Director Martin Scorsese’s crime drama gets an ace performance from Ray Liotta, as a young man who happily embraces the mobster life.
The sordid, violent and foul-mouthed subject matter is one thing, but the sheer exuberance with which the story is told ensures that this is one of the great gangster movies.
Liotta is excellent, Oscar-winning Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro are both outstanding as his pathological pals and Paul Sorvino breathes quiet power as their boss. P
ure movie magic is much in evidence as the roving camera introduces us to De Niro’s favourite bar, there’s an exhilarating extended sequence in which Liotta takes Lorraine Bracco to a nightclub and the film’s withering sense of black comedy is often more frightening than funny.