Directed by Martin Scorsese
Sometimes I feel like if you have seen one gangster movie, you have seen them all (particularly since Robert De Niro is constantly the star). However, this film is certainly something special. Hell, it's worth seeing just for the opening lines.
Henry Hill has aspired to be a gangster his entire life. He jumps at the opportunity to work for a local mob leader Paulie Cicero and his associates Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito. The plot is pretty standard as far as this genre goes: Henry rises, Henry falls.
It is hard to put my finger on what makes this movie unique. In a lot of ways, it is like every gangster movie we have seen before. The performances are obviously spectacular. At this point, you kind of expect Robert De Niro to be amazing. Joe Pesci's skills caught me by surprise, as I didn't find his performance in Raging Bull to be that impressive. Perhaps the reason this one stands out to me is the likability of the characters, as our usual mobsters are crass rapists.
Definitely one of my favorite Scorsese films. And if you like it, you can then watch Casino which is basically the same thing.
The word "fuck" is used 321 times.
Tommy's mother was actually played by Martin Scorsese's mother.