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Goodfellas summary

Wannabe gangster Henry Hill climbs the ladder through the hierarchy of the mob, but Henry's career falls apart after getting involved with drugs and has to rat on his former mob associates in order to save himself.
Based on a true story "Goodfellas" came out in 1990. This movie begins in the late 40's when Henry Hill played by Rat Loitta was a young Italian-American in a New York City neighborhood. At Henry's young age he begins an obsession with the local gangsters in his neighborhood. Henry wants to become a gangster because they seem to have good lives with the way they dress and act. So Henry goes against his parents will to work for the mob. Still just a kid Henry begins parking the cars for the gangsters then continues his young criminal career buy selling stolen cigarettes on the streets. The police arrest Henry for selling stolen cigarettes but his arrest open's his career to new heights when he doesn't tell the police anything about the mob he works for. The local mob boss, Paul Cicero (played by Paul Sorvino) recognizes Henry for his silence to the police. Henry then continues up the gangster ladder working with Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) in their teenage years. Henry continues his gangster activity and marries a Jewish girl named Karen (played by Lorraine Bracco). Karen falls in love with Henry and is fascinated by his career as a gangster. Henry, Tommy, and Jimmy then steal cargo worth millions of dollars from an airliner at a near by airport (JFK airport) and pay Paul (the mob boss) his share. The gangsters continue their careers. Tommy becomes the most violent one out of the group always trying to prove his toughness with violence. Jimmy becomes obsessed with hijacking and theft. As the years go by the Henry picks up a cocaine addiction and traffics cocaine for profit even though selling drugs is strictly prohibited