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By STEPHEN HUNTER and STEPHEN HUNTER,Sun Film Critic | September 21, 1990
I like a movie that takes a moral stand. Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas," a violent look at the authentic Mafia, focuses exclusively on the deadly tools of the trade. It makes the clear and resonant point that Italian sausage should be banned.Before and after every hit, these swarthy, laughing tribal barbarians settle down to a hearty meal, a curly tube of dead pig smothered in glops of tomato guts, shreds of pepper, basil, oregano, garlic slices, fennel, fried onion, some Chianti, wads of bread soaked in butter.
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By Dave Rosenthal | June 13, 2012
Once in a while, a movie adaptation creates a character that is drawn so well it becomes anĀ  archetype, a measuring stick for all other similar characters. Think John Wayne, the western tough in "True Grit," which was adapted from the Charles Portis novel. Or Ray Liotta, the New York hood in "Goodfellas," adapted from the book "Wiseguy. " News comes today of the death of Henry Hill, the real-life gangster-turned-informant who was the lifeblood of "Wiseguy" and Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas.
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By LOU CEDRONE | September 21, 1990
MARTIN Scorsese's ''GoodFellas'' is a good film, maybe a great film, but it is also difficult to watch at times. At times, it is so brutal you will find yourself looking away. At other times, it is very funny, and you will wonder why you are laughing at a movie with this much brutality.The new film, which may be the best Scorsese has ever done, is based on ''Wiseguy,'' the book by Nicholas Pileggi, perhaps the nation's foremost authority on the Mafia.Pileggi's book was based on the experiences of a half-Irish, half-Sicilian mobster who just seemed to fall into it.The future mobster was born in a neighborhood where the gangster was the big guy and where everyone else treated him with respect.
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January 1, 2006
THE MOB BOX -- Sony / $34.95 / More than the underworld connects the movies in The Mob Box, due out Tuesday. Barry Levinson had a hand in producing 1991's Bugsy (which he also directed) and 1997's Donnie Brasco (which Mike Newell directed, 10 years before Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). In Donnie Brasco, a solidly acted, stolidly written, real-life crime saga, Johnny Depp plays an FBI agent who goes undercover as a jewel broker. In the facetious Brit "laddie" film/gangster film Snatch (2000)
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February 13, 1991
The nominees for the 63rd annual Academy Awards:PICTURE: "Awakenings," "Dances With Wolves," "Ghost," "Th Godfather, Part III," "GoodFellas."ACTOR: Kevin Costner, "Dances With Wolves"; Robert De Niro "Awakenings"; Gerard Depardieu, "Cyrano de Bergerac"; Richard Harris, "The Field"; Jeremy Irons, "Reversal of Fortune."ACTRESS: Kathy Bates, "Misery"; Anjelica Huston, "Th Grifters"; Julia Roberts, "Pretty Woman"; Meryl Streep, "Postcards From the Edge"; Joanne Woodward, "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge."SUPPORTING ACTOR: Bruce Davison, "Longtime Companion"; Andy Garcia, "The Godfather, Part III"; Graham Greene, "Dances With Wolves"; Al Pacino, "Dick Tracy'" Joe Pesci, "GoodFellas."
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By Lou Cedrone | September 20, 1990
* ''Funny About Love'' Gene Wilder is a cartoonist who falls in love with a caterer, divorces her then tries to win her back. Christine Lahti co-stars. A drama with comedy.* ''GoodFellas'' Martin Scorsese's film version of Nicholas Pileggi's ''Wiseguy'' is the story of a boy who dreamed of being part of the mob and saw that dream come true. A drama with comedy. Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta star.* ''Narrow Margin'' Gene Hackman is a district attorney who has to protect a federal witness from professional killers.
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March 22, 1991
It's maybe no surprise that ''Dances With Wolves'' is our readers' choice for Best Picture of 1990. Kevin Costner's epic western drew 55 percent of the votes (56 out of 101) of Evening Sun readers and other callers to Lou Cedrone's SUNDIAL Oscar Line. The 63rd Academy Awards will be broadcast Monday night at 9 on ABC.The wildly successful ''Ghost'' was a distant second with 20 percent, followed by the also-rans ''Awakenings'' (11 percent), ''GoodFellas'' (9 percent) and ''Godfather III'' (5 percent)
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By Lou Cedrone | February 20, 1991
Ray Liotta, who plays a mobster in ''GoodFellas'' (''From the time I was a kid, I always wanted to be with the mob,'' he says in the movie), wasn't worried about playing a bad guy. ''Not after doing doing 'Dominic and Eugene' and 'Field of Dreams','' he said. ''Those were very sympathetic roles.''He really has the lead role in ''GoodFellas.'' Robert De Niro is the ''star,'' but he has much less screen time than Liotta.Martin Scorsese directed. That's a lot of name power, but Liotta said he wasn't intimidated.
