‘Goodfellas’ Cast Reuniting For 25th Anniversary Screening
Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas won just one Oscar (for supporting actor Joe Pesci) at the 1991 Academy Awards. (The year’s Best Picture winner was Kevin Costner’s Dances With Wolves.) But the film seems to grow more popular and critically acclaimed every year, to the point where it’s now considered one of Scorsese’s masterpieces, one of the best movies of the 1990s, and perhaps the best gangster film ever made without the word “godfather” in the title. Astonishingly (at least it feels astonishing to an old man like me), it’s been 25 years since Goodfellas made its debut in theaters, an anniversary Scorsese and his cast and crew will celebrate next month with a 25th anniversary screening and reunion at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
The press release from the festival doesn’t specify who will be in attendance, but Scorsese and star Robert De Niro, who’s also one of the founders of Tribeca, seem like locks. The screening will close the 14th annual Tribeca festival on Saturday, April 25 at New York’s Beacon Theatre. The post-screening Q&A will be conducted by Daily Show host Jon Stewart, who has the unenviable task of dragging some non-one-word answers out of De Niro.
Here’s Scorsese’s comment on the screening:
I was so excited to learn that this picture, now 25 years old, would be closing this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Excited and moved. It was an adventure to get it on screen — we wanted to make a movie that was true to Nick Pileggi’s book and to the life of Henry Hill and his friends, which means that we broke some rules and took some risks. So it’s heartening to know that Goodfellas has come to mean so much to so many people. It’s wonderful to see one of your pictures revived and re-seen, but to see it closing Tribeca, a festival of new movies, means the world to me.
Tickets for the screening, which will feature a digital print newly remastered from a 4K scan of the original negative, go on sale to the public on March 28 at Tribecafilm.com. Or, if you have the right connections, you can just show up at the Beacon without a ticket, walk in the back entrance, wind your way through the theater’s bowels, and go straight to the front row.