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Secrets of 'Goodfellas' on its 25th anniversary

Martin Scorsese's groundbreaking mafia classic "Goodfellas" hit the big screen with a bang 25 years ago.

Not only did the film renew an interest in mafia-related movies and television shows (it's safe to say, there would have been no "Sopranos" without it), it's a quintessential New York City movie.

Fans of the movie have probably seen it an embarrassing amount of times. But even if you're one of those people, there's probably a few tidbits you didn't know about it.

Robert’s Lounge in South Ozone Park was an unofficial mob HQ

Robert’s Lounge, a bar in South Ozone Park,
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Robert’s Lounge, a bar in South Ozone Park, was a non-official HQ for the mobsters in “Goodfellas.”

Owned by Jimmy Burke (better known as movie character Jimmy Conway, played by Robert De Niro). Henry Hill said many of the mob’s victims were buried at the bar, located at 114-45 Lefferts Boulevard. It’s now a Guyanese and Jamaican restaurant.

The plot behind the famous painting isn't far from the truth

‘One dog goes one way, the other dog
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‘One dog goes one way, the other dog goes the other way, and this guy’s sayin’, ‘Whadda ya want from me?’

The painting by Tommy’s mom is based on an actual photo in a 1978 issue of National Geographic. So who’s the artist behind one of the most famous paintings in movie history? The mom of Nicholas Pileggi, the co-writer of “Goodfellas” and the author of “Wise Guy,” the book the movie is based on.

Stealing a truck

The scene in which Henry Hill and Tommy
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The scene in which Henry Hill and Tommy DeSimone steal a truck was shot at Jackson Hole diner in Astoria, then called Airline Diner, and located at 69-35 Astoria Boulevard.

John Gotti was 'too intelligent' to waste time on 'Goodfellas'

Gotti's lawyer, Bruce Cutler, said the Dapper Don
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Gotti's lawyer, Bruce Cutler, said the Dapper Don would have hated "Goodfellas," had he seen it.

?He is too intelligent to waste his time to see nonsensical movies like that,? Cutler told Newsday in September 1990. ?The problem of these movies is that they make heroes out of drug-addicted, drug-dealing, low-life, paid government witnesses like Henry Hill,? he said.

Henry Hill’s first date

Hill's first date with future wife Karen was
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Hill's first date with future wife Karen was filmed at Salerno’s Restaurant in Richmond Hill, which closed a few years ago. I can tell you from personal experience that their Chicken Parmigiana was out of this world.

Christmas in Woodhaven

The holiday party scene in which the crew
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The holiday party scene in which the crew shows up with their expensive purchases after the Lufthansa heist was shot at Neir's Tavern, one of the oldest bars in Queens. The saloon, on 87-48 78th St. in Woodhaven, was founded in 1829. The bar, back in the day, had some A-List clientele according to its website, including Mae West and W.C. Fields. But if you check it out, you might want to leave your pink Cadillac at home.

Ray Liotta had 80 costume changes

“One day’s in the ’50s, the next day’s
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“One day’s in the ’50s, the next day’s in the ’80s. Emotionally, it was all different things. One day I’m sweet. Then the next day I’m coked out of my mind. We’d span 20 years at one location,” he told the AP in September 1990.

The soundtrack

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"Goodfellas" has 43 songs in it, the equivalent to 3½ albums. In fact, Scorsese was thinking about the soundtrack long before he got his camera rolling. “Marty once told me that he knew what all of the songs were going to be three years before he shot the film,” Christopher Brooks, the music editor of “Goodfellas” told GQ in 2010.

Tom Cruise?

Tom Cruise was considered to play Henry Hill.
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Tom Cruise was considered to play Henry Hill. It might be hard to fathom, however it’s not that far-fetched considering he previously starred in the Scorsese’s “The Color of Money” in 1986.

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