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January 7, 1991
Clean sweep for 'GoodFellas'Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas," the giddily amoral tale of a petty gangster's rise and fall in the garish American 1970s, was named yesterday the best picture of 1990 by the National Society of Film Critics. The 40-member association, composed of film critics from major general-interest publications across the country, followed the sentiments of the other two major critics groups, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, in selecting the Scorsese film.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | August 25, 2000
"Grumpy Old Goodfellas" it ain't. And that's despite the best efforts of "The Crew" to exploit prostate jokes and bleak mob humor for laughs. Richard Dreyfuss plays the leader of an aging mob crew who, with their best whacks behind them, have retired to Miami to watch thong-clad beauties and rail against the young, tan wannabes who are driving up prices in their apartment building. Once young, handsome and dangerous, the crew is now reduced to living like the schmoes they used to disparage: Bobby Bartellemeo (Dreyfuss)
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By Jeremy Caplan and Jeremy Caplan,NEWSDAY | April 18, 2004
When Ray Liotta first worked on Broadway, he wasn't anywhere near the stage. "I put the candy out, sold it before the show and during intermission, and then went home with $7 in my pocket," says the Hollywood veteran. "I used to do what that guy's doing," he says, motioning to a concession salesman in the Plymouth Theater, where, more than two decades after manning the M&Ms, Liotta is making his Broadway debut in Match. "It was a great job to have, because you got to watch people on stage, and you learned," says Liotta, 48. After growing up in New Jersey and graduating from the University of Miami in 1977, Liotta moved to New York to get started in acting.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | August 25, 2000
"Grumpy Old Goodfellas" it ain't. And that's despite the best efforts of "The Crew" to exploit prostate jokes and bleak mob humor for laughs. Richard Dreyfuss plays the leader of an aging mob crew who, with their best whacks behind them, have retired to Miami to watch thong-clad beauties and rail against the young, tan wannabes who are driving up prices in their apartment building. Once young, handsome and dangerous, the crew is now reduced to living like the schmoes they used to disparage: Bobby Bartellemeo (Dreyfuss)
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By Gregory Kane | February 23, 2000
TODAY, CLASS, WE take a break from Black History Month to celebrate what I'm dubbing Italian- American History Day. The observance is inspired by the perpetual ignorance of non-Italian Americans -- who probably warmed up to "Goodfellas" -- about the real contributions of Italian-Americans to the nation. I've said it before. Here's the nutshell Hollywood version of Italian-American history again: There's never been an Italian who wasn't also a Mafiaso. The real record might shock and delight you. Here it is: First, let's make clear that America's Italian immigrants weren't always considered white.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,SUN STAFF | November 26, 1995
Hickory used to be just a bump in the road, a sleepy crossroads.But urbanization -- the great migration that turns farmland into suburban housing developments and shopping centers -- has shaken the little Harford County community awake to a traffic nightmare.During evening rush hours, those who moved to the cornfields of the north county to escape city congestion find themselves in traffic backups that can stretch for a mile -- from the old crossroads of U.S. 1 and Route 543 in Hickory to the Bel Air roller rink.
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August 27, 1993
Rockin' Dopsie Sr.Zydeco music originatorOPELOUSAS, La. -- Rockin' Dopsie Sr., an originator of the fusion of Cajun music and rhythm and blues known as zydeco, who played on Paul Simon's "Graceland" album, died Thursday of a heart attack."
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March 6, 1992
John Gotti is a thug and a racketeer. He is the head of the largest organized crime gang in greater New York and probably in the country. Federal prosecutors say he is a murderer. He is also an anachronism.Which is not to brush aside Mr. Gotti's trial on murder, conspiracy, extortion, racketeering, gambling and loansharking. It's a lot more than "GoodFellas" or "Bugsy" without the popcorn. Mr. Gotti commands a force of perhaps 400 hoodlums, one of the five notorious Mafia families in New York.
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By Valli Herman and Valli Herman,Los Angeles Daily News | January 2, 1991
THESE GUYS are definitely dressed to kill.The mobsters are back, and they aren't content to rule movie screens. They're gonna get you guys in your closets and stuff you back into sharp-as-knives suits.Gangster glamour has been shooting from screens with summer's cartoonish "Dick Tracy," fall's stylish "GoodFellas" and this season's "The Godfather Part III." In a chicken-or-the-egg scenario, the exquisitely garish tailoring of many mobsters has subtly influenced current men's fashions, which have been looking rather like the 1940s, say industry observers.
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau of The Sun | February 20, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Taking up an issue of keen interest to victims' rights activists, the Supreme Court agreed yesterday to rule on the constitutionality of states' seizure of the money that a criminal would make by selling a story of crime to a book publisher or movie studio.Thirty-four states and the federal government now have such laws, and the first and broadest of those laws -- New York's -- is at issue in the new appeal involving the mobster's story providing the plot for the book "Wiseguy" and the popular movie "GoodFellas."
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March 22, 1991
It's maybe no surprise that ''Dances With Wolves'' is our readers' choice for Best Picture of 1990. Kevin Costner's epic western drew 55 percent of the votes (56 out of 101) of Evening Sun readers and other callers to Lou Cedrone's SUNDIAL Oscar Line. The 63rd Academy Awards will be broadcast Monday night at 9 on ABC.The wildly successful ''Ghost'' was a distant second with 20 percent, followed by the also-rans ''Awakenings'' (11 percent), ''GoodFellas'' (9 percent) and ''Godfather III'' (5 percent)
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By Lou Cedrone | February 20, 1991
Ray Liotta, who plays a mobster in ''GoodFellas'' (''From the time I was a kid, I always wanted to be with the mob,'' he says in the movie), wasn't worried about playing a bad guy. ''Not after doing doing 'Dominic and Eugene' and 'Field of Dreams','' he said. ''Those were very sympathetic roles.''He really has the lead role in ''GoodFellas.'' Robert De Niro is the ''star,'' but he has much less screen time than Liotta.Martin Scorsese directed. That's a lot of name power, but Liotta said he wasn't intimidated.
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