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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.
Two powerhouses Brian DePalma and Oliver Stone made history when they created the ultimate iconic film legend in the form of Tony Montana (Al Pacino)!
The rise and fall of Tony Montana is the stuff of legends! Larger than life figure whose the epitome of all things machismo! One of the most memorable, most quoted and most emulated figures of cinema history!
Highly recommended to those whom appreciate the Gangster/Mobster genre!
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…
Tony Montana's good at his game. He's tough, rough and mean. Yet, underneath there's something unique and kind about this most unusual guy. He's off to America. To begin the dream. To get it, he'll have to do a few seedy deeds. He's playing with fire. but it is, after all, for the pursuit of his personal desires.
Up the ladder he climbs. Making good friends with Miami's lords of crime. One has a pretty girl. She's sweet. But Tony's just not the kind of guy she would usually meet. But under these circumstances, they do. and she soon discovers that Tony is one cool dude.
Relationship with chick on hold. Off to Columbia he goes. A deal is made.…
Some movies grow with you, whilst others fade away. This is the latter.
Once upon a time, in the latter years of high school, Scarface was seriously challenging to be my favourite film, and I had a "say hello to my little friend" memorabilia piece hanging on my bedroom wall. It was just a cool, good time movie.
I remember rewatching this last about 5 years ago, and not being too impressed. The magic was already fading. Unfortunately, I regard it even less highly now.
It is a decent acting ensemble, and very much a rise-and-fall shakespearian epic. Unfortunately, the characters here feel very thin. The Bauer-Mastrantonio chemistry is still very sweet and very tragic. I think Pfeiffer and F.…
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…
I should never have watched this film after the first time in 1983. It does not hold up at all. Ruins my memory.....Sad........
With my mum. I'd just like to start by saying the blu ray is fucking remarkable. It definitely shows its age in some occasions, but its still very good, and the 7.1 sound is perfection. You can feel every voice, and the 80's soundtrack has never sounded more natural. And the gunshots echo through your body whenever one is fired. As for the film itself, anyone who knows me, knows i adore this to within an inch of its life. Its also a movie that gets better with repeated viewings, as more things become noticeable. There's always something new to enjoy.
A movie that, until tonight, was on my list of shame. Now I find myself wishing I had seen it when it came out, since I think it would have hit me harder back then.
It is good, long though I did not get bored, but a bit too stage playish for my liking. Maybe a weird view of a movie with so much swearing and violence, but that is how it struck me. Pacino over emotes and chews the furniture as if he is trying to make sure the people at the back tables of a dinner theatre hear and know what is happening. Plus there is both a Romeo and Juliette plus a MacBeth and Lady MacBeth.
Tony Montana no cinema ! Valeu Cinemark !
I think quite possible the best movie end I've ever seen , and an irony, I found interesting it is my first post here.
Remek film egy gengszter felemelkedéséről és gyors bukásáról. A film kiválóan bemutatja, hogyan tud egy embert teljesen megváltoztatni a pénz és a hatalom. Tony a végén teljesen kifordul önmagából és a bukása elkerülhetetlenné válik. Az egyetlen dolgot sajnálok, hogy viszonylag kevés volt az akció.
I just didn't have much fun with this. I mean, Al Pacino does a lot of cocaine, and it's got a lot of profanity, but it's really talk-y (something de Palma's not great at) and not as stylish as de Palma's best movies. Sometimes it feels like a Coppola picture but just without any subtlety or much interesting characterization. I don't think Stone and de Palma go well together.
1983's Scarface Is One Of My Favorite Films, I Like It Because It Turned 30 Years Old Last Year In 2013.
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