In the world of the Mafia, loyalty is everything until it’s not.
Henry Hill always wanted to be somebody. Growing up in Brooklyn, he saw the local gangsters as larger than life figures, with power, money, and respect. So when he was adopted by neighborhood mobsters at an early age, he knew he’d found his calling.
But what started as a quest for acceptance and admiration soon turned into something darker. Henry climbed the ranks of the Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway, a charismatic and ruthless leader who took a young Henry under his wing. Before he knew it, Henry was caught up in a life of crime, violence, and danger.
This is the story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who found himself at the center of one of the most notorious criminal organizations in history. It’s a story of loyalty, betrayal, and the high price of ambition. And it all starts with his first taste of the glamorous life of a gangster.
Chapter 1: The Kid
Henry Hill was just a kid when he first met Tommy DeSimone. Tommy was a few years older, but in the tight-knit neighborhood of East New York, that didn’t matter. They were both Italian-American boys, and that was enough.
Henry idolized Tommy. He was everything Henry wanted to be – smart, tough, and confident. Tommy was already running errands for the local gangsters, and he saw something in Henry that reminded him of himself when he was younger.
It didn’t take long for Tommy to bring Henry into the fold. At first, it was just small things – running errands, picking up packages. But Henry felt like he was part of something bigger than himself, and that was an intoxicating feeling.
He loved the way people looked at him when he walked down the street with Tommy. They’d nod their heads in respect, give him a little smile. It felt good to be noticed, to be part of a community where everyone knew each other’s business.
As Henry got older, he started to see the darker side of Tommy’s world. He saw things he wasn’t supposed to see – the beatings, the murders, the way people disappeared without a trace. But he didn’t care. He was in too deep now.
Tommy was grooming him to be part of the gang. Henry was like a sponge, soaking up everything he could – the way they talked, the way they dressed, the way they carried themselves. He wanted to be just like them.
And then one day, everything changed. Henry was caught sneaking cigarettes by the principal at his school. He knew he was in deep trouble. But when Tommy found out, he didn’t get mad. He saw an opportunity.
“Why don’t you come with me tonight?” Tommy said. “We’re going to meet some guys. You’ll like ’em.”
Henry didn’t know what he was getting into. But he trusted Tommy, and he knew that whatever it was, it was going to be exciting.
They met the guys in an alley behind a pizza place. They were older than Henry, men in their thirties and forties with sharp suits and serious faces. Henry felt out of place, but he tried to act cool.
Tommy introduced him to the men, one by one. Henry could barely remember their names, but he tried to take mental notes of everything they said and did.
As they talked, Henry started to realize that these men were different. They had power, money, respect. They didn’t care about the rules that ordinary people lived by. They made their own rules.
And then Jimmy Conway walked in.
Henry had heard of Jimmy before. He was a legend in the neighborhood – a charismatic enforcer with a dangerous reputation. Henry had never met him, but he’d always wanted to.
Jimmy was older than the other men, with graying hair and piercing blue eyes. He looked at Henry like he was sizing him up, trying to figure out what he was made of.
“So this is the kid, huh?” Jimmy said.
Tommy nodded. “Yeah, he’s one of us.”
Jimmy looked Henry up and down. “Well, if he’s with you, he’s with me. Welcome to the family, kid.”
Henry felt a rush of pride. He was part of the family now. And with Jimmy’s approval, he knew he was on his way to becoming something bigger than he ever thought possible.
But he also knew that with great power came great risk. And he was about to find out just how high that risk really was.
Chapter 2: Climbing the Ranks
As Henry learned the ropes of life in the Mafia, he slowly climbed the ranks under the watchful eye of Jimmy Conway, his mentor. Henry quickly realized that in this world, loyalty was everything, and breaking the rules had serious consequences.
But it wasn’t just loyalty that was important – it was also about proving oneself. Henry quickly became known for his ability to handle any situation with aplomb, earning him the respect of his fellow gangsters. He was asked to run errands and do enforcer work, and he never let his bosses down.
