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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.
Brian De Palma's Scarface is unquestionably one of the great gangster epics, mainly because of its incredible vibrancy and hyper realism in regards to both the style and the main character tapestry. The feeling of the film is simply suffocating, clashing sound and image in a concussive fashion that bears a shocking resemblance to a train-wreck. In a good way of course. Yet, under all the neon and the constant blaring of a wonderful Giorgio Moroder soundtrack is a character study loaded with depth and crystal-clear focus.
De Palma's direction in particular is amazingly concise. In the infamous "hotel-room sequence", the tension is slowly cranked up to 11, and it works as a result of De Palma's tightly wound timing.…
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.…
Say hello to my lil friend
One of my favourite films of all time. Al Pacino is my favourite none British actor and this is one of his finest performances. Excuse me if I ramble but this is a movie close to my heart and this re-watch has solidified its place in my heart. I have a lot to say about this as I feel its one that truly deserves its place in cinema's most famous.
I'm a big history nut and this period of history is my favourite , the good old cold war! Capitalism , Communism , Castro , Reagan, This period of history saw a stark clash in two ideologies. This is one of the best films that explores how those coming from…
Um filme obrigatório para qualquer cinéfilo, um trabalho fantástico do grande Brian De Palma e uma das atuações mais fodásticas do mito Al Pacino, um dos atores mais espetaculares de todos os tempos, como não lembrar de Tony Montana e da frase: "SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND"? Se você ainda não viu, não sabe o que está perdendo. FILMAÇO!!!!
Viendo a Al Pacino y siguiendo la historia me fue imposible no establecer relaciones entre El Padrino y Scarface.
Si es que en verdad hubiese esa relación, la película se agranda en ironía y significado: da lo mismo si el delincuente es educado o no, si viene de Cuba o es estadounidense descendiente de italianos, si para delinquir tiene un soporte filosófico detrás o simplemente lo mueve su ambición y codicia; ambos son exactamente lo mismo.
¿Cuáles son los puntos en común que veo entre estas películas? En que es la historia de la formación de un imperio en base a la actividad delictual, homicida y corrupta. La aniquilación de los enemigos y la utilización de la violencia para…
Originally seen at Cinema, now on TV
Brutal! Una obra mestra del cine de gangsters. La interpretació d'Al Pacino ja val 5 estrelles. Si a sobre li afegeixes el guió d' Oliver Stone, la direcció de Brian de Palma, el "Push it to the limit", les frases mítiques...
Awesome! A masterpiece of the gangster genre. The sole acting of Al Pacino deserves the five stars. If, furthermore, you add the plot of Oliver Stone, the direction of Brian de Palma, the "Push it to the limit" song, the mythical plot lines....
Tony Montana is one of the most brilliant characters created in the history of cinema, the evolution of Tony Montana through out this movie is just beautiful and genius. What I like the most about this movie is that you are not supposed to fall in love with Tony Montana, you just follow the character as he slowly destroys himself with power and the final scene is the peak of Tony Montana's greed for power, and it is the best scene of the whole movie, just that scene deserves five stars.
Brian De Palma did an amazing job with Scarface, from the cinematography to the sound, it is just brilliant. I've seen two movies from Brian de Palma and so…
Too long for B film,
too outrageous for prestige;
The things I hated about this picture: the soullessness of Florida, the greed of the characters, de Palma’s empty scenes and style, became the things which made it brilliant. This film strips the reality out of shots, it makes everything look fake and cheap and it works wonders.
I had completely forgotten how long Scarface is. 2 Hours and 50 minutes is a long time to spend with such horrible, unlikeable people.
I've seen this several times before, but not since my teens and I remember thinking it was awesome; but now what strikes me is how bloody miserable Montana is throughout the film.
It’s always spoken of now as a great satire of Reaganite greed and capitalism, but I’m…
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