Sorry Godfather. I agree with Roger Ebert when he said, “No finer film has ever been made about organized crime.” in reference to the Martin Scorsese classic Goodfellas. Originally perceived to be a documentary, Goodfellas changed the pacing and cinematography for movies that followed.
30 years ago this week, we were introduced to Henry Hill. He was played to perfection by actor Ray Liotta. He hilariously narrates the film as a overly smug criminal, and he offers no remorse as the bodies pile up.
Joe Pesci is another highlight playing Tommy DeVito, a likable guy with an explosive temper that occasionally has deadly consequences. His performance was so outstanding, he walked away with several awards including the Oscar for best supporting actor.
The film was based on a biography written by Nicholas Pileggi. Scorsese was drawn to the true story of mobster-turned-informant. He thought it captured the real life of a gritty gangster better than anything on film at the time.
Even after 30 years, this Hollywood classic holds up as an amazing film and one of the best crime films of all time. The only criticism with 2020 eyes is that the film was so iconic that it has been parodied beyond belief. Notable TV parodies including Animaniacs, The Simpsons, and Community.
Here are some other things that came out 30 years ago this week.