The Goodfellas Painting

The painting was originally painted by the mother of Nicholas Pileggi and is based upon a 1978 edition of National Geographic. Pileggi wrote the book "Wise Guy" which the movie is based upon.

Goodfellas Painting

Goodfellas Painting

The painting that Tommy's mother shows to Tommy, Jimmy and Henry, is based on a picture from the November 1978edition of National Geographic.

Scene From Goodfellas - Mom Shows the Painting

Movie Dialog

The best dialog in the movie Goodfellas is when Tommy's mom shows the crew a painting she had just finished. It goes something like this:

MOTHER: Have some more. You hardly touched anything. Did Tommy tell you about my painting? Look at this. (Pulls out an oil painting from alongside the refrigerator.)

JIMMY: It's beautiful.

TOMMY: I like this one. One dog goes one way and the other goes the other.

MOTHER: One's going east, the other’s going west. So what?

TOMMY: And this guy's saying, "Whaddya want from me?" The guy's got a nice head of white hair. Beautiful. The dog it looks the same.

JIMMY: Looks like somebody we know.

TOMMY: Without the beard! Oh no, it's him! It's him. (A thumping noise is heard through the open window from the trunk of the car parked outside.)

TOMMY: What's that?

Movie Facts

Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers: Nicholas Pileggi - Book and Screenplay
Release Date: September 19, 1990
Awards: Won Oscar for best picture. Another 32 wins & 18 nominations Domestic Total Gross: $46,836,394

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