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Quotes from Goodfellas

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    • [points]
    • Pete the Killer: By the way, I took care of that thing for ya.
    • Tommy DeVito: Sure, mom, I settle down with a nice girl every night, then I'm free the next morning.
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: And when the cops, when they assigned a whole army to stop Jimmy, what'd he do? He made 'em partners.
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: Jimmy was the kind of guy that rooted for bad guys in the movies.
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: Whenever we needed money, we'd rob the airport. To us, it was better than Citibank.
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: And then there was Jimmy Two Times, who got that nickname because he said everything twice, like:
    • Jimmy Two Times: I'm gonna go get the papers, get the papers.
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: All they got from Paulie was protection from other guys looking to rip them off. That's what it's all about. That's what the FBI can never understand - that what Paulie and the organization offer is protection for the kinds of guys who can't go to the cops. They're like the police department for wiseguys.
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: Paulie may have moved slow, but it was only because Paulie didn't have to move for anybody.
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: One day some of the kids from the neighborhood carried my mother's groceries all the way home. You know why? It was outta respect.
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: Thirty-two hundred dollars he gave me. Thirty-two hundred dollars for a lifetime. It wasn't even enough to pay for the coffin.
    • Tommy DeVito: Hey, Spider, that fuckin' bandage on your foot is bigger than your fuckin' head.
    • [With the suitcase open on the desk, Henry counts out stacks of cash]
    • Henry Hill: Thirty-five, forty, forty-five, fifty, sixty thousand.
    • Jimmy Conway: It's gonna be a good summer.
    • [last lines]
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: Anything I wanted was a phone call away. Free cars. The keys to a dozen hideout flats all over the city. I bet twenty, thirty grand over a weekend and then I'd either blow the winnings in a week or go to the sharks to pay back the bookies.
    • [Henry leaves the witness stand and speaks directly to the camera]
    • Henry Hill: Didn't matter. It didn't mean anything. When I was broke, I'd go out and rob some more. We ran everything. We paid off cops. We paid off lawyers. We paid off judges. Everybody had their hands out. Everything was for the taking. And now it's all over.
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: And that's the hardest part. Today everything is different; there's no action... have to wait around like everyone else. Can't even get decent food - right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce, and I got egg noodles and ketchup. I'm an average nobody... get to live the rest of my life like a schnook.
    • Tommy DeVito: Just don't go busting my balls, Billy, okay?
    • Billy Batts: Hey, Tommy, if I was gonna break your balls, I'd tell you to go home and get your shine box.
    • [to his friends]
    • Billy Batts: Now this kid, this kid was great. They, they used to call him Spitshine Tommy.
    • [Morrie jokes at the table]
    • Frankie Carbone: Morrie, stop breaking my balls, all right?
    • [on Morrie's wig commercial]
    • Morrie: Don't buy wigs that come off at the wrong time.
    • Tommy DeVito: What, do you got me on a fuckin' pay-no-mind list, kid?
    • [Tommy holds up a gun at the truck driver he's hijacking]
    • Tommy DeVito: Where's the strong box, you fuckin' varmint, you?
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: When they found Carbone in the meat truck, he was frozen so stiff it took them three days to thaw him out for the autopsy.
    • Jimmy Conway: I'm not mad, I'm proud of you. You took your first pinch like a man and you learn two great things in your life. Look at me, never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.
    • Stacks Edwards: What time is it?
    • Tommy DeVito: It's eleven thirty, we're supposed to be there by nine.
    • Stacks Edwards: Be ready in a minute.
    • Tommy DeVito: Yeah, you were always fuckin' late, you were late for your own fuckin' funeral.
    • [shoots him]
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: Jimmy had never asked me to do a hit before, and now he's asking me to go down to Florida with Anthony to make a hit.
    • [Jimmy gives him a pack of matches with a number]
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: That's when I knew I would never have come back from Florida alive.
    • [narrating, Henry has just been busted for dealing drugs]
    • Henry Hill: For a second I thought I was dead. But, when I heard all the noise, I knew they were cops. Only cops talk that way. If they'd been wiseguys, I wouldn't have heard a thing. I would've been dead.
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: If you're part of a crew, nobody ever tells you that they're going to kill you, doesn't happen that way. There weren't any arguments or curses like in the movies. See, your murderers come with smiles, they come as your friends, the people who've cared for you all of your life. And they always seem to come at a time that you're at your weakest and most in need of their help.
