Shooting Henry Hill (DVD Review)14 Sep, 2008 By: Pete Croatto
Shooting Henry Hill provides an unfortunate update on the real-life mobster-turned-stool-pigeon made famous in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas.
When a film crew tracks Hill down in 2005, he is making $7 an hour as a cook in North Platte, Neb. Hill is frequently filmed drunk and disheveled, with subtitles provided to interpret words ravaged by booze, cigarettes and God knows what else.
Though Hill says that he was “relieved” when entering the Federal Witness Protection Program in 1980, he still manages to find trouble. As filming continues he’s in the middle of an organized crime investigation. On top of that, he has a stormy relationship with his recovering addict wife, Kelly, who is divorced from Hill’s former driver and current co-worker, Dale. Even Hill’s manager is eager to take advantage of him.
The interviews with Hill and his friends and family reveal a man who has blown his second chance at life, willfully surrounding himself with destructive people and indulging in the same behavior that nearly killed him.
Shooting Henry Hill is essential viewing for one reason. It offers a sobering, depressing epilogue to the cinema’s glamorized version of organized crime.
Extras include Hill talking about his family and his involvement in the Boston College point-shaving scandal and the Lufthansa heist.