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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.
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!
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 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…
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…
♫ This is the tale of Tony Montana ♫
(This is the tale!)
Cubano flame, with the Miami nuts.
(Take it home!)
Got a basehead wife,
But her womb is polluted
This whole town's a pussy, just waiting to get fucked!
♫ (Just waitin' to get fucked!) ♫
It's interesting, the first time I watched this I thought it was kind of overrated. I re-watching it, I don't know what I was thinking. This movie is great. There are a few slow scenes here and there, but still, what a film. I'm going to make this rating higher than what I originally gave it.
Original Grade: 8/10 (B+).
New Grade: 9.2/10 (A).
A good gangster film starring Al Pacino.
Could this be the most overrated film of all time?
I can not say how many times i seen this film. It one of my favorite mafia movies ever
Finally saw it.
Really enjoyed the outrageous-ness of this classic.
Pacino chewing up the scenery right and left. Loved it.
De Palma's push-in close-ups with crazy sound effects were ridiculous but awesome.
Good ol' '80s.
Good ol' cocaine.
My oh my.
how much I like it (50): 41
how good it is (50): 40
overall (100): 81
While gritty and at times unabashedly violent, Scarface oddly enough suffers from the same trappings as a biopic: wide focus on timelines over thematic cohesion, offscreen plot developments, circuitous character appearances. And, most disappointingly, the film lacks what makes great De Palma films--a trademark knack for the seedy underbelly of human behavior, which would go a long way in rounding out this straightforward crime tragedy.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
One of the most powerful depictions of a anti-hero blowing out into oblivion through the proceeds of the poisoned fruit of crime,
An inspiration to many, many were called few were chosen like our latest fallen drug warrior "El Chapo Gusman" whom IS/WAS vastly more powerful than Tony ever was, Yet Millions love him and Tony. Brian DeLorentis brilliantly uses real footage of the Cuban,Moriallas Boatlandings, Similar to certain events today of displaced peoples.
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