Name That Wiseguy: Which Robert De Niro Gangster Said It?

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Sept. 13 2013 4:04 PM

Name That Wiseguy: Which Robert De Niro Gangster Said It?

Robert De Niro
Clockwise from top left: Robert De Niro in The Godfather: Part II, The Untouchables, Goodfellas, Casino, Shark Tale, and Analyze That.

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Film stills courtesy Paramount (2), Warner Brothers, Universal, DreamWorks, Warner Brothers.

Over the course of his roughly 40-year career Robert De Niro has played nearly a dozen different gangsters. (And that’s not counting movies like Mean Streets and A Bronx Tale, in which De Niro brushes up against the mob but is not a made man himself.) This week he stars as a goodfella yet again in The Family, which got us thinking: How well can we tell all of De Niro’s gangsters apart?

Below you’ll find eight different threats made by seven different Robert De Niro wiseguys. Making things a little easier, you won’t see quotes from his obscure early roles in The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight and Bloody Mama. Can you match the gangster with his threat?


Highlight the text below to reveal the answer.

“Look at me. Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.”
This was said by    Jimmy Conway    in                 Goodfellas (1990)             .

“I’m gonna tell you something. Somebody messes with me, I’m gonna mess with with him.”
This was said by       Al Capone         in              The Untouchables (1987)    .

“Hey, you say 'Yo' one more time, and I’m gonna yo you.”
This was said by       Don Lino           in                Shark Tale (2004)              .

“Do that, and we'll give you the kids number. If you don’t, look for your kid yourself.”
This was said by “Noodles” Aaronson in Once Upon a Time in America (1984).

“I only got two hands. I got the left and the right. So I can slap you with either one. Now get outta here.”
This was said by      Paul Vitti            in                 Analyze That (2002)        .

“All right, I’m gonna give you a choice. You can either have the money and the hammer or you can walk out of here. You can’t have both. What do you want?”
This was said by      Ace Rothstein     in                    Casino (1995)                .

“I make him an offer he don’ refuse. Don’ worry.”
This was said by      Vito Corleone     in       The Godfather: Part II  (1974)    .

“You make one more move on me you motherfucker I’ll fucking cut your fucking balls off I’ll shove them up your fucking ass, I’ll fucking bury you, I’ll put ice picks in your eyes, I’ll chop your fucking eyeballs, I’ll send them to your fucking family so they can eat them for dessert.”
This was said by      Paul Vitti           in                 Analyze This  (1999)           .

Let us know how you did in the comments.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 

Emma Goss is a Slate intern.



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