Scorsese’s dazzling depiction of organised crime from the 50s to late 70s contains some of his most memorably stylish set-pieces.
Dir Martin Scorsese
With Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco
Scorsese’s dazzling portrait of the Italian-American underworld as experienced by an awe-struck kid-turned-made-man (Liotta) from the 50s to the late 70s offers a litany of misplaced loyalties, violent crime, ready vengeance and deadly betrayal. Visceral, visually flamboyant and edited with a rock ’n’ roller’s sense of rhythm, it contrives to be shocking yet at times perversely seductive.