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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…
Being so ingrained in popular culture in every sense of the term, I thought I knew everything there was to know about Scarface. I thought it was a campy, blood drenched 80's tale of excess and nonsense with little cinematic redemption. I thought of Tony Montana as the ultimate 'badass' that college kids idolize on their walls and in their imitations. Having finally felt compelled to watch it, this is the extent of what I was expecting.
Was I surprised? Maybe not entirely. The description I initially gave is, after all, not entirely untrue. Is it cheesy, nonsensically violent and unmistakably stained by the stylism that only the 1980s can provide? It most certainly is. Is it a brilliant film?…
no es para nada mi estilo pero no puedo dudar de que esta bien echa asi que sopesando esta es mi votacion...
"You wanna play rough? Okay."
Scarface is directed by Brian De Palma, and stars Al Pacino, Steven Bauer and Michelle Pfeiffer. It is a remake of the 1932 film, of the same name. Everyone has heard of Scarface, and its finale is a pop culture icon in its own right - but the initial critical reception to Scarface was actually quite mixed - critics panned the overacting, the bland cinematography and the gratuitous swearing, violence and drug use.
Scarface is definitely a good movie, highlighted by Pacino's performance (yes, he overacts, but it's fun and it fits) and for a 2 hour 50 minute film, it doesn't feel long or boring, and has excellent pacing. However, it's not a perfect…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
ugh. Michelle Pfeiffer though.
I hate this goddamned movie. It had been fifteen years since I last watched it and for some reason I thought my opinion would change. Clunky script, illogical plotting, over-bloated dialogue, way too long. I love De Palma and I hate Oliver Stone. That sums it up.
I think Scarface despite being a very controversial movie is an excellent masterpiece I understand why people hated the chainsaw scene and Al Pacino's over the top acting but for me those stuff worked in the movie well I thought every thing worked alot of people think that after this film Al Pacino just started doing the same performance over and over again and i liked that because like i said I thought he was perfect in the movie so was Michelle Pfeiffer in her first role the violence is awesome because i feel it adds to the story and to Tony's character, the ending is just pure perfection which is why Scarface is very underatted (like Fight Club) it…
I don't quite like this movie poster on Letterboxd. (Tony holding rifle with the red background)
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