“As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster,” goes the opening voiceover to Martin Scorsese‘s “Goodfellas.” With that piece of dialogue, a gangster classic was born. It’s hard to believe that this year will mark the 25th anniversary of the movie, and the Tribeca Film Festival will celebrate in grand style.
Organizers have announced that “Goodfellas” will close the 2015 edition of the festival, with Jon Stewart moderating a conversation with the film’s creators and cast following the screening on April 25th. No word yet on who will be in attendance, but a chance to see the movie on the big screen should be reason enough to snap up tickets.
Trailer below and full press release after that. The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 15-26.
25TH ANNIVERSARY OF GOODFELLAS TO CLOSE
2015 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ON APRIL 25
CAST AND CREATORS TO REUNITE FOR POST SCREENING CONVERSATION WITH JON STEWART
New York, NY – March 18, 2015 – The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, announced today that the 25th Anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s gangster film GoodFellas — remastered from a 4k scan of the original camera negative, supervised by Scorsese—will close its 14th edition on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino, the film was praised by The New York Times as “breathless and brilliant” and “both the most politically serious and most evilly entertaining movie yet made about organized crime.”
In honor of the 25th Anniversary celebration, the film’s creators and cast members will reunite at TFF for a conversation following the film with Jon Stewart where they will discuss the acclaimed 1990 Academy Award-nominated classic based on the true-crime bestseller “Wiseguy” by Nicholas Pileggi. Closing night, co-sponsored by Infor and Roberto Coin, will take place at The Beacon Theatre. Tickets will be available to American Express Card Members on March 23 and to the public on March 28 via tribecafilm.com. The Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 15–26, 2015.
“While TFF’s mission is centered around new stories and voices, we also seek to honor the creators and films that have shaped the cultural landscape,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder, Tribeca Film Festival. “GoodFellas is one of those pictures with an honest and stylized portrayal of the gangster lifestyle that has inspired a generation of filmmakers and television directors across genres. We are proud to celebrate its 25th anniversary at our closing night and introduce new audiences to one of Marty’s masterpieces.”
Martin Scorsese said, “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.”
“I was most proud of this film 25 years ago, and equally proud of it now. I’m very happy that it is our closing night film,” said Robert De Niro, co-founder, Tribeca Film Festival.
GoodFellas explores the criminal life like no other movie. Following the rise and fall of a trio of gangsters over 30 years, it’s an electrifying, fact-inspired tale of living and dying. The film earned six Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director and was named 1990s Best Film by the New York, Los Angeles and National Society of Film Critics. In 2000, GoodFellas was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the US Library of Congress.
On May 5, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will release GoodFellas 25th Anniversary on Blu-rayTM and Digital HD which will include a new documentary. “Scorsese’s GoodFellas” featuring interviews with Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta and more.