Goodfellas (1990) Movie poster and book cover compared.

Goodfellas

Martin Scorsese, 1990

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Wiseguy
Nicholas Pileggi, 1985

Goodfellas is a movie directed by Martin Scorsese in 1990 and based on the book Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family by Nicholas Pileggi, first published in 1985. The movie features Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Sivero, and others.

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RATING

8.7

/ 10

Movie Poster: Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)

8.3

/ 10

Book Cover: Wiseguy (Nicholas Pileggi, 1985)

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AUDIOBOOK

Audiobook cover of Wiseguy, the 1985 book by Nicholas Pileggi.

Wiseguy

Read by: Ari Fliakos

Storyline

In 1955, a young Henry Hill becomes enamored of the criminal life and Mafia presence in his working class Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn. Henry starts dating Karen Friedman, a Jewish woman. In 1970, Billy Batts, a made man in the Gambino crew who was recently released from prison, repeatedly insults Tommy at a nightclub owned by Henry; Tommy and Jimmy then beat, stab and shoot him to death.

Movie vs Book

Poster of Goodfellas, the 1990 movie by Martin Scorsese

Year

1990

Minutes

146

Movie Rate

8.70

Source: IMDb

Movie

Goodfellas

Country: USA

Year: 1990

Length: 2h26m

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Cover of Wiseguy, the 1985 book by Nicholas Pileggi

Year

1985

Pages

320

Book Rate

8.36

S: Goodreads

Book

Wiseguy

Subtitle: Life in a Mafia Family

Country: USA

First published in: 1985

Length: 320 pages

Genre: Biography

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Poster of Goodfellas, the 1990 movie by Martin Scorsese

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Poster of Goodfellas, the 1990 movie by Martin Scorsese

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17 votes

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Cover of Wiseguy, the 1985 book by Nicholas Pileggi

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