As Henry grew in stature, his love for the Mafia life also grew. He loved the money, the power, and the freedom it gave him. He felt like he was part of something bigger than himself, and he relished the idea of being on the inside.
But with every success came more danger. The Mafia world was brutal, and it was always possible that one wrong move could lead to disaster. Henry knew this all too well, but he was willing to take the risks. He was in too deep, and he didn’t know how to get out.
One day, Jimmy called Henry into his office. “Listen, kid,” he said. “I’ve been watching you, and I think you’re ready for something bigger.”
Henry’s heart pounded with excitement. He knew that this was a huge opportunity for him, and he was eager to prove himself.
“We’re planning a big heist,” Jimmy said. “We’re going to hit a Lufthansa plane and steal everything on it. I need you to be a part of it.”
Henry couldn’t believe what he was hearing. This was the kind of thing he had dreamed about – the kind of thing that would make him a legend in the Mafia world.
“Are you ready for this?” Jimmy asked.
Henry didn’t hesitate. “Absolutely,” he said.
Over the next few weeks, Henry and Jimmy put together a crew for the heist. They recruited some of the best thieves and enforcers in the city, and they practiced their plan over and over again.
The day of the heist arrived, and Henry’s heart was pounding. They had planned every detail, but he knew that anything could go wrong.
They drove to the airport, disguised as airport workers. They made their way onto the tarmac, where the plane was waiting. They quickly took out the guards, and then they went to work unloading the cargo.
It was chaos. Everyone was shouting and running around, trying to grab as much as they could. But Henry kept his cool. He knew that they had to move quickly, but he also knew that they had to be careful not to get caught.
Finally, they were finished. They had stolen millions of dollars’ worth of money and jewels, and they had managed to get away without anyone getting hurt.
Henry couldn’t believe it. He was on top of the world. He had pulled off the biggest heist in history, and he was even richer than he had ever imagined.
But he also knew that this success came with a price. He had broken every rule in the book, and he had made a lot of powerful enemies. He was in deeper than ever before, and he didn’t know how to get out.
Chapter 3: The Big Score
Henry had always been fascinated by the idea of the big score. The thought of pulling off a daring heist and coming away with millions of dollars was a dream that he couldn’t shake. And after years of running errands and doing enforcer work for the Mafia, he finally had his chance.
Henry’s mentor, Jimmy Conway, had been planning the heist for months. The plan was to steal money and jewels from a Lufthansa plane that was landing at JFK Airport. It was a risky job, but the potential payoff was huge. And with the crew that Jimmy had assembled, Henry was confident that they would be able to pull it off.
The night of the heist, Henry’s heart was pounding in his chest. He and his crew were dressed in black, with ski masks covering their faces. They made their way to the airport in a van, trying to look inconspicuous. But as they approached the plane, Henry’s nerves started to get the better of him.
The crew quickly got to work, unloading bags of cash and jewels from the cargo hold of the plane. It was a messy job, but they had planned for every contingency. They had even brought a fake ambulance to use as a getaway vehicle, which they loaded up with the stolen loot.
As they drove away from the airport, the crew celebrated their success. They had pulled off the heist of a lifetime, and everyone was rich beyond their wildest dreams. But Henry couldn’t shake the feeling that things were about to go wrong.
The crew started to splinter, with each member wanting to get their share of the spoils. There were arguments over money, and accusations of greed and selfishness. And as the tension between the crew members grew, Henry started to fear for his life.
But despite the growing discord among the crew, Henry couldn’t resist the lure of the fast life. He started spending his money recklessly, buying expensive cars and clothes, and partying non-stop. And as he indulged in his hedonistic lifestyle, he started to lose sight of what was really important.
Meanwhile, the police had started to close in on the crew. They had found the van used in the heist, and had traced it back to Henry and his friends. It was only a matter of time before they were caught.
