Based on Nicholas Pileggis book WISEGUY Martin Scorseses GOODFELLAS is a wry violent and exhilarating film about the life of Henry Hill an aspiring criminal who ends up in the FBIs witness protection program after testifying against his former partners. As a poor Irish-Italian growing up in 1950s New York City Hill rises through the ranks of his Brooklyn neighbourhoods organized crime branch and with money from the mob he begins living the good life complete with a beautiful bride Karen (Lorraine Brocco) a fancy home and the best seats at the most exclusive restaurants. A botched robbery lands Henry in prison for a brief period of time and when he gets released his reckless infidelities and drug abuse damage his associations with his adopted family. Scorseses film is a visual and sonic onslaught featuring a brilliant pop-music soundtrack and stunning camera work--including the infamous Steadicam one-take that introduces the audience to the Copacabanas patrons. He uses the songs to infuse a rhythm into every scene that is at once breathtaking and invigorating. Joe Pesci delivers an unforgettable performance as the psychopathic Tommy DeVito whose cold-blooded callousness helped to cement GOODFELLAS place as a classic portrait of life in the mob.