Rated: R for language and violence Reviewed by: Frank and Chris Release date: September 19, 1990 Released by:
Martin Scorsese directs a group of talented actors in a "based on fact" story about the Mafia Ray Liotta plays Henry Hill, an ambitious young man of Irish-Italian descent, who begins working for the mob by parking their Cadillacs and doing odd jobs in 1955. He works his way up to being one of the gang, along with Robert DeNiro, whose talent is hijacking trucks and Joe Pesci, a psychotic brute who settles arguments by shooting his adversaries. Hill gets caught up in the celebrity-like life style: unlimited cash, respect and power.
The direction of the film, especially when the pace is speeded up during a scene when Hill is on cocaine, is fascinating and each actor's performance is noteworthy. The intimate look into the cloistered life of the mobster is gritty and interesting; however, the numerous graphic violent murders and vulgarity was a turnoff.