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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.
The inhabitants of a coastal American city are terrorized by a vicious, single-minded predator that arrives on their shores and consumes as much as possible. Political forces seeking largely to maintain profit margins prevent local law enforcement from being able to battle the monster effectively, but eventually a lucky shot gives him an explosive death on his own territory.
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.…
Scarface is definitely worthy of its cult status, featuring one of Al Pacino most iconic performances as the ambitious, ruthless and proud Tony Montana. Brian De Palma does a geat job in making us feel transported to this period of time with the flashy soundtrack, stylish direction and many quotable scenes. Apart from pacing issues, Scarface is undeniably a fascinating film. While the story might seem pretty straightforward, it feels grand and you can't help but get totally captivated by Pacino's impressive performance and the whole vibe of the 80s. There's plenty of violence, dark humor and drama, making it always a highly engaging piece of work. I can only regret not having seen this remarkable gem before!
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…
I've seen this film many times but never in theatres. Not only did watching it on a big screen suck you in but also watching it in the context of TIFF's De Palma retrospective added so much too.
Scarface is one of the biggest cult classics of film and because of that I've always seen it separate from his career. Watching it now after rewatching many of his other films recently, made it feel so much more apart of him. It's De Palma at his most creative and having all the tools at his disposal to do what he wants.
There's zero way this film could be made today. The film is too political, too dark, too ambitious and most…
Takes a while to get going (an hour and thirty minute while to be exact) but when it goes, it goes like Pacino on blow in the know about the ho stealing his dough for her show about Thoreau so he loads her with ammo in the torso.
I'm not on drugs.
"Say 'good night' to the bad guy!"
I have an interesting story with "Scarface". The first time I saw it, which was when I was about 13 or so, I didn't really get all that into it. After that, I revisit it every now and then during the next few years of my life and I definitely liked it more and more each time, but it was still a case of "I respect the impact you had on cinema a lot more than I actually like you".
This is about the fifth or sixth time I see this movie and I actually got the chance to go check this out in the theater. Oh. My. God. This was the ultimate…
“Nothing exceeds like excess.”
Of all the films purporting to tackle the American Dream’s blind enslavement to greed and excess, Scarface may be one of the few to present a collision of gratuitous style, allegory, melodrama, and themes that is worthy of the task.
While many so-called “art” films have flirted with a commentary on capitalism, an academicism nearly always keeps the creators (and viewers) at a distance from the debauchery. Hollywood and its moralist/economic interests has rarely produced a film that is allowed to revel in the necessary level of gluttony for such an extended portion of its runtime. But more importantly, few filmmakers have been willing (or capable) to commit themselves wholly to such bald-faced excess in visual…
No se que tengo con esta peli. Me gusta, pero en parte no me convence. No es Al Pacino, que esta de p...ta madre en esta peli, ni la historia en sí. Pero son los detalles. Tony Montana no es un protagonista benévolo, y no me refiero a su falta de moral, sino a que es un personaje con pocas características redentoras, las cuales se esfuman bastante rápido ante sus vicios y actitudes. Que ahí esta el tema con el personaje, es un desgraciado, un mierda, lleno de ambición. Y al principio su ambición, sus "cojones" (como él dice) y su habilidad le permiten llegar alto rápidamente. Pero va cayendo ante su arrogancia (aumentada por su éxito), su falta de…
Watching Scarface all the way through for the first time while drunk in a mountain cabin on VHS was an amazing experience.
Al Pacino is the shit in this movie. Brian De Palma directs the shit out of this movie. Oliver Stone wrote the shit out of this screenplay.
A stone cold classic of crime cinema.
PUSH IT TO THE LIMIT!
My favorite Al Pacino's performance
For better or for worse, it palpably reveals how De Palma became Tarantino's favorite movie brat.
I saw this the day before I saw Blow Out and it's really awesome to see a director takle two very different stories in two very different styles but still be absolutely fascinating.
I also now have a second hand addiction to coke.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Complete list. :-(