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The scene is explained especially early - at the Lufthansa heist, where everyone was flaunting their cash after the crime. Jimmy is super paranoid, and will sever ties with anyone who can finger him. He killed or had killed everyone associated with that crime, including, famously, the wives. The surest settlement to anything dangerous to him is to have the ...


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Ultimately, Tommy doesn't get away with being a psychopath - he's killed at the behest of his superiors. The Murders For a time, Tommy gets away with murdering Billy Batts because his superiors don't know for sure that Tommy killed Billy Batts. If I remember correctly, only Jimmy (Irish) & Henry (half-Irish) are present for the murder. They're not made ...


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That character was based on real life wiseguy Thomas Desimone. You can read about him at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_DeSimone#References Apparently he was as unpredictable, probably more than Joe Pesci's character. So it isn't so much that he's allowed to be psychotic. You could argue that being a mafioso is psychotic in itself. Why ...


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Because when Tommy exploded at the bar after Batts' comment, the bar was full of people including Batts' boys. It was also public that Henry was trying to prevent a fight and got Tommy to leave. The exchange between Batts, Henry and Jimmy was pleasant and apologetic. There was nothing to give suspicion to them. In the versions I've seen there was no ...


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I can't seem to find a definitive answer to this. ExecShirts.com (however famous they are) call it a Small Spread Collar: They say: The Small Spread Collar is another unique collar, it has very little spread with the collar halves coming almost straight down. The edges of the collar are rounded for a softer look. Their is a small space at the ...


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As mentioned in other answers, Tommy is based on a real person. The mafiosos knew Tommy was an unpredictable psychopath, and feared that side in him (see the famous "Funny how?" scene). But they tolerated that side of him because he was extremely useful to them as a brute and as a hitman. No job seemed to be too violent or too dark for Tommy, and that made ...


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I also tend to think Jimmy's plan was to have Karen killed. As the FBI agent later tells her "don't give me the babe in the woods routine, Karen. I've listened to those wiretaps... you're talking about cocaine." Karen knew a lot and, as others have pointed out, Jimmy had spouses killed for less than that. I think the reason why Jimmy may have been sloppy in ...


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He was gonna have her whacked PERIOD! As @wbogacz alludes to they knew too much and were a liability to him. If you listen real closely you can hear the men in the alley way say " Shhh Shhh" when they spot Karen. Jimmy being a true bully didn't have the guts to do it himself, just like with Morrie, so he was gonna get someone else to do it. Henry ...


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My conclusion was that, if he had wanted to kill her he would have. The fact that she survived says to me that she was never in any danger. Although it's a possibility it crossed Jimmy's mind. Perhaps we will never know.


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Everyone knew he was psychotic (and I mean more so than others although the mafia is full of dangerous people) - note how someone (not sure who) tries to intervene in the 'you think I'm funny' scene - he says something like "Tommy, you got it all wrong" and Tommy replies "He can speak for himself" and everyone is immediately quiet as they did not want to ...



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