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goodfellas - Neal Stearns October 11, 2006 Goodfellas: The...

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Neal Stearns October 11, 2006 Goodfellas: The Rise and Fall of Working Class Gangsters What separates Goodfellas from most other gangster themed movies is that the main characters never rise to high profiles within their organized crime family before their eventual fall. The main characters of Henry, Jimmy, and Tommy never make it past their status as soldiers and associates. This is due to Henry and Jimmy not being 100% Italian and Tommy having killed a made man in a competing crime family. Thus in Goodfellas the director, Martin Scorsese , give viewers a unique glimpse into the world of the working class gangster. The main character of the film, Henry Hill, grows up in a fairly typical working class neighborhood in New York City which happens to be predominantly Italian. Henry Hill, as a young teen, idolizes the gangsters in his neighborhood for getting living what he perceives to be the easy life. The men seem to have it all, friends, girls, cars, cash, and, most importantly, respect. Henry recollects, "Being a gangster was better than being the President of the United
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This essay was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ILCS 158 taught by Professor Gloriapastorino during the Fall '07 term at UConn.

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