Please stop feeding the dog from the table from the plate on top of it, and listen to this: Lorraine Bracco never saw Goodfellas on the big screen until Saturday night.
“I know this is going to sound crazy: I’ve seen bits and pieces of this movie, but I’ve never seen it entirely on the big screen,” Bracco told EW on Friday, before Cinespia screened the 1990 mafia classic at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Bracco, who played Karen Hill, the wife of mobster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), was the night’s surprise guest.
As the Brooklyn-born actress recalled, she first almost saw Goodfellas at its Hollywood premiere in 1990, but press obligations forced her to miss a good portion of the full film. She soon went to Mexico to film The Medicine Man with Sean Connery and returned when Goodfellas was already out of theaters.
Cut to 25 years later, and Bracco again had a chance to experience Goodfellas on the big screen thanks to the Tribeca Film Festival, where the film screened last year to celebrate its quarter-century mark. “I was thrilled about that,” Bracco said of the screening, recalling she thought, “Oh my God, finally, I’m going to see this movie in its entirety on the big screen!”
Unfortunately, her plans were foiled again.
“We had press to do,” she said. “We didn’t get in there until halfway through the movie.” The post-screening Q&A with Bracco and members of the cast, including Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta, meant she never saw the ending either.
“There’s been such hoopla about this movie!” Bracco said. “I would like to see it!”
And so she finally did, thanks to Cinespia. Bracco’s verdict following Saturday night’s screening? “My immediate reaction is thank God for the audience. It was the best part of the whole show for me. And being outside in a make-believe drive-in. It was unbelievable. And the film was fantastic. What can we say?”
Upcoming screenings at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery include Raising Arizona, Purple Rain, Grease, The Sandlot, and more. Head to the Cinespia website for more.