Henry tried to keep a low profile, but he couldn’t resist the temptation to show off his wealth. He started throwing lavish parties, inviting everyone he knew to come and enjoy the good life. But as the police got closer and closer, Henry realized that he had made a fatal mistake.
One by one, his friends started to get picked off by the police. They were arrested, and many of them turned on Henry, trying to save themselves from jail time. And as the net closed in, Henry was forced to make a decision.
He knew that he had to leave town, and fast. He grabbed his wife and kids, and fled to a safe house that Jimmy had set up for emergencies. But even as he tried to outrun the law, he knew that it was only a matter of time before they caught up with him.
The heist had been a success, but it had also been the beginning of the end for Henry. As he sat in the safe house, waiting for the inevitable knock at the door, he realized that he had made a fatal mistake. He had gotten greedy, and had lost sight of what was important. And now, he knew that he would pay the price for his mistakes.
Chapter 4: Life in the Fast Lane
Flush with cash from their successful Lufthansa heist, Henry and his friends begin to live their lives in the fast lane. They spend their money on expensive cars, clothes, jewelry, and indulge in everything their hearts desire. They are no longer just small-time gangsters on the streets of Brooklyn but start to lead the life of true mafia members.
The lavish, wild lifestyle leads to constant partying and promiscuity. Their nights are spent in the hottest clubs in the city. Henry and his crew enjoy the company of beautiful women, endless drugs, and unlimited alcohol. The life they lead is a stark contrast to the poverty-driven childhoods they came from.
As Henry dives deeper into the world of the mafia, he realizes that there is no way to leave this life behind. This realization only fuels his desire to enjoy everything the life has to offer while he can. He’s living the American Dream, and nothing can stop him.
Henry’s constant drug use and partying begin to take a toll on his relationships. Karen, his wife, struggles to keep up with the glamorous lifestyle he has created. She becomes more and more isolated in their relationship, leading her to be suspicious of Henry’s infidelities and his growing drug problem.
Despite these problems, Henry’s life is full of excitement and glamour. He and his friends keep themselves busy with reckless driving, hijacking, and illegal activities. They steal whatever they want, whenever they want, with no fear of the consequences.
However, their reckless behavior starts to attract unwanted attention, and the local police begin to crack down on the Mafia activities. Henry and his crew must always be on the lookout for any danger or new enemies.
The more they indulge in their hedonistic lifestyle, the more dangerous their situation becomes, as other members of the Mafia start to suspect them of wrongdoing. Henry’s relationship with Jimmy begins to fray as their interests diverge. Jimmy is becoming more cautious as he builds his own empire while Henry just wants to enjoy his wealth.
At the same time, the Feds start to take notice of Henry and his associates, using informants and wiretaps to gather evidence. The closer they get to the truth, the more Henry’s paranoia escalates. He starts to see FBI agents and other law enforcement officials wherever he goes, and his increasing drug use only adds to his paranoia.
With the constant pressure of the Feds, the stress of living the high life, and mounting distrust among his friends, Henry’s life starts to spiral out of control. He’s plagued by guilt and fear and doesn’t know who he can trust anymore. The constant partying and drug use have taken a toll on his body, leading him to become increasingly paranoid and delusional.
Despite the chaos surrounding him, Henry continues to live his life in the fast lane. He continues to live for the thrill of the game, hoping that it will take him to the top. But even as he rises in the ranks of the Mafia, he’s aware that there’s always someone waiting in the shadows to take him down.
In the end, Henry’s lifestyle catches up to him. His addiction and paranoia have caused him to make serious mistakes, and his enemies finally take their chance to strike. His life comes crashing down in a chain of unforeseen events, leaving him with nothing but regret and the realization that the fast lane was nothing but a fleeting moment in time.
The chapter ends with Henry reflecting on the choices he’s made and the consequences that come with them. He’s faced with the realization that he’s pushed away the people he loves and that his life has no meaning. The once-glamorous life he thought he wanted has become his prison, and he’s left with nothing but the memories of the fast lane.
