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"
‘Say hello to my little friend!’
‘Scarface’ is considered a classic amongst many a film goer, it has a great cultural impact and is a huge influence to the mob film genre. Nonetheless when I watched it I wasn’t really blown away by its content, to be honest I found it boring. Now maybe I am looking at this film retrospectively, I am so used to the specific tropes and themes used in the film that it seems cliché now, but at the time those ideas were fresh and new. Despite my knowledge of this, I can still spot a number of errors that I can’t look past.
The film is just under 3 hours long, yet it is filled…
One of my favorite movies of all time with some of the most recognizable lines in movie history, including my favorite: "You need people like me..."
Yeah, this movie spawned the careers of dozens of terrible gangsta rappers who think they're so tough cuz they're from da streetz yo! Still, Scarface is a well directed crime epic with iconic moments and performances. We just don't get characters like Tony Montana anymore in the world of cinema.
"Say hello to my little friend!"
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Scarface is exhilarating when it embraces its cinematic impulses but grinds to a halt when it's melodramatic nature presents itself, culminating in a loud and obnoxious sum zero work.
If you've ever seen Howard Hawk's 1930s original Scarface, you can appreciate the work put forth by Brian DePalma on this 1983 remake. It's almost eerie how similar the two films are, granted a few major differences. The story arcs are practically identical; we see an immigrant coming to America escaping political turmoil, we follow his rise through an organization, his overtaking of the helm, and his downfall after succumbing to greed. DePalma explicitly shows the incestuous relationship between Gina and Tony here, while Hawk's version made it more implied due to censor problems at the time.
The most notable difference between the two films is the ethnicity of "Scarface". In Hawk's version, Tony was the child of Italian immigrants,…
Despite its shortcomings, one must admit that Scarface is one of the rare conceptually successful remakes. Updating the Depression-era Chicago setting to 1980s Miami in the aftermath of the Mariel Harbor boat lift, Brian De Palma and screenwriter Oliver Stone successfully give the movie new relevance while retaining the original’s anxieties regarding immigration. What they fail to do, however, is provide much of a counterpoint for this anxiety. While title cards enforce the fact that most of these Cuban immigrants were not criminals, the only Cubans we see in the film are despicable. Nonetheless, as a satire of capitalism run amuck, Scarface has its pleasures. When Tony complains about his increasing taxation whilst lounging in his mansion, one can only…
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
- The Shawshank Redemption
- The Godfather
- The Godfather: Part II
- Pulp Fiction
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Some love it, some hate it, but I figured we might as well have the IMDb list here. Since it's…