Things You Didn’t Know About The Classic Mob Flick ‘Goodfellas’

In 1990, director Martin Scorcese came out with his American crime film Goodfellas. An adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi’s non-fiction book Wiseguys, it tells the story of mobster Henry Hill and his time in the Lucchese crime family in New York between 1950 and 1980. Over the years, it has earned a reputation as one of the greatest crime films of all time. Although the movie is now a classic, the behind-the-scenes stories and facts about the actors and the real Lucchese family are not as well known. Read on to learn what went into making Goodfellas come to life.

Both of Martin Scorcese’s Parents Have Cameos

Photo Credits: Warner Bros.
Photo Credits: Warner Bros.

Scorcese made sure to put a little bit of himself in the film by including both of his parents in cameo roles. His mother played Tommy’s mother during the infamous dinner scene. She executed the part of an elderly Italian mother who was far too concerned whether the boys had eaten or not.

She also remained oblivious to the fact that the trio is on the way to get rid of the corpse of Billy Batt, whom Tommy had just savagely “offed.” Scorcese’s father had a smaller role, as the character Vinny who always put too many onions in the tomato sauce.