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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…
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.…
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…
Is Scarface the definition of a cult film? Is it perhaps one of the greatest remakes ever made? Is it also a cocaine induced fantasy of egotistical proportions? Hell yes to all three.
It is no wonder how this film turned out to find the rumors that supposedly Oliver Stone was highly addicted to cocaine while writing the script to this film. It was probably a pure euphoric fantasy for him at the time but what genius was spawned from his drug addled phase. This is a gangster epic and it is no surprise that it still holds strong that famous cult reverie. It's by no means perfect but for what it is, Scarface surely does the job.
Na gut, den hab ich auch schon mehrmals gesehen und er lässt immer mehr nach. Etwas holprig das ganze, die Zeitsprünge kommen eigenartig, Pacino spielt den Machowichser natürlich gut und die 80er-Synthiemusik regelt anfangs, wird aber in Kitschszenen unfreiwillig komisch. Zugutehalten muss man dem Film, dass Tony echt richtig schön straight forward agiert, und keine Kompromisse eingeht. Unfreiwillige Komik auch im Finale mit dem Sonnenbrillentypen, abgesehen davon, dass das Killerkommando anscheinend gleich mal nach Florida gebeamt wurde. Naja,
7/10 bleiben noch. Original ist besser.
The disclaimer in the credits might be the most vulgar thing in this film. (Whoever signed off on "the American scene" should be ashamed of themselves; I'm looking at you, Oliver.)
As for the vulgarity of the actual film, I honestly could've used more, because there are severe lulls (especially between the shower scene -- oh Brian you Hitch-loving goober, you; he doesn't quite execute the same editorial ballet that Hitchcock did, but it's still a nice [intentional?] wink -- and the nightclub assault) that even Tony's non-stop fuck-mouth and incest eyes couldn't save. Also, maybe modern day AL! PACINO! has permanently numbed me, because I didn't think Tony Montana was that over-the-top (at least, in the context of the…
A gaudy shooting spree that is entertaining but an overall disappointing remake.
It's easy to see why this film became such an iconic one (six words: say hello to my little friend), and I must give it kudos for being able to keep my attention on the plot when there were so many distractions like:
- the soundtrack. Wow. It is super eighties.
- how beautiful Michelle Pfeiffer is...and how ridiculously skimpy her outfits are. In her first scene she basically goes out to dinner in a fancy nightdress.
- the hunky best friend. Dayummmm. Put that thing in my car.
(sadly he has not aged well. It is a loss for women everywhere)
-Tony's bordering-on-incestuous concern for his sister. EW.
- the "successful drug baron" montage. EVEN DRUG LORDS NEED A…
Improbably I'd never seen this before now. A slick mountain of excess. Don't remember Pacino wearing a scarf once, mind.
Not so much a remake as a reinvention of Howard Hawks' 1932 classic, Brian De Palma's SCARFACE gave Al Pacino one of his greatest roles as Tony Montana, the Cuban immigrant who comes to Miami and embraces capitalism in the only way he knows how. Violent, excessive and almost 3 hours long, De Palma's movie is something of classic itself and Pacino's admittedly wildly over-the-top performance is nevertheless hugely enjoyable. He is also the only one to get his name above the credits but a supporting cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, (the gangster's moll he takes for himself), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, (the sister for whom he harbors almost incestuous feelings), Steven Bauer, (his partner in crime) and Robert Loggia, F Murray Abraham and Harris Yullin as sundry bad guys, are all excellent. The first rate script is by Oliver Stone and visually the film often resembles something Stone might have directed rather than De Palma.
Along with Goodfellas and The Godfather trilogy, one of the most intense stories of rise and fall of a mobster. Al Pacino unleashed as never before or after.
Can't believe I've waited this long to watch it. i was into it ever since the first moments when i heard Al Pacino being interrogated. He is such an amazing actor, I can't believe it, I was missing out so much!
Infinitely quotable and more than a little cartoonish, Brian De Palma's update of Howard Hawks' seminal gangster film revels in its freedom to be larger than life. A work as akin to pop art as any other form, it reworks the crime melodrama in bold, primary colors, mostly blood red. Attracting a great deal of attention for its violence at the time of its release, the controversy overshadowed the fact that everything in the film ran to extremes, including Pacino's performance, the director's visual style (which found him almost reverting to The Fury mode), the dialogue (from a script co-written by Oliver Stone), and most importantly the themes. Scarface focuses on words like "crime" and "America," then lets itself run…
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