Starring: Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Sivero, Tony Darrow, Mike Starr, Frank Vincent, Chuck Low, Anthony Polemeni
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Crime drama directed and co-written by Martin Scorsese, based on an adaptation of the non-fiction novel “Wiseguy” by Nicholas Pileggi. The story centers on small time gangster, Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), who grows up in the mob and works very hard to advance himself through the ranks. It covers his relationship with his wife, Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco), and his mob partners, Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro), and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci), in the Italian-American crime syndicate. He enjoys his life of money and luxury, but is oblivious to the horror that he causes. A drug addiction and a few mistakes ultimately unravel his climb to the top.
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Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 43)
Young Henry Hill: What the fuck is that?
Henry Hill: [voice over] As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.
Henry Hill: [voice over] To me being a gangster was better than being president of the United States.
Henry Hill: [voice over] Tuddy ran the cabstand and the Bella Vista Pizzeria and other places for his brother Paul, who was the boss of the neighborhood. Paulie might have moved slow but it was only because Paulie didn’t have to move for anybody.
Henry Hill: [voice over] Jimmy was the kind of guy that rooted for bad guys in the movies.
Jimmy Conway: I’m not mad, I’m proud of you. You took your first pinch like a man and you learned the two greatest things in life.
Young Henry: What?
Jimmy Conway: Look at me. Never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut.
Henry Hill: [voice over] Whenever we needed money, we’d rob the airport. To us, it was better than Citibank.
Henry Hill: [voice over] And then there was Jimmy Two-Times, nicknamed because he said everything twice.
Jimmy Two Times: I’ll get the papers, get the papers.
Henry Hill: [voice over] For us to live any other way was nuts. To us those goody-good people who worked shitty jobs for bum paychecks and took the subway to work and
worried about bills, were dead. They were suckers. They had no balls. If we wanted something, we just took it.
Paul Cicero: Tommy’s a bad seed. What am I supposed to do? Shoot him?
Copa Captain: That wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Henry Hill: [voice over] Now he’s got Paulie as a partner. Any problems, he goes to Paulie. Trouble with a bill, to Paulie. Trouble with cops, deliveries, Tommy, he calls Paulie. But now he has to pay Paulie every week no matter what. “Business bad? Fuck you, pay me. Oh, had a fire? Fuck you, pay me. The place got hit by lightning? Fuck you, pay me.”
Tommy DeVito: In this day and age, what the fuck is this world coming to? I can’t believe this. A Jew broad, prejudiced against Italians.
[after Henry has stood her up]
Karen Hill: You got some nerve standing me up. Nobody does that to me. Who do you think you are, Frankie Valli or some big shot?! I forgot.
Henry Hill: I thought it was next week.
Karen Hill: It was this Friday and you agreed, so you’re a liar!
Henry Hill: We can talk about this.
Karen Hill: Talk to you after what you just did to me? Forget it.
[Henry’s just asked Karen out again to make up for standing her up]
Henry Hill: [voice over] I remember, she’s screaming on the street and I mean loud. But she looked good.
Karen Hill: I’ll think about it. But it’ll cost you, Hill. A lot.
Henry Hill: [voice over] She had these great eyes, like Liz Taylor’s.
Karen Hill: What do you do?
Henry Hill: I’m in construction.
[she feels his hands]
Karen Hill: They don’t feel like you’re in construction.
Henry Hill: I’m a union delegate.
[talking about Henry]
Karen Hill: [voice over] One night, Bobby Vinton sent us champagne. There was nothing like it. I didn’t think there was anything strange in any of this. A twenty one year old kid with such connections. He was an exciting guy. He was really nice. He introduced me to everybody. Everybody wanted to be nice to him. He knew how to handle it.
Morrie: What am I? A schmuck on wheels?
[Henry gives Karen the gun he just used to threaten the guy who had attacked her]
Karen Hill: [voice over] I know there are women who would have gotten out the minute their boyfriend gave them a gun to hide. But I didn’t. I got to admit the truth. It turned me on.
