the age of twelve, my ambition was to become a gangster. To
be a wiseguy was better than being President of the United
States. To be a wiseguy was to own the world." -
Questioning the Story:
Is Henry Hill the only character in Goodfellas
who is based on a real life mobster?
No. The other characters represent real life mobsters
except their names were changed. Jimmy The Gent
Conway (Robert De Niro) is Jimmy Burke, Tommy DeVito (Joe
Pesci) is Tommy DeSimone (nephew of former Los Angeles boss
Frank DeSimone) and Paul Cicero (Paul Sorvino) is Paul Vario.
How many times is the 'F' word used in the film?
, including the I'm a
Goodfella tee, have helped fans celebrate
the movie and feel like part of the "family".
According to Entertainment Weekly's June 27, 2008 issue, the 'F' word is
used 265 times in the movie Goodfellas. One of the only major motion pictures
to drop more f-bombs is Pulp Fiction, where the f-word can be heard 269 times.
Other notable mentions include the animated film South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, which
boasts a total of 140 f-bombs, and the Eminem rap saga 8 Mile, which offers more than 150 uses of the f-word (usatoday.com).
Was Henry Hill really arrested for the first time for selling
No. Henry Hill's first arrest was for using a stolen credit
card in a gas station to buy a couple of tires. Also, Cicero
(Vario) did not congratulate Henry afterwards for keeping
his mouth shut; Cicero was behind bars at the time for contempt.
Was Henry Hill in the Army?
1960, when Henry was seventeen, he joined the army
and became part of the US Army Paratroopers. He was stationed
at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Henry remained in the Army
until 1963, but always kept in touch with Tuddy and Paulie.
Did Karen Hill really flush a kilo of coke down the toilet
when the police raided the house?
No, this was likely added to heighten the tension of that
Who lived to reap the benefits of the Lufthansa Heist?
In his Jonesville Station radio interview linked
below, Henry Hill tells Glenn Jones that he didn't get any
of the money from the famous heist that occurred on December
11, 1978 at the Lufthansa Air Cargo terminal in New York
City. 72 fifteen-pound cartons of untraceable money were
removed from the vault. Henry says that most of the money
was probably taken by the mob bosses. Of the six criminals
involved in the heist, Henry is the only one still alive
the murders following the Lufthansa Heist represented accurately?
The murders occurred, but the film shows them out of order.
Some even happened months and years after the heist.
QUESTION) I heard that the FBI agent at the end of the film
who persuades Henry (Ray Liotta) and Karen (Lorraine Bracco)
to go into the Witness Protection Program was the actual real
life agent who convinced the real Henry and Karen Hill that
they had no real choice. Is this true?
Yes. It is the actual real life FBI agent in the film.
left are Henry Hill and his wife Karen
What happened to Henry Hill after joining the Witness
The first seven years of Henry Hill's life-after-the-mob
included trials and testifying. Henry Hill was also involved
in the composition of Nicholas Pileggi's "WISEGUY",
which is the basis for the film Goodfellas. He has
subsequently been involved in the writing of several other
books, including a cookbook and A Goodfella's Guide to
Henry Hill still in the Witness Protection Program?
No, Henry Hill and his family are no longer in the Witness
Protection Program. In an online Court TV chat session Henry
said the following, "I am officially out of the Witness
Protection Program. It's a great program, but for a person
like myself in the field of business that I'm in today,
it's a bit difficult. I do commend those people. They risk
their lives for scumbags like myself." At the time
of his entry into the program, officials played him taped
recordings of his enemies ordering his death.
Is Martin Scorcese's mother really in Goodfellas?
Yes. She has a bit part with Joe Pesci. They ad-libbed a
scene about his character borrowing a ridiculously large
What awards has the film been accredited with?
Goodfellas was nominated for six 1990 Academy Awards, including
Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actress, and Screenplay.
It won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, which
was awarded to Joe Pesci for his role as Tommy DeVito. The
film went on to be ranked #94 on the American Film Institute's
"100 Greatest Movies" list compiled in 1996.
Does Henry Hill find the Sopranos an accurate portrayal
of the mob?
In a Court TV online chat session, Henry said the following
about the Sopranos, "The Sopranos is the closest thing
to the real life that I've ever seen. And if Tony Soprano
would move into Bensonhurst or Harlem he would fit in as
a Capo. His cookbook sucks, though. It's the only thing
phony about the show." You can purchase Henry Hill's
acclaimed cookbook at the right.
Does Henry Hill have a website?
Yes. Henry Hill does have a website. You can find it at
Be sure to check out the "Threat of the Week,"
but mind the profanity.
to Henry Hill Talk About His Life, the Film, and What He
Does in His Life After the Mob:
a radio show interview, Henry Hill talks to Glenn Jones
on his show Jonesville Station. Henry answers questions
about life after the mob, working on books, the Lufthansa
Heist, and even slips in a few cusswords before Glenn Jones
has to remind him that he is on the radio.
- Henry Hill's Personal Website
About the Lufthansa Heist (at crimelibrary.com)
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