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Big Louis Costillo, last of the old-style gang leaders is slain, and his former bodyguard Tony Camonte is taken into custody. Since Costillo's body has never been found, the police have to release him, though they strongly suspect Johnny Lovo paid Tony to remove Big Louis. Tony begins taking over the rackets in town with violent enforcement, and he becomes a threat to Johnny and the other bosses unless they work for Tony. Meanwhile, Tony's sister wants to be more independent, but finds it difficult to escape from her brother's overprotective grasp. The dissatisfaction of the other bosses and the relentless pursuit of the police push Tony towards a major confrontation.
"Look at ma shit!"
Oh wait, wrong movie. I am guessing there's a version of that scene in the Pacino remake, and that's what James Franco's Spring Breakers character would have been referencing. But it's the first thing I thought about when I saw Paul Muni's Tony showing off for his gangster-moll-to-be.
Despite the fact that he sometimes linguistically wanders into Chico Marx territory, Muni's Scarface is a revelation: Larger than life, scary, charming, funny, and surprisingly layered. For all the violence - and this film is very violent - it's his boyish glee when shooting off his first tommy gun that will stick with me. And also his need to find out the ending of the play he was…
Film #7 of Project 30
”Listen, Little Boy, in this business there's only one law you gotta follow to keep out of trouble: Do it first, do it yourself, and keep on doing it.”
Produced by the legendary Howard Hughes and directed by Howard Hawks, Scarface is considered to be one of the most influential films of the gangster genre and it’s no surprise that many plot and character points that nowadays we call cliches of the genre actually originate from this 90 minute roller coaster: The hot tempered ambitous mobster who is having anger management problems is at the center of the plot, he is someone who’s doing everything he can to grab the woman he wants and when…
I'm not gonna lie, Scarface is not a perfect film—the secondary acting isn't great, the commentary on violence (more like an excuse for Howard Hawks to have fun with a violent film) felt a lot more present back in '32 than what it does now (and, to top it off, the film sometimes loses itself in its own violence), it lacks a bit of emotional impact and the editing isn't the best (the truth is that Scarface looks like a set of small episodes of the life of Tony Camonte and not like a continuous film—what I mean is that the way the scenes are cut together doesn't favor the film). However, the truth is that I had a truly…
Listen, Little Boy, in this business there's only one law you gotta follow to keep out of trouble: Do it first, do it yourself, and keep on doing it.
It's one of the three films credited with the beginning of the true gangster films along with Little Caesar and The Public Enemy. Over 60 gangster films were released between 1930 to 1932 and yet these are the three that are remembered as the ones that started it all.
Scarface was apparently the most controversial and violent gangster film to come out at the time and would remain so for years as the stricter Hays Code was beginning to be enforced. The film is violent and raw. It's filled…
One of the most violent movies ever made. Every other scene is someone getting shot.
There are some very clever moments, however. The secretary character is what the Coens dream of, and the opening camera shot is ages ahead of its time.
This movie doesn't just use violence as a gimmick; it's a genuinely good film, even 81 years after it was made.
"I'll tell you what to do. Make laws and see that they're obeyed, if we have to have martial law to do it! ~ Mr. Garston
Back when Howard Hughes was making movies, he was also making political statements. This particular film was his indictment of government institutions turning a blind eye to organized crime during Prohibition. He believed lawmakers were spending too much time trying to regulate business and industry and not enough keeping the public safe from gang violence.
Based upon the novel by Armitage Trail, much of the story mirrors headline news, from drive-by shootings with tommy guns to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Audiences of the day would have easily understood that the loose cannon Antonio…
The original Scarface is probably the seminal gangster film.
Muni does a great job as Tony, and Dvorak is mesmerizing and beautiful as his sister.
Great to see all the references and story points that the Al Pacino film later pulls from. Pretty cool and a great '30s gangster flick!
As I was starting the movie, I was planning on starting this review with something along the lines of "this is the film that Stone and DePalma screwed up??" but honestly, meh. I only like this film a little better than the 1983 version, and it's just because of the comedy (Tony asking his underling to watch the rest of a play while he goes on a job so he can see who the girl chooses at the end, the almost Mel Brooks scene where in the middle of a shootout Tony and friend realize machine guns are really cool and waltz through the chaos of a shooting spree to yoink a tommy gun off a guy). I could go…
A charming, enjoyable classic. My only issue with it is that Tony sounds like Yogi Bear sometimes. The romance between Tony and Poppy was better handled in this than the remake. The film also flows a lot better. I had a lot of fun watching it.
I've watched this movie a lot so far this year
Fascinating to watch immediately after the Brian DePalma/Oliver Stone remake. I preferred this but was pleasantly surprised how many beats and plot points Stone's script takes from the original.
I was worried by the preachiness of the opening titles, and indeed there are some preachy moments, particularly in the newspaper scenes, which could have been cut. But mostly this is great, especially Paul Muni's complex performance as Tony.
i have watched this movie so many times in the last couple weeks
I've watched this everynight in bed for the last 4 nights,its great, i dont feel the need to upgrade from this old vhs copy i have either
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