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August 17, 2004
And At The End, They Shot Spider Again For Old Times

How would you feel if these guys all got together at an Italian restaurant while you were the waiter? As long as Joe Pesci wasn't around, at least you wouldn't worry about getting a bottle upside the head as a tip:

The theme of the night was "breaking bread, not legs" when some of the cast and filmmakers of "Goodfellas" reunited for a traditional sit-down dinner Monday night.

Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino and real-life mob informant Henry Hill whose gangland experiences inspired the story showed up to gobble baked ziti, swap stories, sing some Italian opera and recall director Martin Scorsese's acclaimed mob movie.

If you haven't seen it, Goodfellas is really one of the best Mafia pictures ever made -- less artistic than the Godfather series, but more realistic in its depiction of organized crime. Rather than indulge in a false romance about gangsters and codes of ethics, Goodfellas tells it like it is about the mob: thieves on an Amway plan, whose discipline was destroyed by the drug trade. I've never read the book on which the movie was based ("Wiseguys"), but I have read "Donnie Brasco", which made the same essential point from an undercover FBI agent's point of view.

Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci didn't make it to the reunion, and neither did director Martin Scorcese, although one of my favorite people, former Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda happened by and sang a little opera with Paul Sorvino. No mention of Michael Imperioli in the article, although had he come in with a limp, that would have made my night ...

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at August 17, 2004 9:26 PM

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