spiral continues as Henry descends into drug dependency and begins trafficking to support his habits and elegant lifestyle.

The tail end of the motion picture focuses on Henry's daylong ordeal of drugs, paranoia and eventual arrest. Overwhelmed by his collapsing empire, he ends up being an FBI informant resulting in the arrest of his associates, consisting of Jimmy and Paulie Cicero, the male who had actually resembled a dad figure to Henry. After testifying against his former buddies, Henry and his household get in the Witness Protection Program.

Critical Reception and Impact
"GoodFellas" is commonly acknowledged as one of the greatest movies in the gangster genre, renowned for its sharp, hectic movie script, amazing efficiencies, and Scorsese's stylistic prowess. The film got numerous awards and elections, consisting of six Academy Awards nominations. Joe Pesci won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his function as the unforeseeable and violent Tommy DeVito.

Scorsese remarkably paints a multifaceted picture of mob life, gripping the audience from the start with its remarkable portrait of a bad guy's way of life, then soberly revealing the destructive repercussions of such a life. The movie has had an enduring effect, influencing many subsequent police procedural. Despite its violent material, "GoodFellas" remains a renowned representation of the attraction and ultimate failure of the gangster lifestyle.

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