Karen Hill: [voice over] It was like he had two families. The first time I was introduced to all of them at once, it was crazy. Paulie and his brothers had lots of sons and nephews. Almost all of them were named Peter or Paul. It was unbelievable.
Karen Hill: [voice over] After a while, it got to be all normal. None of it seemed like crimes. Henry was just enterprising. He and the guys make bucks hustling while other guys sat on their asses waiting for handouts. Our husbands weren’t brain surgeons, just blue-collar guys. The only way they could make real money was to go out and cut corners.
Billy Batts: Don’t get too big on me.
Tommy DeVito: Just don’t bust my balls.
Billy Batts: If I was going to bust your balls, I’d say, “Go get your shine box.”
[to his friends]
Billy Batts: This kid was great. Spitshine Tommy.” He’d make your shoes look like fucking mirrors. Excuse my language. He was the best. Made a lot of money.
Henry Hill: [voice over] For most of the guys, killings were accepted. Murder was the only way everybody stayed in line. You got out of line, you got whacked. Everybody knew the rules. Sometimes, even if people didn’t get out of line, they got whacked.
Henry Hill: [voice over] We had a serious problem with Billy Batts. This was really a touchy thing. Tommy killed a made guy. Batts was part of the Gambino crew and considered untouchable. Before you touched a made guy, you needed a good reason. You had to get an okay or you’d get whacked.
[Henry, Jimmy and Tommy are digging up Billy Batts’ decomposed corpse. Henry’s coughing from the stench, while the others don’t appear to be bothered]
Tommy DeVito: Hey, Henry, Henry, Henry, hurry up. My mother’s making fried peppers and sausage for us.
[Jimmy and Tommy laugh while Henry coughs]
Jimmy Conway: Oh, hey, Henry, Henry! Here’s an arm!
Henry Hill: Very funny.
Jimmy Conway: Here’s a leg!
Tommy DeVito: Here’s a wing!
Tommy DeVito: Hey, What do you like, the leg or the wing? Or you still prefer the hearts and lungs?
Henry Hill: Oh, that’s so bad!
Tommy DeVito: What am I, a mirage?
[Tommy mocks Spider]
Tommy DeVito: Oklahoma Kid, that’s me. You fucking varmint. Dance! Yahoo, motherfucker! Round up those fucking wagons. Now he’s moving.
[then he shoots Spider in the foot]
Tommy DeVito: Hey, Spider, that bandage on your foot is bigger than your fucking head.
[after Spider tells Tommy to “go fuck yourself”]
Jimmy Conway: I can’t believe what I heard.
[he throws some money on the table]
Jimmy Conway: This is for you. I got respect for this kid. He’s got a lot of balls. Good, don’t take shit from nobody. He tells him to go fuck himself.
[to Tommy, joking]
Jimmy Conway: Tommy, you going to let this fucking punk get away with that? What’s the world coming to?
Tommy DeVito: That’s what the fucking world’s coming to.
[Tommy pulls out a gun and shoots Spider in the chest]
[after Tommy has shot Spider]
Jimmy Conway: I’m kidding with you, you fucking shoot the guy?!
Henry Hill: He’s dead.
Tommy DeVito: Good shot. I’m a good shot.
Anthony Stabile: Hard to miss at this distance.
[buzzing over and over on her husband’s girlfriend’s apartment intercom]
Karen Hill: It’s Karen Hill. I want to talk to you. Hello? Don’t hang up on me! I want to talk to you! You keep away from my husband, you hear me? Open the door! Answer me! I’ll tell everyone who walks in here that in 2R, Rossi, you are nothing but a whore!
[gets on phone]
Karen Hill: Superintendent? Yes, sir, I want you to know you have a whore in 2R! Rossi, Janice Rossi. Do you hear me? He’s my husband! Get your own goddamn man!
Henry Hill: [voice over] In prison, dinner was always a big thing. We had a pasta course, then we had a meat or a fish. Paulie was doing a year for contempt and had a wonderful system for garlic. He used a razor and sliced it so thin it would liquefy in the pan with a little oil. It’s a very good system. Vinnie was in charge of the tomato sauce.