    • Sonny Bunz: But I'm worried, I mean, I'm hearin' all kinds a fuckin' bad things. I mean he's treating me like I'm a fuckin' half-a-fag or somethin'. I'm gonna wind up a lammist, I gotta go on the fuckin' lam in order to get away from this guy? This ain't right, Paulie.
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: By the time I grew up, there was thirty billion a year in cargo moving through Idlewild Airport and believe me, we tried to steal every bit of it.
    • [Frenchy is describing a large shipment of cash at Idlewild Airport to Jimmy and Henry]
    • Jimmy Conway: What about the security?
    • Frenchy: Security? You're looking at it.
    • Tommy DeVito: All right, so he got shot in the foot, what is it, a big fuckin' deal?
    • [Infuriated at Spider and speaking to the other card players]
    • Tommy DeVito: Hey, what's that movie that Bogart made?
    • Anthony Stabile: Which one?
    • Tommy DeVito: The one where he played a cowboy. He only did one.
    • Anthony Stabile: Oh... ah... The Oklahoma Kid.
    • Jimmy Conway: Shane?
    • Tommy DeVito: Oklahoma Kid!
    • [to Jimmy]
    • Tommy DeVito: Shane...
    • [They all laugh]
    • Karen: What do you do?
    • Henry Hill: I'm in construction.
    • [She feels the softness of his hands]
    • Karen: They don't feel like you're in construction.
    • Henry Hill: Ah, I'm a union delegate.
    • [narrating]
    • Karen: One night, Bobby Vinton sent us champagne. There was nothing like it. I didn't think there was anything strange in any of this. You know, a twenty-one-year-old kid with such connections. He was an exciting guy. He was really nice. He introduced me to everybody. Everybody wanted to be nice to him. And he knew how to handle it.
    • [narrating]
    • Karen: After awhile, it got to be all normal. None of it seemed like crime. It was more like Henry was enterprising, and that he and the guys were making a few bucks hustling, while all the other guys were sitting on their asses, waiting for handouts. Our husbands weren't brain surgeons, they were blue-collar guys. The only way they could make extra money, real extra money, was to go out and cut a few corners.
    • [Cuts to Henry and Tommy hijacking a truck]
    • Karen: Please stop feeding the dog from the table... from the plate on top of it.
    • Billy Batts: Give us a drink. And give some to those Irish hoodlums down there.
    • Jimmy Conway: There's only one Irishman in here.
    • Billy Batts: On the house. Salud.
    • Jimmy Conway: Top of the mornin'.
    • Tommy DeVito: What am I, a mirage?
    • Tommy's Mother: Has Tommy ever told you about my painting?
    • [Henry, Jimmy and Tommy are digging up Billy Batts' decomposed corpse. Henry is coughing from the stench, while the others don't]
    • Tommy DeVito: Hey, Henry, Henry, hurry up, will ya? My mother's gonna make some fried peppers and sausage for us.
    • [Jimmy and Tommy laugh while Henry coughs]
    • Jimmy Conway: Oh, hey, Henry, Henry! Here's an arm!
    • Henry Hill: Very funny, guys.
    • Jimmy Conway: Here's a leg!
    • Tommy DeVito: Here's a wing!
    • [laughs]
    • Tommy DeVito: Hey, what do you like, the leg or the wing, Henry? Or ya still go for the old hearts and lungs?
    • [Vomiting]
    • Henry Hill: Oh, that's so bad!
    • Tommy DeVito: We hit the deer and his paw... What do you call it? The paw.
    • [Speaking through a mouth full of pasta]
    • Jimmy Conway: The hoof.
    • Tommy DeVito: It got caught in the grill. I got to hack it off.
    • Paul Cicero: Tommy's a bad seed. What am I supposed to do? Shoot him?
    • Sonny Bunz: That wouldn't be a bad idea.
    • [narrating]
    • Karen: I know there are women, like my best friends, who would have gotten out of there the minute their boyfriend gave them a gun to hide. But I didn't. I got to admit the truth. It turned me on.
    • [as Paulie is being arrested]
    • Tuddy Cicero: Why don't you boys go down to Wall Street and find some real crooks? Whoever sold you those suits had a wonderful sense of humor.
