GoodFellas (Based on the Book "Wiseguy" By Nicholas Pileggi)
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Henry Hill grew up in the midst of New York City's criminal underworld, finally achieving the coveted status of "wiseguy." But in 1980, he made the decision to exchange his knowledge for a new identity. GoodFellas, Hill's own account of crude hierarchies, casual murders, and collaboration with the Feds (as a member of the Witness Protection Program) was adapted for the screen by Martin Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi--and is now seen as a contemporary classic. The film drew rave reviews everywhere upon its theatrical release in 1990, and was nominated for Oscars in both the Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.
This book also offers an introduction by David Thompson, the noted film critic and co-editor of Scorsese on Scorsese.
after-school job might get her feisty young son out of the house long enough to keep him from bickering incessantly with his sisters. Also, with young Henry working, she would have more time to spend with Michael, her youngest son, who had been born with a spinal defect and was confined to either his bed or a wheelchair. Carmela Hill was further pleased – almost ecstatic, really – when she found that the Varios, the family who owned the cabstand, came from the same part of Sicily where she had
o’clock that night for some deal, and now Junior needs me as a chaperone. He says he has a date for the two of us at Frankie the Wop’s Villa Capra. The Villa was a big hangout for the crew at the time. When I got there to do Junior a favor I was still in such a hurry to meet Tuddy I couldn’t wait to get away. KAREN: I couldn’t stand him. I thought he was really obnoxious. Diane had this thing with Paul, but she and I were both Jewish, and she hadn’t ever been out with an Italian before. She
was gone she’d bring up the things she didn’t like. He slept too late. He came home too late. He gambled. He drank. We must have been married a little more than a month when one night he didn’t come home at all. He had come home after midnight a few times, but this time it was well after midnight and he was still not home. There wasn’t even a call. I was waiting upstairs in our apartment. My mother, who was like a shark smelling blood, began to circle. She had been downstairs in bed, but she had
section of Valley Stream. Henry’s lawyers, prison guards, and weekend furloughs had swallowed up almost all of his money, but he told Karen to start looking for a house. He had prospects. In anticipation of his release, Henry had discussed dozens of potential money-making schemes during his weekend furloughs home. That, in fact, was one of the main reasons that furloughs were so important: They helped Henry to feel he was on the way back into action even before he was out of prison. After four
‘OZ,’ ‘whole,’ ‘quarter,’ ‘half,’ and ‘one-for-two,’ have been employed in an obvious reference to things other than what they commonly connote. However, details surrounding the code terms, such as prices, and the inappropriate use of the terms themselves, make clear that drug transactions are being discussed. Some of the individuals listed in the heading of this affidavit have conferred with Henry Hill or his associates in the above-mentioned coded terms; others, particularly the local callers,