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Henry Hill’s 7 Best And 7 Worst Scenes In Goodfellas Ranked

Henry’s marriage to Karen was rife with extramarital affairs. Janice Rossi (Gina Mastrogiacomo) became his longtime girlfriend sometime after he wed Karen, and the couple often frequented the Copacabana together on Friday nights. Henry, Jimmy, and Tommy were no strangers to cheating on their partners, but Henry’s infidelities are more painful to watch on-screen, as the movie puts the viewers alongside him as the repercussions of his actions unfold violently.

When Henry wakes up in his bed one particular morning, Karen is over him, pointing a revolver in his face. She has found out about Janice and wants to get revenge on him for his deceit. Though it’s an empowering moment for Karen, the scene depicts how menacing Henry can be, as he initially speaks to Karen in a calm, gentle tone. But when he talks her finger off the trigger, a switch is flicked and he erupts in a fit of rage against her. Violence was often a solution in Henry’s crime life, and, often, that solution trickled into his marriage.

Early in their relationship, when he beat her neighbor with the butt of a gun and asked her to dispose of the weapon, she says “I know there are women, like my best friends, who would have gotten out of there the minute their boyfriend gave them a gun to hide. But I didn’t.” From the jump, Karen thought of herself as someone who could handle the life — her confrontation of him was a key turning point, and an acknowledgment that things had gone too far. 

If you or someone you know is dealing with domestic abuse, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233. You can also find more information, resources, and support at their website.



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