Chapter 5: Paranoia Sets In
Henry’s fears were becoming a reality as he started to feel like a trapped animal, trying to avoid the jaws of a predator. The constant state of unease he felt was driving him insane. Every moment felt like a potential ambush, and every interaction with his friends and accomplices felt like a trap.
His paranoia had grown to an all-time high. The thought of being double-crossed or set up by his own people had him on edge. The constant fear of being caught by the authorities was weighing heavily on him, and his drug addiction was making him even more paranoid.
Henry’s addiction had spiraled out of control, and he was now regularly using a cocktail of drugs that left him in a constant state of disorientation. The drugs only added to his paranoia, and he found himself feeling more and more isolated from those around him.
Henry tried to distance himself from his friends and accomplices as much as possible, but he knew that they would become suspicious if he pulled away too much. He found himself stuck in a catch-22 situation, with no way out.
His relationship with Karen had also taken a turn for the worse. Their once loving and passionate relationship had turned into an endless cycle of fights and arguments. Karen was tired of Henry’s constant lies and deception, and Henry was tired of constantly having to defend himself.
Even Paulie, Henry’s boss, was starting to show signs of distrust. Paulie was becoming increasingly paranoid himself, and he started to question Henry’s loyalty. He would often send Henry out on errands with a new partner, just to test his trustworthiness.
Henry, however, was determined to stay on Paulie’s good side. He knew that if he lost Paulie’s trust, he would be in serious trouble. So he continued to work hard and diligently, always making sure to follow orders and never give Paulie any reason to doubt him.
But even with his best efforts, Henry’s paranoia was starting to get the best of him. He started to have vivid nightmares, where he was being chased by the FBI or being shot at by rival gang members. He would wake up in cold sweats, unable to shake off the feeling of impending doom.
His drug addiction only made things worse. He was now using heroin regularly, which left him in a constant state of euphoria, but also made him more susceptible to his paranoid thoughts. He found himself living in a constant state of fear and anxiety, unable to escape the feeling that something was about to go terribly wrong.
As his paranoia grew, so did his desperation. He started to act erratically, making impulsive decisions that put himself and his crew in danger. He would lash out at his friends, accusing them of plotting against him. He would get into fights at bars and clubs, putting himself in harm’s way.
Karen was becoming increasingly worried about Henry. She knew that his drug addiction and paranoia were spiraling out of control, and she was scared for his safety. She tried to talk to him about it, but he would always brush her off, telling her that he was fine and that she was overreacting.
But Karen knew better. She knew that Henry was in trouble, and she knew that he needed help. She started to look for ways to get him out of the gangster life, to help him kick his drug addiction and start over. But she also knew that it would be a dangerous and difficult process.
As the months went by, Henry’s paranoia continued to grow. He started to see enemies everywhere he looked, and he became increasingly convinced that his own crew was plotting against him. He started to make plans to escape, to run away and start over somewhere else.
But the reality was, there was no escaping the gangster life. Henry had made his bed, and now he had to lie in it. He was in too deep, and there was no turning back.
As the chapter came to a close, Henry found himself at a crossroads. He could continue down the path of destruction he was on, fueled by his addiction and paranoia. Or he could try to make a change, to find a way out of this life and start over. The choice was his, but the consequences of that choice would be irreversible.
Chapter 6: Betrayal and Consequences
Henry Hill’s entire world seemed to have collapsed around him. His fears of betrayal had turned out to be true when he discovered that a close friend had been working with the FBI to bring him down. He was living in constant fear, looking over his shoulder and wondering who he could trust.
As the paranoia set in, Henry started to distance himself from his friends. He stopped attending their parties and get-togethers, and he became increasingly mistrustful of their intentions. He couldn’t shake the feeling that someone was always watching him, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike.
Meanwhile, Henry’s addiction to drugs was spiraling out of control. He was using more and more frequently, and his behavior became increasingly erratic. He started to make mistakes, like leaving drug paraphernalia lying around his home or acting out of character in public.
