“If you’re part of a crew, nobody ever tells you they’re going to kill you. It doesn’t happen that way. There aren’t any arguments or curses like in the movies. Your murderers come with smiles. They come as your friends. People who cared for you all your life, they always seem to come when you’re weakest and most in need of their help.”
Certainly it’s a long due Martin Scorsese film for me. Here’s a gangster film talks about a bunch of wise guys ruling the underworld like nobody else as united in their good times. But every crime has its own time; once that lucky time is over you’re just another street urchin playing rough smartness. Scorsese’s this film juggles around fair and foul plays of personal and public life of gangsters. It’s finely crafted, brilliantly directed and acted film showing making and breaking of gangster life with all its pretty and ugly sides. Without moralizing, the film manages to convey the dead end horrors of crime life once the happy time is over it’s the hardest to control beyond anybody’s reach. One can fairly put it in the finest films ever made on gangster.
The entire trio of De Niro, Liotta and Pesci had done mind-blowing act here. But above all of three its Joe Pesci who set the fire on screen with his weird, fire mouth, unpredictable, anger on the nose kind of gangster Tonny in all flesh and blood. Undoubtedly he is real monster here and he got Best Supporting Actor Award that year deservingly. Since De Niro and Pesci are fine actors and as far as acting is concerned Ray Liotta is like a kid to them but he had done terrific job here as pissed off gangster Henry.