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Ex-mobster of 'Goodfellas' fame wanted in Calif.Tell North Platte what you think
 
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Henry Hill

A mobster-turned-FBI informant, former North Platte resident, whose life inspired the movie "Goodfellas" is wanted for failing to appear in court on tickets alleging he was drunk in public in San Bernardino.

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Henry Hill, 65, made quite a splash in North Platte after he moved here and presented a menu for a local Italian restaurant, Firefly.

Hill faces two $25,000 arrest warrants. He says he wasn't aware he needed to be present in court Wednesday and had asked for a new hearing date because he was having hernia surgery.

"I was hoping the court would understand," Hill told The Press-Enterprise of Riverside from his San Fernando Valley home.

The cases stem from two public intoxication arrests in May 2008. Hill said he was in alcohol rehabilitation at the time.

Hill was again arrested in Los Angeles earlier this year and released before his arraignment because of jail crowding.

"I don't remember much of all that, but I've been sober a month now," he told the newspaper. "I don't want to drink anymore."

The "Goodfellas" movie ends with Hill, played by Ray Liotta, entering federal witness protection after implicating fellow mobsters in murders and the 1978 heist of $5.8 million in cash from a Lufthansa Airlines vault in New York.

Drug arrests led to Hill being removed from the federal program in the early 1990s.


Hill in North Platte

The infamous mobster whose life story resulted in the movie “Goodfellas,” was charged in Lincoln County Court with multiple crimes during the time he lived here.

He was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine and numerous of counts of assault. After an argument with his estranged wife, Kelly, Hill then got into an argument with the former manager of the bar, Dale Norblad, who ordered Hill to leave.

Hill repeatedly threatened bar patrons, brandished knives at his wife and others and allegedly cut the tires of his enemies.

Drunk most of the time, Hill wore out his welcome in North Platte and spent more than six months in the Lincoln County jail. He fled after he was released for treatment in 2007.

Hill has disappointed prosecutors before.

By the time his story came out in the movie “GoodFellas” in 1990, Hill had been kicked out of the witness protection program. Since then, he has been convicted of drunken driving in Washington, where he and his second wife, Kelly, formerly lived.

But Hill has been able to maintain a life of celebrity based on Scorese’s movie.

Hill lived in North Platte several years, published a popular cookbook and helped design an Italian food menu for The Firefly restaurant.

He also marketed his Sunday Gravy marinara sauce.


'Goodfellas' ranks best in Brit mag's movie list

Martin Scorsese's classic mobster movie "Goodfellas" is the greatest film of all time, according to experts at a British film magazine.

The 1990 film, which is based on the exploits of real-life gangster Henry Hill and stars Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci - who won an Academy Award for his performance - was No. 1 in a Total Film magazine list published Monday.

"'Goodfellas' has it all," the magazine said, "story, dialogue, performances, technique. It is slick, arguably the slickest film ever made. But it is also considered, layered and freighted with meaning."

"Vertigo," Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece starring Kim Novak as a woman who is haunted by her dual persona, was No. 2, and "Jaws," the thriller that starred a killer shark, was third.

"Fight Club," starring Brad Pitt, came fourth, followed by "The Godfather, Part II," Orson Welles' classic "Citizen Kane" and "Tokyo Story," directed by Japan's Yasujiro Ozu. "The Empire Strikes Back," the second film in George Lucas' "Star Wars" saga, was eighth.

The "Lord of the Rings" trilogy was at No. 9 and the Cary Grant comedy "His Girl Friday" was 10th.

Another mob-movie classic, "The Godfather," came in at No. 23.

There were a number of surprises, with the classic wartime drama "Casablanca" making it to only No. 98 and "Lawrence of Arabia" languishing at No. 77.

Other films in the top 25 included "Chinatown" (No. 12), "Manhattan" (No. 13), "Taxi Driver" (No. 14), "It's a Wonderful Life" (No. 15), "Apocalypse Now" (No. 20), "Rear Window" (No. 24) and "Sunset Boulevard" (No. 25).


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/22/2009
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