One day, Henry’s worst fears came true. He was driving along a quiet road when he noticed a black SUV following him. His heart raced as he tried to shake his pursuers, but they stayed with him, tailing him closely. Finally, they pulled him over to the side of the road.
As he stepped out of his car, he could see the grim expressions on the faces of the men who had confronted him. They were his friends, people he had grown up with and trusted with his life. But now, they were pointing guns at him, telling him that he had to come with them.
Henry’s mind raced as he tried to figure out what was happening. He knew that if he went with them, he might never be seen again. But he also knew that if he tried to resist, he would be killed on the spot. He was trapped, with no way out.
In the end, Henry decided to take matters into his own hands. He knew that if he didn’t act quickly, he would be dead before he knew it. So he gathered all of his courage and made a desperate move.
He lunged at his friend, knocking the gun out of his hand and tackling him to the ground. The other men were caught off guard for a moment, allowing Henry to gain the upper hand. He fought with all the strength he had left, knowing that this might be his last chance to survive.
In the chaos of the fight, Henry managed to grab one of the guns and turn it on his attackers. He held them at bay, ready to pull the trigger at any moment. But then, something strange happened. The men started to back away, their fear palpable.
It was then that Henry realized that he had won. He had fought back against his assailants and come out on top. But the victory was bittersweet. He knew that there would be consequences to his actions, and he could never go back to his old life.
As the adrenaline wore off, Henry felt a sense of clarity. He knew that he had to make a choice, one that would define the rest of his life. He could either run and hide, hoping to stay alive long enough to start a new life, or he could turn himself in and face the consequences of his actions.
In the end, Henry chose the latter. He went to the FBI and agreed to testify against his former friends in exchange for protection. It was a difficult decision, but Henry knew that it was the only way to ensure his safety.
The subsequent trial was a media circus, with reporters and photographers swarming the courthouse every day. In the end, Henry’s testimony was instrumental in securing convictions against many of his former associates. But the cost was high. Henry was forced into witness protection, losing everything he had ever known.
Years later, Henry reflects on his life and all the choices that led him to this point. He knows that he could have done things differently, avoided the mistakes that ultimately led to his downfall. But in the end, he’s learned one important lesson: in a world of betrayal and danger, it’s the choices you make that define who you are.
Chapter 7: The Fall of a Legend
Henry Hill had always known that his life in the Mafia would come to an end eventually, but he never imagined it would be like this. He had always thought that he would either die in a hail of bullets or go to prison for the rest of his life, but he never anticipated the true nature of his downfall.
The events that led up to this point had been building for years, but he had always managed to stay one step ahead of his enemies. However, his own arrogance and paranoia had finally caught up with him, and he was now facing the end of his reign as a Mafia legend.
The last few months had been a blur of constant fear and suspicion. Henry had been keeping his distance from his closest friends, not knowing who he could trust anymore. He had started using drugs again, to cope with the stress and to feel alive. He knew it was a mistake, but he couldn’t help himself.
One day, he got a call from a friend in the Mafia. “Henry, we need to talk,” his friend said. “Meet me at the usual place.”
Henry knew something was off, but he went anyway. When he arrived, he found his friend waiting for him, along with a few other members of the Mafia. They were all armed, and Henry knew this was the end.
“What’s going on?” Henry asked, trying to keep his voice steady.
“You know what’s going on,” his friend said. “You’ve been acting strange, and we’ve heard some things.”
Henry knew there was no use denying it. “I’m sorry,” he said. “I’ve just been paranoid.”
“You’ve been using drugs again,” another member of the Mafia said. “We can’t have that kind of behavior in our organization.”
Henry knew he was in trouble. He had broken the cardinal rule of the Mafia- never get high on your own supply. He tried to talk his way out of it, but it was no use.
Suddenly, one of the members of the group pulled out a gun and aimed it at Henry. “You know what you have to do,” he said.
Henry looked at the gun, then at his friends. He knew there was no getting out of this alive. He closed his eyes and prepared for the end.