    • Johnny Dio: How do you like your steak?
    • Paul Cicero: Medium rare.
    • Johnny Dio: Huh. An aristocrat.
    • Henry Hill: Now take me to jail.
    • Stacks Edwards: This drink is better than sex, baby.
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster.
    • [after Henry has stood her up on what was to be their second date]
    • Karen: You got some nerve standing me up like that last night! Nobody does that to me! Who the Hell do you think you are? Frankie Valli or some kinda bigshot?
    • [narrating; Paul is slicing the garlic with a razor]
    • Henry Hill: In prison, dinner was always a big thing. We had a pasta course and then we had a meat or fish. Paulie did the prep work. He was doing a year for contempt, and he had this wonderful system for doing the garlic. He used a razor, and he used to slice it so thin that he used to liquefy in the pan with just a little oil. It was a very good system.
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: I felt he used too many onions, but it was still a very good sauce.
    • Paul Cicero: Vinnie, don't put too many onions in the sauce.
    • Vinnie: I didn't put too much onions, uh, Paul. Three small onions. That's all I did.
    • Johnny Dio: Three onions? How many cans of tomatoes you put in there?
    • Vinnie: I put two cans, two big cans.
    • Johnny Dio: You don't need three onions.
    • [narrating]
    • Henry Hill: Killing's got to be accepted. Murder was the only way that everybody stayed in line. You got out of line, you got whacked. Everybody knew the rules.
    • Tommy DeVito: I didn't want to get blood on your floor.
    • [Narrating]
    • Henry Hill: These are the guys Jimmy put together for what turned out to be the biggest heist in American history: the Lufthansa heist. Tommy and Carbone were going to grab the outside guard and make him get us in the front door, Frenchy and Joe Buddha had to round up the workers, Johnny Roastbeef had to keep them all tied up and away from the alarm, even Stacks Edwards got in on it, all he was supposed to do was steal the panel truck and afterwards compact it with a friend of ours in New Jersey. Only Morrie was driving us nuts - just because he set this up, he felt he could bust Jimmy's balls for an advance on the money we were going to steal. He didn't mean anything by it; it was just the way he was.
    • [referring to Henry and Karen]
    • Jimmy Conway: She'll never divorce him. She'll kill him but she won't divorce him.
    • [narrating, referring to the other wives]
    • Karen: They all had bad skin and wore too much make up. They didn't look very good; they look beat up. The stuff they wore were thrown together and cheap, a lot of pantsuits and double knits. They talked about beating their kids with broom handles and leather belts, and that their kids still didn't pay any attention. When Henry picked me up, I was dizzy.
    • [voiceover]
    • Henry Hill: I could see for the first time that Jimmy was a nervous wreck. His mind was going in eight different directions at once.
    • Jimmy Conway: Think Morrie tells his wife everything?
    • Henry Hill: Morrie? Him?
    • [voiceover]
    • Henry Hill: That's when I knew that Jimmy was gonna whack Morrie. That's how it happens. That's how fast it takes for a guy to get whacked.
    • [narrating]
    • Karen: It was like he had two families. The first time I was introduced to all of them at once, it was crazy. Paulie and his brothers had lots of sons and nephews. And almost all of them were named Peter or Paul. It was unbelievable. There must have been two dozen Peters and Pauls at the wedding. Plus, they were all married to girls named Marie. And they named all their daughters Marie. By the time I finished meeting everybody, I thought I was drunk.
    • [Repeated line, narrating while attempting to convince the audience the criminal exploits he was apart of and occurred without e]
    • Henry Hill: believe me...
    • [repeated line to each member of his crew after the Lufthansa heist, telling them what not to do]
    • Jimmy Conway: you don't buy anything
    • [repeated line to each member of his crew after the Lufthansa heist, warning them what will happen if they purchase extravagant ]
    • Jimmy Conway: don't attract attention
    • [threatening Morrie]
    • Jimmy Conway: Today! Today!
    • [after being whipped by father, for missing months of school to work at cab stand]
    • Young Henry: The way I saw it, everybody takes a beating sometime.
    • Henry Hill: It was easy for all of us to disappear. My house was in my mother-in-law's name. My cars were registered to my wife. My social security cards and driver's licenses were phonies. I never voted. I never paid taxes. My birth certificate and my arrest sheet... that's all you'd ever have to know I was alive.
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