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The Egg
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Something that always really bothered me about Goodfellas
Why the frick does Jimmy put so much ketchup on his food?

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Wally Sparks
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re: Something that always really bothered me about Goodfellas
For that scene, De Niro actually asked the real Henry Hill how the real Jimmy Conway (Burke) dispensed ketchup.


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Hester Carries
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re: Something that always really bothered me about Goodfellas
I like it. It points out that these mob dudes are all low-life scumbags pretending to be classy dudes in their suits and shite.


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kciDAtaE
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re: Something that always really bothered me about Goodfellas
I always thought it was a play on the final scene. Jimmy is Irish so he doesn’t know marinara sauce.

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Right after I got here I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce and I got egg noodles and ketchup.


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jchamil
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re: Something that always really bothered me about Goodfellas
I just figured Tommy's mom was a shitty cook


i am dan
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re: Something that always really bothered me about Goodfellas
My question is did she have that painting sitting next to her legs the whole conversation just to bring it up at the end.



Twenty 49
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re: Something that always really bothered me about Goodfellas
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My question is did she have that painting sitting next to her legs the whole conversation just to bring it up at the end.


I never caught that.

There is a weird cut/edit when she starts to get the painting, and it almost magically appears.

Start about 3:10 of this clip


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Ham And Glass
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re: Something that always really bothered me about Goodfellas
Tommy has an uninhabited, evil look in his eyes while his mother is talking. Like that of someone that either just took a human life or of someone that just saw his friend kill a pasta dish with ketchup.


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Fewer Kilometers
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re: Something that always really bothered me about Goodfellas
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My question is did she have that painting sitting next to her legs the whole conversation just to bring it up at the end.

They start the scene with her after she's dressed and is the process of sitting at the table. She could've leaned it against DiNero's chair before she sat. There's also a cut before she pulls it up, so all bets are off.


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jchamil
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re: Something that always really bothered me about Goodfellas
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My question is did she have that painting sitting next to her legs the whole conversation just to bring it up at the end.



That is weird. Did you see where the guy who posted the video said the entire scene was improvised except for the part about the painting? Maybe Scorsese's mom just really wanted to get her painting in the movie?


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mizzoubuckeyeiowa
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re: Something that always really bothered me about Goodfellas
Yeah, that wouldn't fly in an Italian household.

I love how he drenches the dish in Ketchup and then tells the Mom, delicious, delicious.

Yeah no shite, you just drenched it in Ketchup. That would make a horse apple taste edible.

I can't stand when people alter a dish by adding way too much of condiment seasoning that has no place on the dish and then tell you...oh this is great, this is delicious...when they're now not eating the dish you cooked.
This post was edited on 9/16 at 3:58 pm


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Amadeo
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re: Something that always really bothered me about Goodfellas
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Something that always really bothered me about Goodfellas

...is losing to Dances with Wolves for Best Picture of the Year.


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michael corleone
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re: Something that always really bothered me about Goodfellas
Jimmy is not Sicilian/Italian. At the very end of the movie , Henry breaks the fourth wall and makes a comment about living in BFE as part of witness protection. The comment is that he ordered marinara and got noodles and ketchup. It’s a knock on non Sicilians/Italians and their lack of pallet. (Henry’s mother is Sicilian ). It’s a pretty common knock and Scorsese /De Niro amplify it with the scene.
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Ham And Glass
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re: Something that always really bothered me about Goodfellas
"Don't put too many onions in the sauce." (said while executing his 'system' with the garlic.
"I put 3 small onions in the sauce. Just three onions."


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