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For this segment of THE WORD we have the opneing line to one of the greatest films ever made, Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas

The film is based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, which tells the true story of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), a gangster with ties to the New York Mafia, who ended up as an FBI informant. The films portrays the rough and ruthless but often glamourous lifestyle the wiseguys of the mob revelled in. Goodfellas is wonderfully written, directed and acted and is rightly thought of as a true Scorsese masterpiece.

The opening line (part of Henry Hill’s narration) sets the tone for the film, and right from the get-go you are swept along for the the ride:

 

“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”

 

From the film Goodfellas, directed by Martin Scorsese.

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Written by Dale Weber

Thursday, 18 September, 2008 at 5:02 pm

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