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After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fueled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.
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.
Written by Oliver Stone, directed by Brian De Palma & starring Al Pacino in the most vicious role of his career, Scarface is widely considered as a defining classic of its genre & also works as one fascinating character study but what single-handedly elevates this crime drama to a certain level of greatness is Pacino's unforgettable rendition of his character, Tony Montana.
A remake of the 1932 film of the same name, Scarface tells the story of Tony Montana; a Cuban immigrant who arrives in 1980s America with nothing but then rapidly rises to become a powerful drug lord. Extremely protective of his younger sister, disowned by his mother & driven by his greed for more power, the plot covers his journey to…
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.…
Review In A Nutshell:
Brian De Palma and Oliver Stone teaming up in their take of the American Dream, revolving around the political refugee named Tony Montana as he gets sucked into the glamour and profit of the drug underworld set in 1980 Miami. There have been two previous viewings where I felt this was a decent entry for both directors, couldn’t help myself but smile when its iconic moments appear on screen; but this recent viewing has opened my eyes to what dull catastrophe this film truly is, an experience that left me inattentive throughout due to its overpowering and discomforting performance by Al Pacino, and I mean this in a negative way, with his heavy accent and overemphasised…
Scarface over the last thirty years has attained cult status as a crime classic. Directed by Brian De Palma with a blood-soaked screenplay courtesy of Oliver Stone, Scarface is not for the fainthearted. Featuring a tour de force of maniacal menace from Al Pacino this doesn't paint Cubans in a very flattering light and copped flak from ex-pats living in the US. for its portrayal of their countrymen. Drug-fueled and violent, the birth of Tony Montana and Pacino's second most iconic character is sensational.
It's 1980 and Cuban refugee Tony Montana is prepared to do anything to rise through the criminal ranks and make a name for himself. Cue chainsaws, machine guns, and copious amounts of cocaine that turn little…
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…
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This is an extremely well constructed exploration into the psyche of characters like Tony Montana (brilliantly played by Al Pacino). This is not so much a film about that actions that this character takes and the choices he makes, but rather the motivation and impact that those decisions and actions have on him and his own personally world.
There is a surprising amount of character driven drama throughout this film as various relationships between characters are developed and explored. It's all handled extremely well and adds an extra dimension to the story that helps it to deliver its emotional punches, especially in the film's final act.
That being said, I felt as though the film seemed to lose its way…
Crazy over the top gangster film, great central character and an interesting story
"I'm Tony Montana! You fuck with me, you fuckin' with the best!"
Today is the great Al Pacino's 76th birthday. He's my favorite actor so to celebrate the occasion, I decided to rewatch one of my favorites: Scarface. I've watched a bunch of Brian De Palma films recently and though I've liked most of them, none of them compare to Scarface. From the fantastic camerawork, to the brilliant soundtrack, to the amazing cast Scarface is a masterpiece. It's nearly three hours long, but it never outstays its welcome. Though the film achieves greatness on many levels it is Al Pacino's incredible performance as Tony Montana that brings it all together. When talking about the biggest Oscar snubs, Pacino's iconic turn in Scarface is up there as one of the biggest. 9.5/10
Despite De Palma's perfect direction, the story simply couldn't hold my attention. Maybe it's the pinnacle story of the crime lord who had it all then lost it, but I've seen it done better since the film's release (The Wolf of Wall Street). I get that it's all excess, with the women and the drugs and the discos, but beyond that I had nothing to chew on. The technical aspects make it worth returning to... and I could even stand to see Pacino chew scenery more as Montana.
Al Pacino's performance was absolutely flawless; how he made such a ruthless, gruesome, power-hungry gangster so funny, likeable and incredibly sexy is beyond me.
It's not Scarface or De Palma's fault that his film became most notably emblazoned on dorm room walls and became one of the de facto desktop wallpapers for Mr. Tough Guys who saw Tony Montana as merely a drug-fueled badass, but it does detract from the experience now. Can you imagine seeing Fight Club for the first time as an adult? I think this film suffers a similar fate. Maybe this is a shallow first appraisal. One day I'll give Mr. Montana another shot.
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