Sunday 22nd August 2010


Director: Martin Scorsese
Year: 1990
Stars: Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Braco, Paul Sorvino

I'd seen this many years ago, when I was much younger, it came on TV and I couldn't stop watching it. Dan, however, had never seen it - and I had to find a way to prove to him that Scorsese could be talented when he wanted to be. The problem was finding the time to watch a 3 hour-long movie...

Well, it was a quiet Sunday afternoon and we weren't doing much else, so it seemed like the right time. And the film is basically as good as I remembered it. Henry Hill grows up working for the mob, and the film follows his life as he enters the group, works with them, gets married etc. etc. It's based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi (a biography about Hill), so some of this at least is true (something I didn't realise when I watched it as a teenager).

It's still a great mafia movie, and has all the ingredients you want, and expect, from such a film. It also manages to keep you interested, actually having enough plot to fill the almost three hour long running time. If you haven't seen it, why not?

Rating: 4 out of 5

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I live in Bristol with my husband Dan (who I married in July 2007), my son Joe (born 2012) and daughter Jess (born 2015). I work at UWE (the University of the West of England) in Bristol as a Research and Open Access Librarian. I'm orginally from Exeter, so moving back to Bristol is a bit like coming home - especially as I studied for my undergraduate degree here (also at UWE). I love travelling and movies, although I get to do a lot less of both since the birth of our children. Although we have still managed to fit in holidays to the Isles of Scilly, Chamonix and a summer in California since Joe was born.