But then, something unexpected happened. One of the other members of the group spoke up. “Wait,” he said. “We don’t have to do this.”
The others looked at him in shock. “What are you talking about?” one of them asked.
“I mean, we don’t have to kill him,” the member said. “We can just let him go. He’s not a threat to us anymore.”
Henry looked up, astonished. He couldn’t believe what he was hearing. Was this really happening?
The others started to argue, but the member who had spoken up stood his ground. “I’m serious. We don’t have to do this.”
Eventually, the others relented, and Henry was allowed to go free. He stumbled out of the meeting place, in shock and disbelief. He had expected to die, but he had been given a second chance.
He spent the rest of his life in hiding, always looking over his shoulder and never knowing who he could trust. But he was grateful for that one moment of mercy, that one glimmer of hope that had saved his life.
In the end, Henry Hill died of natural causes, in a witness protection program far from the streets of Brooklyn. He was never able to fully escape his past, but he had been given a chance to start over, and that was more than he had ever expected.
Some scenes from the movie GoodFellas written by A.I.
– Henry Hill: a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighborhood gangsters at an early age.
– Tommy: a member of the Mafia who takes Henry under his wing.
– Karen: Henry’s love interest.
Setting: A dark alley in Brooklyn, New York, in the 1950s.
EXT. BROOKLYN ALLEY – NIGHT
HENRY, a scrappy fourteen-year-old, is trying to sneak a cigarette behind some garbage cans. Suddenly, TOMMY, a tough-looking man with a scar on his cheek, appears out of nowhere, causing Henry to jump.
What’s a kid like you doing out here so late?
N-nothin’, just hangin’ out.
Tommy sniffs the air and realizes that Henry is smoking.
You little punk. You’ve got a lot to learn if you want to hang with guys like us.
Henry looks up at Tommy with admiration.
I do. I wanna be like you.
Tommy smiles, and puts his arm around Henry.
That’s good enough for me.
EXT. BROOKLYN STREET – DAY
HENRY HILL, a young and impressionable kid, walks down the tough streets of Brooklyn. He watches in awe as the local gangsters strut their stuff. Suddenly, TOMMY, a burly Italian, bursts out of a nearby building.
What are you doing here, kid?
Just looking around. I’m fascinated by what you guys do.
Tommy sizes Henry up and down.
You wanna learn how to really make some money?
Tommy grins and motions for Henry to follow him.
INT. MAFIA HANGOUT – DAY
Henry is introduced to JIMMY CONWAY, an older and wiser member of the Mafia.
I hear you wanna learn the ropes, kid. You ready to do what it takes?
Jimmy nods and hands Henry a wad of cash.
Take this and buy a suit. You’re gonna need to look the part.
Henry thanks Jimmy and runs off to the store.
INT. CLOTHING STORE – DAY
Henry picks out the most expensive suit in the store and struts out, feeling like a million bucks.
INT. MAFIA HANGOUT – DAY
Henry walks in, his new suit impressing everyone. Jimmy takes a liking to him.
I think we’ve got a winner here.
Tommy pats Henry on the back.
Welcome to the family, kid.
Henry smiles, grateful for the opportunity.
EXT. AIRPORT TARMAC – DAY
A Lufthansa cargo plane sits on the tarmac. Henry, Jimmy, and the rest of their crew drive up in a van, wearing ski masks and carrying guns.
We’re in and out in three minutes. No one gets hurt.
Remember, nobody goes crazy. Don’t point the gun unless you have to.
The crew moves quickly, breaking into the cargo hold and grabbing bags of money and jewels. They load them into the van and speed away.
INT. SECRET WAREHOUSE – DAY
The crew counts the money and jewels, their eyes widening at the sight of their massive haul.
We did it, boys. We did it.
That’s right, Henry. We’re rich!
But as they celebrate, tension starts to build. The crew members eye each other warily, wondering who will get the biggest cut of the loot.
