Goodfellas (1990)

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Corrected entry: After Henry gets out of prison and goes to Paulie's house for dinner, Paulie says, "I bet you never ate this good in prison?" Only a few scenes earlier, there's a prolonged scene of all the great food "wise guys" eat in jail. Both Paulie AND Henry are in that scene.

Correction: Paulie was in prison for a year, Henry was in for ten. Henry wouldn't have had access to all the nice food and cooking after Paulie and other wiseguy inmates were released. Added to this Paulie was referring to the standard of cooking. Whilst the wise guys in the prison got good food and were pretty good cooks they couldn't make everything they wanted. In the prison scene Henry says "We didn't have access to a broiler" so they were limited with certain areas of their cooking and what could be made.

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Corrected entry: When Karen is sitting on Henry's chest, confronting him about his girlfriend Janice, with a gun in his face, you can look in the cylinder of the .38 in every shot that looks down the barrel and see that the cylinder is empty. The gun is not loaded.

Correction: Despite the gun not being loaded, both characters may not have noticed. Karen was extremely emotional and wanting to prove something to Henry, whilst Henry was looking at his wife trying to calm her down. One of the other factors in the scene was that Karen says "I couldn't bring myself to shoot him" meaning she may have even unloaded it or kept one round empty to make sure she didn't shoot him no matter what.

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Corrected entry: When Tommy shoots Stacks, in the first viewing he holds the gun close to the back of Stacks' head. In the slow-mo replay, Tommy is shooting from so far away that Stacks isn't even in shot.

Correction: If you notice in the orignal scene, Tommy shoots Stacks in the back of the head and Stacks slumps over. Then off camera you hear Tommy shooting Stacks several times again. The off camera shot is the one repeated in slo-mo not the original head shot.

Corrected entry: Billy Batts gets whacked in June, 1970. He is then driven away and buried upstate. Yet when Jimmy Conway tells Tommy and Henry - six months later - that they have to dig up his body because they are set to build in this spot they are all wearing short-sleeved shirts. Six months later? That would make it December. It's doubtful anyone would be digging up a body in upstate New York in December with short sleeves on.

Correction: They are working right next to a roaring fire- between that warmth and working hard to shovel frozen ground, it would be reason enough to remove their coats and work in their short sleeves, even in December in the woods.

Corrected entry: When Tommy goes to Kill "Stacks" in his apartment (Samuel Jackson), count the shots that are used to kill him. Now compare that number to the amount of shots fired when they replay the scene in slow will notice they are different.

Correction: This doesn't seem to be a replay of the actual scene. The guy that comes with Tommy is seen in the doorway during the first shot of Tommy killing Stacks, but, in the later scene, he's not there, which implies that it is not a straight replay of the scene. Remember that Henry Hill's character recounts the whole film through narration - this is presumably how he remembered the killing of Stacks, rather than the actual event.

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Corrected entry: When the henchmen start being killed off, the one who is found in the meat freezer hanging from a meat hook can be seen to be breathing slightly.

Correction: Whilst it looks like he is breathing slightly, the camera isn't completely still; it's the jiggling of the camera that gives the impression he is breathing.

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Corrected entry: When Karen is sitting on top of Henry in the bed with a gun pointed to his face, the gun keeps changing colors. One second it's silver, the next it's black.

Correction: Looking from Henry's view it does look black and silver from Karen's viewpoint, the shadow seems to make it look black. From the sidepoint the shadow makes the barrel of the gun look black. While this may not be a mistake it certainly looks as if the lights have not been consistent from the different viewpoints.

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Corrected entry: When Henry Hill calls his home from the hotel room and tells the girl not to make any outside calls for fear of his phone being tapped by the police, wouldn't they be listening to the incoming calls as well?

Correction: In the scene he knows that she is going to make a call to check on her flight or something like that. He knows that because she will need to make a call that the information will tip off the cops. Its not likely he thought someone would call up and give details of any crimes to her or anyone else in the house so I dont think the cops would be able to get anything from incoming calls. In essence he only tells her about making calls because he wants to remind her that the phone is almost certainly bugged by the police.

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Corrected entry: When Tommy and Henry hijack a truck and Tommy asks to ride shotgun, he fires his revolver in the air 7 times through a paper bag. The revolver only holds 6 shots.

Correction: Tommy only shoots the gun 5 times.

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie they pull to the side of the road and stab and shoot the not yet dead man in the trunk. In this scene Jimmy shoots him 4 times. Later, when they get to this scene in the story and show it again in slow mo, Jimmy fires the gun 6 times. (01:00:34)

Correction: Jimmy shoots the gun 3 times in each scene.

Corrected entry: When Spider insults Tommy he suddenly draws his gun and kills him, and the other people at the table quickly take cover from the gunfire. However, if you watch the other actors at the table, they all begin ducking out of the way before he even takes his gun out.

Correction: This is deliberate. They know Tommy has an explosive temper and he is likely to do something violent.

Corrected entry: There is a scene when Samuel L Jackson is killed in his bedroom. He's not wearing trousers, but after the murder there is a shot of him lying on the floor with trousers on.

Correction: He's pulling them on as he gets shot.

Corrected entry: When Karen goes to confront Janice about her affair with Henry, she pages Janice through the building intercom. Janice is seen crying on her couch and trying to cover her ears from the sound of Karen screaming at her. It is impossible for her to hear everything Karen is saying because she is not holding the "Listen" button on the intercom. All she would here is a buzzing sound.

Correction: That is how they used to be made. If someone buzzes your apartment, it would go right to listen and talk.

Corrected entry: Ray Liotta's character is wearing the Star of David around his neck, and then the camera cuts away and then back again and he is wearing the Cross of Christ.

Correction: This is commonly pointed out as a gaffe, but if you view throughout the scene, you will notice that Henry wears a chain with BOTH a Star of David and a crucifix...a nod to his union with his wife - Catholic and Jew together.

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Lorraine Bracco points a revolver at Ray Liotta's head, after Ray Liotta turns the tables and now points the gun at Lorraine Bracco as he gets up and walks away you can see Ray Liotta steps on Lorraine Bracco's hand and she opens her mouth wide like shes screaming but it must have been cut from the audio, as Ray walks off camera his expression changes to show that he knew he had accidentally stepped on his co-workers hand.

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Henry Hill: What happened?
Jimmy Conway: They whacked him. They fucking whacked him. I can't fucking believe it.

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Trivia: The entire "How am I funny?" scene was improvised by Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta.

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