…from the Happy Hour Bar
How you doin’? Goodfellas is a 1990 American biographical crime film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Nicholas Pileggi and Scorsese, and produced by Irwin Winkler. It is a film adaptation of the 1985 nonfiction book Wiseguy. The movie starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino, narrates the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill and his friends and family from 1955 to 1980.
Scorsese initially titled the film Wise Guy and postponed making it; he and Pileggi later changed the title to Goodfellas. To prepare for their roles in the film, De Niro, Pesci and Liotta often spoke with Pileggi, who shared research material left over from writing the book. According to Pesci, improvisation and ad-libbing came out of rehearsals wherein Scorsese gave the actors freedom to do whatever they wanted. The director made transcripts of these sessions, took the lines he liked most and put them into a revised script, which the cast worked from during principal photography.
Goodfellas premiered at the 47th Venice International Film Festival on September 9, 1990, where Scorsese was awarded with Silver Lion for Best Director, and was released in the United States on September 19, 1990 by Warner Bros. The film was made on a budget of $25 million, and grossed $47 million. The critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes calls it "arguably the high point of Martin Scorsese's career." The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, with Pesci winning for Best Supporting Actor.
Goodfellas is widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, particularly in the gangster genre. My Goodfellas Cocktail is arguably one of the best cocktails served in bars around New York, New Jersey and Las Vegas.
1 large round ice cube
1 ounce Pimms Cup No 1
1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
1 ounce cognac
1/4 ounce simple syrup
ChefSecret: This drink presents best with one large round ice cube as pictured.
Quip of the Day: I was recently told, “Being 20 in the 70’s was much more fun than being 70 in the ‘20s.”
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