INT. ITALIAN RESTAURANT – NIGHT
Henry sits nervously at a table with Paulie, the head of the Mafia family.
So, Henry, I hear the heist went well.
Yes, sir. We got everything.
I hope you know what you’re doing, Henry. This kind of success can make you powerful enemies.
I understand, sir. We’ll be careful.
Good. And remember, loyalty is everything. Don’t forget where you came from.
Henry nods, his mind racing with the realization that he’s in deeper than he ever imagined.
INT. WAREHOUSE – LATER
Henry and Jimmy sit alone, counting stacks of cash.
Jimmy, do you think we’re safe?
What do you mean?
I mean, we took a lot of money. Won’t someone come after us?
That’s always a risk. But we’re in this together, and we’ll protect each other.
Henry nods, but a sense of unease lingers.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Setting: New York City, 1980s
Henry Hill- the protagonist, a young gangster who idolizes local mobsters and rises through the ranks of a Mafia family.
Jimmy Conway- Henry’s mentor and close friend who helps him climb the ranks of the Mafia.
Tommy DeVito- a hotheaded member of the family who often causes trouble.
Karen Hill- Henry’s wife who becomes increasingly disillusioned with his criminal lifestyle.
Paul Cicero- the boss of the Mafia family.
EXT. NEW YORK CITY – NIGHT
The city is alive with the sounds of cars and people as the camera sweeps over the skyline.
INT. NIGHTCLUB – NIGHT
Henry, Jimmy, and their friends are partying in a VIP section with bottle service and beautiful women all around them.
Can you believe this life?
It’s the American dream, kid.
Hey, let’s make it rain!
The group tosses dollar bills in the air, laughing and dancing as the money falls around them.
Henry, I don’t like this. It’s not who we are.
It’s just a little fun, Karen. Trust me.
But as the night goes on, things start to spiral out of control. The group snorts cocaine and drinks heavily, becoming more reckless.
Let’s go for a ride, just you and me.
Henry hesitates, but ultimately follows Tommy outside to a waiting car.
EXT. CITY STREETS – NIGHT
Tommy speeds through the streets, laughing and yelling as he runs red lights and weaves in and out of traffic.
Tommy, slow down!
But Tommy pays no attention, and soon they are pulled over by the police.
INT. POLICE STATION – NIGHT
Henry and Tommy are in a holding cell, waiting to be processed.
You could have gotten us killed!
Relax, kid. We’ll be out of here in a few hours.
But as the night wears on, Henry starts to realize that their careless actions have consequences. He begins to question if this lifestyle is really worth the risk.
Henry Hill – a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who climbs the ranks of a Mafia family
Jimmy Conway – a seasoned member of the Mafia who takes Henry under his wing
Tommy – a ruthless enforcer for the Mafia
Karen – Henry’s wife who becomes increasingly disillusioned with the lifestyle
Paulie – the boss of the Mafia family
Setting: New York City in the 1970s
[HENRY sits in his car, looking over his shoulder. KAREN gets in the passenger seat]
KAREN: “What’s going on, Henry? You’re acting crazy lately.”
HENRY: “I can’t talk about it, Karen. It’s not safe.”
KAREN: “Not safe? What could be so bad that you can’t even tell your wife?”
HENRY: [sighs] “I don’t know who to trust anymore. It’s like everyone has a target on my back.”
KAREN: “Maybe it’s time to get out of this life, Henry. For our family’s sake.”
HENRY: “I can’t just walk away, Karen. It’s not that simple.”
[Meanwhile, TOMMY and JIMMY are sitting in a bar, drinking and laughing]
TOMMY: “Henry’s not looking too good, man. He’s got that paranoid look in his eyes.”
JIMMY: “Yeah, I know. But what can we do? It’s not like we can just tell him everything’s okay.”
TOMMY: “I don’t like it, Jimmy. I don’t like it one bit.”
JIMMY: “Relax, Tommy. We’ll take care of it when the time comes.”
