Ass-kicker: Tommy DeVito and Jimmy Conway
Victim: Billy Batts
When you’re a little kid, being a shoeshine boy is an honest living; give a few pairs of shoes that desired, glossy appearance, pocket the cash, and then go buy yourself a video game. But for temperamental gangster Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) in Martin Scorsese’s classic Goodfellas, his childhood days of cleaning older men’s kicks is a sore subject—he’s now a big-time mobster, so reminders about his less-than-minimum-wage past won’t go unpunished.
Fresh out of jail, Gambino crime family member Billy Batts (Frank Vincent), a made man, hits up the local bar for a few celebratory drinks with his pals, the same drinking hole where Tommy and his associates Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) are knocking a few stiff beverages back. Small talk leads an argument between Tommy and Batts, which concludes with Batts spitting on a peace treaty with, “Go get your fuckin’ shinebox!”
Though he doesn’t retrieve his old work kit, Tommy does kick the ever-living shit out of Billy Boy, with Jimmy joining in for a few foot stomps himself. At least they won’t have to look far for someone who knows how to properly wipe the blood off of their shoes.