Based on the true-to-life book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, "Goodfellas" brings the viewer into the seamy underworld of organized crime. What makes this movie so great is the electrifying performances by Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta. These performances are backed with a solid story line and a great soundtrack. The movie is narrated by Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta whose life ambition is to become a "wiseguy." Early in the film Henry Hill looks out his apartment window with envy at the low-level wiseguys in the social club, impressed with the fact that they have women, money, cars and parties that last all night. This eventually leads to Henry wanting to become a member of the mob. Since Henry is part Irish, they would never make him a "true" member.
Tommy DeVito, played by Joe Pesci, a fellow "wiseguy" is a likable guy except he has a temper that can explode in a second.
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