• 18
  • Martin Scorsese (1990)
  • US
  • 139 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

This unflinching depiction of the attraction and brutal reality of the Mafia lifestyle from Martin Scorsese is a masterwork on every artistic level. Direction, script (based on Nicholas Pileggi's non-fiction book Wiseguy), photography, ensemble acting (Joe Pesci won a deserved Oscar, but he's matched by Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta) and driving pop and rock soundtrack seamlessly combine to dazzling effect in this instant classic. Crackling with raw energy, Scorsese's fascinating new take on themes explored in his earlier Mean Streets enthrals from the first violent frames to the stunning final sequence. Be prepared to be completely bowled over by a director at the peak of his talents and in full control of top-notch material.

Plot Summary

Martin Scorsese's crime drama, starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci. In 1950s New York, Irish-Italian schoolboy Henry Hill dreams of becoming a gangster and lands a job parking cars for the Mob. Having earned the respect of the local Mafia boss, he is teamed with hitmen James Conway and Tommy DeVito. But as the years pass, Hill finds his allegiance to the Mob challenged as he descends deeper into organised crime.

Cast and crew


James Conway
Robert De Niro
Henry Hill
Ray Liotta
Tommy DeVito
Joe Pesci
Karen Hill
Lorraine Bracco
Paul Cicero
Paul Sorvino
Frankie Carbone
Frank Sivero
Sonny Bunz
Tony Darrow
Mike Starr
Billy Batts
Frank Vincent
Morris Kessler
Chuck Low
Tommy's mother
Catherine Scorsese
Tuddy Cicero
Frank DiLeo
Henny Youngman
Henny Youngman
Janice Rossi
Gina Mastrogiacomo
Charles Scorsese
Karen's mother
Suzanne Shepherd
Debi Mazar
Samuel L Jackson
Michael Imperioli


Martin Scorsese

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Brothers
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18

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