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  • Goodfellas is a 1990 American biographical crime film directed by Martin Scorsese

Goodfellas facts

  • It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese
  • The film narrates the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill (the first-person narrator in the film) and his friends over a period from 1955 to 1980
  • Scorsese initially named the film Wise Guy and postponed making it; later, he and Pileggi changed the name to Goodfellas
  • 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
  • According to Pesci, improvisation and ad-libbing came out of rehearsals wherein Scorsese gave the actors freedom to do whatever they wanted
  • The director made transcripts of these sessions, took the lines he liked best, and put them into a revised script, which the cast worked from during principal photography
  • Made on a budget of $25 million, Goodfellas grossed $46
  • 8 million domestically
  • It received positive reviews from critics and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and it won for Pesci in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category
  • Scorsese's film won five awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, including Best Film and Best Director
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