As one who has read about 90% of all the "Mafia" books ever written..................and at least 3 or 4 that Henry Hill was in, I can only say, Itbewer is pretty much right about Henry; one thing though..........Henry Hill was never "made"........he was only able to be an "associate" of the Mob / Family. But he was such a great "money maker", he was just "one of the mob", (but just couldn't be "made" due to his ethnicity)
The Goodfellows; probably about the truest picture of Mob activities of any move yet made, (plus unbelievable performances by Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci and DeNiro) (I've probably watched it like 10 time by now !)
Like a lot of people, I have always been "fascinated" (for lack of a better word) by organized crime; for a couple of reasons........because of my job, I had to go to a lot of places on a regular basis where the "mob" was at; a company I worked for in the '50's used to put us up in a hotel in Cicero ( The Towne Hotel ) that used to be Al Capone's "place" back in the 30's; believe me, Al Capone was dead and gone in the 50's, but "the mob" still ran the Towne Hotel ! One of our drivers made the mistake of being too "mouthy" in the lounge once, got beat half to death by two "goons", who then drug him out to the sidewalk, with his leg in the gutter..............and about 2 minutes later a black Cadilac came around the corner, and ran over the guy's leg, smashing it all up. I didn't eye-witness that incident, but I knew three other driver who did; what I DID eye-witness six months later, was a guy who was in a phone booth about 30 ft from where I was reading a paper, waiting for my cab to pick me up................a young guy from the restaurant comes in from the restaurant, goes to the phone booth, opens the door, and takes his "sap" to the guys head for like 2 minutes; then calmly wipes the blood off of his sap, sticks it in his pocket, and walks out, leaving the guy laying face down in a HUGE pool of blood; An old lady who ran the desk was not 15 feet away, also reading a paper, and she didn't "look once"......just kept on reading ! after another minute or so, two "goons come in through the alley door. grab the guy's legs, and drag him out the back door; a couple more minutes, in come a very old black fellow with a mop and mop bucket, mops up all the blood, and leaves; two more minutes, and my friend Ernie (who I was waiting for to go back to the terminal with me, comes down from his room, and says, "what's up" ? I said, "I'll tell you when we get back to Cincinnati" ! Right now, I'm getting the hell out of this place, and I'm NEVER coming back.............(and I never did)
What I'm pointing out here is, all the violence you see in "Mafia movies"............it really happens, every day, in real life !
After seeing some of the things I've seen, it would be damned hard for me to get very "chocked up", hearing about some "wiseguy" biting the dust ! I quit running to Chicago for a few years after that incident, but I saw a lot of mob stuff going on in Brooklyn and Queens that was just as bad; (fortunately I didn't witness any more people getting their brains beat out)
The incredible thing about all the "wiseguys" is, they ALL
die young ! The few who manage to not get "whacked" by their own "associates" usually always die from diabetes and heart attacks ! I can't think of a "line of work" with a worse mortality rate ! But in spite of that, every young kid in the neighborhood wants to be a "wiseguy" ! (So much for Henry Hill)
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein