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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…
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…
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.…
"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.
Say hello to my little review. Good movie.
Not one of my favorite De Palma films but there are things about it I really enjoy. It has a really nice layer of sleaze on it. I used to hate the synthesizer score but it is starting to grow on me. And Pacino is great in this; one of his first over-the-top performances.
Certainly overlong and not precisely one of the first films that would come to my mind if I started listing the greatest gangster films ever made, Brian De Palma's Scarface is nonetheless an energetically filmed, intensely performed, disturbingly violent, and, whether you like or not, a really memorable film.
Al Pacino's performance as Tony Montana is one of the main reasons for its status as an iconic cult film. His work here is quite complex and hard to describe. He has moments of pure brilliancy, while others in which he overacts a lot. However, no actor in the world looks cooler doing that than Al Pacino. He has had better performances and that's a fact, but not in vain this remains one of his most famous roles.
Pacino is full of rage in this crime epic, in fact all players are on top form in this corker of a movie.
Is there really anything I can say about this classic that hasn't already been said a billion times??
I came to Scarface knowing three things. It was directed by Brian De Palma, a director who I've just started exploring. It was written by Oliver Stone, a writer and director who has done some well-regarded work I've never seen and some poorly regarded work that has flummoxed me (there is a lengthy piece to be written about the bizarre, somewhat fascinated failure of Savages). It's occasionally been quoted by my Dad, Pacino accent and all, to annoy people. So I went into Scarface curious, but cautious.
And I was pleasantly surprised. Tony Montana is a repellent, fascinating lead, a man obsessed with reshaping the world to fit his perception of it. He completely lacks any self-awareness, and charges ahead…
Scarface is one of those 3 hour films that keeps you entertained all the way. This movie is about greed, it's about power, and most importantly about the delusion of the 'American Dream'.
Al Pacino plays Tony Montana, whom you see on screen slowly being transformed by his increase in wealth and power. Pacino is surprisingly comedic in this role and yet still manages to be a guy you don't want to cross.
Would definitely recommend this to everyone.
The man who wants it all. Al Pacino's Tony Montana is brilliant. You see his journey from a refugee camp to an overflow of wealth and a mansion and everything money can buy. A gangster movie if there was one. When I first watched this film in middle school, I didn't have an appreciation for it and thought it was lame. Now that I've watched it as an adult I've grown to see it's awesomeness. You root for the bad guy here. He's just so quotable and likable as a character in this film. For a bad guy, he also has some strong morals. About friends, family, and about not killing kids. You watch Tony kill countless people here, but…
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