I Found Henry Hill in Witness Protection (Well, Sort Of)

Finding the filming location from the final scene of Goodfellas.

Ray Liotta as Henry Hill in “Goodfellas.”
The final scene of “Goodfellas,” depicting Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) in his new life in the Federal Witness Protection Program, or WITSEC.

What Was Known

The only information online about where this scene was shot is on IMDb, where its location is listed as Marlboro, NJ. There’s no info anywhere else to corroborate this, but it was the only lead to go off of.

IMDb.com

The Clues

The Neighborhood

The first thing of note in the scene is a few rows of suburban houses on streets diverging from each other. It looks like a new housing development, as multiple new homes are being built. Henry’s block looks like a straight row of houses, wheres the houses behind it (some seen from the front, some from the back) sit on two blocks that veer off from each other a bit.

The new housing development surrounding Henry’s new WITSEC home. (“Goodfellas”)

The Moving Truck

The biggest clue comes next — a moving truck briefly seen passing through between houses. The company, Birardi Movers, is a real moving company in Old Bridge, NJ — 15 minutes from Marlboro, where IMDb says the scene was shot.

A moving truck briefly seen in the movie places the location as New Jersey. (“Goodfellas”)

The Houses

Henry’s new house has a multi-colored brick facade with a garage/driveway on the left and a unique array of windows on its left side. The house to its left has the reverse setup — a garage on its right side.

Henry Hill’s house on right in both frames. (“Goodfellas”)
The house seen behind Henry’s in the movie. (“Goodfellas”)

The Search

Luck

Going off these leads, the next thing to do was browse Google Maps’ 3D aerial view for similar-looking houses — two houses with driveways next to each other, or one with two dormers & a chimney — and then try to match up details further on Google Street View.

The Newspaper Search

Searching Newspapers.com for new housing developments that were popping up in Marlboro, NJ around 1989 (when Goodfellas was shot), I came across a few real estate listings for homes for sale in something called the “Greenbriar Development”. Googling more about the Greenbriar community, I was able to narrow down the general area within Marlboro where the house was located, and re-found the house in a matter of minutes after that.

Asbury Park Press via Newspapers.com

The House

Here’s the Witness Protection Program home of the man formerly known as Henry Hill. (Again, in the movie. Not in real life.)

The Proof

All the details from the above clues match up perfectly: two houses with reverse setups, the house with dormers in the background, the bricks.

Henry & his neighbors’ houses, with mirrored garage layouts as seen in the movie. (Left:Goodfellas” | Right: Google Street View)
Comparing the side windows on Henry’s house. (Left: “Goodfellas” | Right: Google Street View)
Matching the bricks on Henry’s house. (Left:Goodfellas” | Right: Google Street View)
The house with dormers seen behind Henry & his neighbors’ houses. (Left:Goodfellas” | Right: Google Street View)

The Address

The house that stood in for Henry’s new home in the Witness Protection Program was filmed at 14 Benchley Drive, in Marlboro Township, New Jersey.

Writer; non-fiction, TV & pop culture pieces scattered across the internet. The remainders fall here. www.nickriccardo.com

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store