From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Goodfellas (also spelled GoodFellas) is an Academy Award winning 1990 crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, the true story of mob informer Henry Hill.
The film stars Ray Liotta as Hill, Robert De Niro as Jimmy Conway who is actually based on Jimmy Burke, Joe Pesci, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the sociopath Tommy DeVito based on Tommy DeSimone, Lorraine Bracco as Hill's wife Karen Hill, and Paul Sorvino as Paulie Cicero who is based on Paul Vario.
Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) admits,"As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a gangster," idolizing the Lucchese crime family gangsters in his blue-collar, predominantly Italian neighborhood in East New York, Brooklyn. Feeling the connection of being a part of something, Henry quits school and goes to work for them.