Things You Didn’t Know About The Classic Mob Flick ‘Goodfellas’

In 1990, director Martin Scorcese came out with his American crime film Goodfellas. An adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi’s non-fiction book Wiseguys, it tells the story of mobster Henry Hill and his time in the Lucchese crime family in New York between 1950 and 1980. Over the years, it has earned a reputation as one of the greatest crime films of all time. Although the movie is now a classic, the behind-the-scenes stories and facts about the actors and the real Lucchese family are not as well known. Read on to learn what went into making Goodfellas come to life.

The 1978 Lufthansa Heist Is Still An Open Case

As depicted in the movie, the Lucchese crime family pulled off the $6 million Lufthansa heist in 1978. It was the largest cash robbery in American history at that point. Jimmy Burke was the mastermind of the operation and is credited with its success. The heist left numerous loose ends dead, and many others in prison after Henry Hill’s testimony for other criminal involvement.


However, the case remains open today. The most recent arrest was a 78-year-old Vincent Asaro in 2014. He was believed to have been a lookout and getaway but was later found not guilty. Although Asaro was deemed innocent, the investigation of the heist is still ongoing.