The world is yours...
Tony Montana is an exiled Cuban criminal who goes to work for Miami drug lord Robert Loggia. Montana rises to the top of Florida's crime chain, appropriating Loggia's cokehead mistress in the process.
You've heard the saying "The face that launched a thousand ships"?
Well this is the movie that launched the small time weed-dealing careers of thousands of highschool gangsters with scarface posters on their bedroom walls in their parent's houses.
Oliver Stone and Brian De Palma came together to make what is now considered a classic by many of the gangster genre, combining Oliver Stone's somewhat B-movie script with endlessly quotable dialogue with De Palma's elegant and fast paced directing.
It all starts with a mini-documentary of the Mariel boatlift accompanied by an amazing deep soundtrack and one of the cuban refugees is Tony Montana (Al Pacino) being interrogated and making jokes the whole time, he's a ballsy guy and he's ambitious. He only cares for his best friend Manny (Steven Bauer), with whom he shares his ambitions, and his sister, Gina (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), apart from that he doesn't feel for anyone else and will stop at nothing to…
As remakes go, Scarface already does better than 99% of the competition right out the gate: Updating one of the definitive Prohibition-era gangster stories for the cocaine era is an inspired choice, and one the movie capitalizes on completely.
There's some heavy stuff going on in Casa de Montana: Corruption, addiction, fanaticism, incest, greed, jealousy, violence, etc, and De Palma does his usual magic trick of spinning it all into a compulsively watchable stew. Even when you want to look away, you can't. Seeing this for the first time in years of De Palma worship made me realize just how huge his style is here - the set-pieces are just as gruesome and masterful as in his thrillers, probably my…
Why in dog's name this glorious exercise in ridiculousness is taken even remotely seriously, I will never know.
"Why don't you try sticking your head up your ass? See if it fits"
"First you get the money, then you get the power then when you get the power, then you get the women."
The American dream in a nutshell...and what a wonderful nutshell. That's the best way I can describe this film other than this is one of the coolest, most badass films ever made.
It's superbly acted including the iconic performance from Al Pacino, the direction from Brian DePalma is nothing short from fantastic, its script includes a very compelling story and it is quotable as hell, but I've always had one trouble with the film: the pacing. I have no problem with this being 10 minutes short from being 3 hours long since it's always entertaining and engaging as it can be, but I do have a huge problem with it feeling this fucking slow, hell if the pacing would've been better this could easily be perfect, it has the potential to be something as great as The Godfather. But as it is, Scarface is one of the strongest and most quotable gangster films of all time.
Say good night to the bad guy.
Capitalism as a cocktail of greed, machismo and excess. Tony Montana's ethics revolve around his balls with all actions being an extension of his patriarchal world view. His protection of Gina (and his mother), his constant assertion of dominance, his code of honour and his desire to own everything (tigers? women? Same thing). There is some interesting stuff about his fleeing from Cuba as a political refugee with America being the country to house his ambition legitimately, but that all occurs in the films far superior first half.
Once Tony starts to "push it to the limit" (I'm sorry De Palma, I can't forgive you for that), it all goes downhill, as the film starts to replicate and indulge in…
Every time I see this film I grow to like it more. The directing is superb, the acting is top notch all the way, the story is succinct and never boring and the score is perfect. Not too often you find yourself watching a two hour plus film and then wondering where all the time went when it finishes.
Do you think the gangsters and/or rappers comment on the camera work?
This film is so quotable it's not even funny, the script jumps from genius and wild to tacky and lame —and that's why I think this movie is such a classic— at times you love it... but at times you feel you're watching some 80's Mexican soap-opera. It plays with your feelings.
Pacino's performance is out of this world... literally, you can't imagine that someone like Tony Montana could walk this earth. He's this bizarre over the top character that personifies the desire we all have to be someone other than your average human being. He nailed it.
However, everyone else sucked. Horrible performances... really... and I mean really. What's up with that? Pacino runs circles around everyone else.
But man... that ending. Wow.
One could call this remake tacky - It sort of is. Yet its quick, flashy style emphasizes the maniacal aspects of the movie. The opening credits + soundtrack immedietly set the scene and stab you in the face, preparing you for the ride that's coming.
The scene that made it, much more than the famous ending, and is one of my all-time favorites, is the baroque, dramatic blimp scene. The world is definitely not yours.
It's amazing... Al Pacino is disturbing in this movie...!!!
Communism or capitalism are madness for a man...
Elvira killed more people with her sarcasm than Tony did with his ''little friend''.
De Palma magic