GoodFellas on VHS. Starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci. With Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Debi Mazar, Frank Sivero, Tony Darrow, Mike Starr, Frank Vincent, Michael Imperioli, Samuel L. Jackson, Vincent Gallo. Directed by Martin Scorsese. 1990.
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Three Decades Of Life In The Mafia.
When Martin Scorsese, one of the world’s most skillful and respected directors, reunited with two-time Oscar-winner Robert De Niro in GoodFellas, the result was one of the most powerful films of the year. Based on the true-life best seller Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi and backed by a dynamic pop/rock oldies soundtrack, critics and filmgoers alike declared GoodFellas great. It was named 1990’s best film by the New York, Los Angeles and National Society of Film Critics. And it earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Robert De Niro received wide recognition for his performance as veteran criminal Jimmy “The Gent” Conway. And as the volatile Tommy DeVito, Joe Pesci walked off with the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Academy Award nominee Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino also turned in electrifying performances.
You have to see it to believe it — then watch it again. GoodFellas explores the criminal life like no other movie.
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Ruthless People on VHS. Starring Bette Midler, Danny DeVito, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater. With Bill Pullman, Frank Sivero. Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker. 1986.
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In this fiendishly funny comedy from the creators of Airplane!, loathsome millionaire Sam Stone is RUTHLESS. How ruthless? When his shrill wife Barbara is nabbed by inept kidnappers. Sam cries tears of joy… and refuses to pay the ransom. And when the abductors threaten to kill the abrasive heiress, Sam takes immediate action–he celebrates! Ruthless People. Raucous… outlandish… one of the top box office hits of the year!
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Going Ape! on VHS. Starring Tony Danza, Jessica Walter, Stacey Nelkin, Danny DeVito, Frank Sivero. Directed by Jeremy Joe Kronsberg. 1981.
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Eccentric circus owner Max Sabatini’s legacy to his only son, Foster, includes $5 million, with a stipulation: Foster (Tony Danza) must keep Max’s three prized orangutans for at least five years. With the apes comes high-wire artist Lazlo (Danny DeVito). The four additions are too much for Foster’s live-in girlfriend (Stacey Nelkin) whose mother (Jessica Walter) encourages her to move out. Moving in is the Zoological Society, which stands to inherit if Foster fails with the apes. To ensure their success, the society dispatches mobsters to wreak havoc. Comic zaniness ensues as everyone really goes “ape.”
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