[Later that night, HENRY is at home, alone and high on drugs. He hears a knock on the door and cautiously approaches. It’s TOMMY, flanked by two other enforcers]
TOMMY: “Hey, Henry. Boss wants to see you.”
HENRY: “What? What for?”
TOMMY: “I don’t know. But you better come with us.”
[HENRY follows the enforcers out to their car]
HENRY: “Where are we going?”
TOMMY: “Don’t worry about it. You’ll find out soon enough.”
[As they drive through the city, HENRY’s anxiety builds. He knows that something is very wrong]
HENRY: “Tommy, please. Tell me what’s going on.”
TOMMY: “Sorry, Henry. It’s not my place to say.”
[They arrive at an abandoned warehouse, where PAULIE and JIMMY are waiting]
PAULIE: “Henry, we need to talk.”
HENRY: “What’s this about, Paulie?”
PAULIE: “We’ve been hearing things. People are getting restless. They’re starting to question your loyalty.”
HENRY: “What? That’s crazy!”
JIMMY: “We need you to do something, Henry. Prove to us that you’re still with us.”
PAULIE: “There’s a guy. He’s been talking to the Feds. We need you to take care of him.”
HENRY: “I can’t do that, Paulie. I’m not a killer.”
PAULIE: “Then you’re not one of us anymore. Get him out of here.”
[The enforcers grab HENRY and drag him outside. He knows that there’s no going back now. He’s a dead man walking in the world of the Mafia]
Opening titles roll with an upbeat rock and roll soundtrack. The camera pans down over the Brooklyn Bridge, giving us a view of the New York City skyline. The credits roll over this, and the music fades out.
INT. HENRY’S APARTMENT – DAY
Henry is sitting on his couch, smoking a cigarette and looking nervous. We hear the sound of a car pulling up outside, and Henry jumps up.
HENRY: (to himself) They’re here.
He grabs a gun from his desk and hides it under his shirt. Just then, there’s a knock at the door.
HENRY: (to the door) Who is it?
VOICE: It’s me, Tommy.
Henry hesitates for a moment, then unlocks the door and lets Tommy in.
TOMMY: What the hell is going on, Henry? You’ve been acting like a paranoid freak for weeks.
HENRY: (looking around nervously) Can we talk somewhere else? I don’t want anyone listening in.
TOMMY: (sighs) Fine. Let’s go for a walk.
EXT. BROOKLYN STREETS – DAY
Henry and Tommy are walking down the street, smoking cigarettes.
HENRY: (nervously) Listen, Tommy, I think someone’s gonna whack me.
TOMMY: What are you talking about?
HENRY: (voice breaking) I don’t know who it is, but I can feel it. They’re closing in on me.
TOMMY: (looks around) You’re not being followed, Henry. You’re just freaking yourself out.
HENRY: (tense) No, I swear, something’s not right. I think someone’s talking to the cops.
TOMMY: (skeptical) Who would do something like that?
HENRY: (shrugs) I don’t know. Maybe someone’s got a beef with me. Maybe they’re scared of getting caught themselves.
TOMMY: (puts a hand on Henry’s shoulder) Look, Henry, I promise you, we’ve got your back. You don’t have to worry about a thing.
HENRY: (looks at Tommy) Can I trust you, Tommy?
TOMMY: (serious) You know me better than that, Henry. Of course you can trust me.
HENRY: (sighs) Okay. Okay, I believe you.
Just then, a car pulls up, and a group of men get out. Henry’s eyes go wide with fear.
HENRY: Oh, shit.
TOMMY: (grabs Henry’s arm) Come on. Let’s get out of here.
They start to run down the street, but it’s too late. The men catch up to them, and a gunfight breaks out.
INT. HENRY’S APARTMENT – NIGHT
We see Henry sitting on his couch, smoking a cigarette. His face is battered and bruised, his eyes are bloodshot.
HENRY: (voice-over) That day changed everything. I realized that I was in too deep. That this life wasn’t just about parties and money. It was about betrayal and consequences.