Henry Hill: [voice over] When you think of prison you get pictures in your mind of all those old movies with rows and rows of guys behind bars. It wasn’t like that for wiseguys.
Stacks Edwards: What time is it?
Tommy DeVito: Eleven thirty, we were to be there by nine.
Stacks Edwards: I’ll be ready in a minute.
Tommy DeVito: Yeah, you’re always late. You’d be late for your own fucking funeral.
[after killing Morrie]
Tommy DeVito: I thought he’d never shut the fuck up.
Jimmy Conway: What a pain in the ass.
[knocks on the car window of two cops following him]
Jimmy Conway: Come on fuckos. Let’s go for a ride.
Henry Hill: [voice over] When they found Carbone in the meat truck he was frozen so stiff it took them three days to thaw him out for the autopsy.
Henry Hill: [voice over] I only bought the damn guns because he wanted them and now he didn’t want them.
Jimmy Conway: What the fuck are these? None of them fit. What’s the matter with you? What, do you want me to pay for this shit? I’m not paying for it!
Henry Hill: [voice over] I didn’t say a thing. He was so pissed off, he didn’t even say goodbye.
Jimmy Conway: Stop with those fucking drugs. They’re making your mind into mush. You hear me? Take them back!
Henry Hill: You know, we always called each other good fellas. Like you said to, uh,
somebody, “You’re going to like this guy. He’s all right. He’s a good fella. He’s one of us.” You understand? We were good fellas. Wiseguys. But Jimmy and I could never be made because we had Irish blood. It didn’t even matter that my mother was Sicilian. To become a member of a crew you’ve got to be one hundred per cent Italian so they can trace all your relatives back to the old country. See, it’s the highest honor they can give you. It means you belong to a family and crew. It means that nobody can fuck around with you. It also means you could fuck around with anybody just as long as they aren’t also a member. It’s like a license to steal. It’s a license to do anything. As far as Jimmy was concerned with Tommy being made, it was like we were all being made. We would now have one of our own as a member.
Henry Hill: [voice over] It was revenge for Billy Batts, and a lot of other things. That’s that. There was nothing we could do about it. Batts was a made man, Tommy wasn’t. We had to sit still and take it. It was among the Italians. It was real greaseball shit. They even shot Tommy in the face so his mother couldn’t give him an open-casket funeral.
[Henry has just been busted for dealing drugs]
Henry Hill: [voice over] For a second I thought I was dead. But, when I heard all the noise, I knew they were cops. Only cops talk that way. If they’d been wiseguys, I wouldn’t have heard a thing. I would’ve been dead.
Henry Hill: [voice over] Jimmy had never asked me to whack somebody before. But now he’s asking me to go to Florida and do a hit with Anthony.
[Jimmy gives him a pack of matches with a number]
Henry Hill: [voice over] That’s when I knew I would never have come back from Florida alive.
Henry Hill: [voice over] If you’re part of a crew nobody tells you they’re going to kill you. It doesn’t happen that way. There aren’t any arguments or curses like in the movies. Your murderers come with smiles. They come as your friends. People who cared for you all your life. They always seem to come when you’re weakest and most in need of their help.
[last lines; Henry is in the witness stand]
Henry Hill: [voice over] Anything I wanted was a phone call away. Free cars. The keys to a dozen hideout flats all over the city. I bet twenty, thirty grand over a weekend and then I’d either blow the winnings in a week or go to the sharks to pay back the bookies.
[Henry leaves the witness stand and speaks directly to the camera]
Henry Hill: Didn’t matter. It didn’t mean anything. When I was broke, I’d go out and rob some more. We ran everything. We paid off cops. We paid off lawyers. We paid off judges. Everybody had their hands out. Everything was for the taking. And now it’s all over.
[we see Henry now living in a typical suburban street]
Henry Hill: [voice over] And that’s the hardest part. Today everything is different, there’s no action, I have to wait around like everyone else. Can’t even get decent food. Right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce, and I got egg noodles with ketchup. I’m an average nobody, gets to live the rest of my life like a schnook.
Total Quotes: 43