One of my favorite movie little bits in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas:
Joe Pesci‘s character Tommy at Robert De Niro‘s Jimmy make a stop at the home of his mother – played by Martin Scorsese‘s mother Catherine Scorsese – to pick up a shovel to bury their Billy Batts … situation.
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?
It turns out that the painting is based on this photograph from the November 1978 issue of National Geographic.
Here ya go:
What’s your favorite scene from Goodfellas?