As far as my personal tastes go, Goodfellas has a rewatchability factor that is met only by Pulp Fiction. I can watch the film anytime, anywhere, for any amount of time. During my most recent viewing, I noticed a few things I love, but that no one else seems to ever discuss. Hope you enjoy my insights, and be sure to tell me your favorite overlooked moments from the film.
The way Joe Pesci always…
The simplicity of Saul Bass’ opening logos.
Look, Paulie Walnuts!
The way Paulie Walnuts’ character calls the innocent mailman a “scumbag.”
The way The Kid, Henry gracefully delivers a sandwich to a craps playing ‘fella.
“You might know who we are, but we know who you are.”
Remember Joe Pesci’s manic, out-of-breath rant begging Ray Liotta to go on a double date with him? I love that he caps the tirade by saying they may have a chance to rip the girl off: “She’s fuckin’ beautiful! Her fuckin’ family, they live in the Five Towns there. You know, this Jew broad’s gotta a lotta money – maybe her family owns the whole fuckin’ block! You’re liable to wind up with a big fuckin’ score here, you mothafucka!”
This dude, who I assume gets paid to hangout in the basement of New York’s hottest club and eat sandwiches. That’s awesome.
The anger of this face. It terrifies me.
The fact that the line “I didn’t wanna get blood on your floor,” is the most telling line ever said by a psychopath in the history of cinema.
The way Robert De Niro says “the hoof?”
Martin Scorsese has the exact same laugh as his mother. Seriously, listen to this, now listen to this.
“Sorry it took so long, that skinny guard is gettin’ to be a real pain in the ass.”
The way Paul Sorvino rarely let’s people finish a sentence. Such a boss.
The way the number of times Tommy shoots Stacks doesn’t match. It’s a continuity error, but a fun one. (After Tommy shoots Stacks in the head, he finishes the job with three subsequent shots. In the slow motion flashback, he finishes the job with five shots.)
Joe Pesci’s face when De Niro tells Liotta that Tommy is getting made. Pesci looks like a kid whose father just paid him the highest of compliments.
For half a second it looks like Robert De Niro (the actor) is shocked that Jimmy Conway (the character) actually knocked the phone booth over.
Liotta’s hysterical, cartoon-like laugh as he sneaks out of Sandy’s door.
Paul Sorvino’s aged makeup.
The fact that, when Goodfellas came out, 2004 seemed like a long way away.
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