Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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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.
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.
"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.
"Why don't you try sticking your head up your ass? See if it fits"
As much as it may hurt me to do so, considering a movie as hyped and for which I held such high expectations, I can't help but consider this piece utterly dated.
From Tony Montana's announced rise from the Cuban refugees to his equally predictable downfall, there was not a moment when I didn't have to excuse the movie for its flabbiness, ridiculous 80's aesthetics and dumb plot mechanisms.
The moments that are supposed to be shocking are hardly so, and the realism of Tony's empire is definitely questionable, as I've seen more sustainable bases for a coke business than bribing single DEA agents and carrying loads of money bags into major banks in broad daylight.
The only aspect that…
As flawed as it is, I dare you to find a more entertaining motion picture.
Good movie, a classic that should be watched
I really enjoyed "Scarface". Even though the film can be shorter than 170 minutes, it's still a great classic. I was never left bored during this film. Even though the movie can be shortened by like 70 minutes, time still flies when your watching this picture. Al Pacino owned the role as Tony Montana. He played such a menacing guy really well. The performance is iconic and memorable. Now when you say Al Pacino, all I can think of now is "Scarface", because this is HIS performance. The finale battle scene is really fun to watch. It's so awesome and a great finale to a great movie. It's entertaining from start to finish with tons of elements to enjoy. The…
12 08 1998
I'm a big fan of Mafia/gangster movies, my favourite movie of all time is 'Goodfellas'. Seeing 'Scarface for The first time made me realise how original of a movie it was at the time. There are many memorable scenes and phrases that I knew came from 'Scarface' before I even saw it, "Say hello to my little friend!", "You fuck with me, you fuckin' with the best!", they're endless.
Al Pacino's performance is one for the ages. He's ruthless and aggressive and even though his character's a scumbag you can't help but like him even just a little bit. At times I hated his character but he's simultaneously charismatic. I haven't seen nearly all of his movies but after seeing…
A fancifully bloody, yet flavorless 80s sleaze fest. I admire some of DePalma's early work (Blow Out and Casualties of War are two of my favorite 80's films). Certain aspects of Scarface surely even served as an inspiration to some of my favorite movies (many of Tarantino's films, but particularly the climax of Inglourious Basterds). However, in the case of Scarface, I think my viewing experience was preemptively tarnished by the stigma of stoners, thugs and wannabe drug kingpins that surround this film. Despite some great scenes and set pieces, I don't think there's any possible way that I could enjoy it. Perhaps I should give it another chance in 20 years, after all the low-lifes have grown up and stopped wearing the Tshirts, when quoting the movie stops being cool. I love gangster films and certainly don't mind ultra-violence, but this was a boring mess. Perhaps I'm just desensitized. I'm still going to give Hawks's Scarface a chance though.
Glad to have seen this.
A business meeting is cut short when the boss introduces his little friend.
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