Released 1983


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Brian De Palma

Scarface is the classic 1983 masterpiece crime-drama directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone, and starring the legendary Al Pacino as Cuban drug boss Tony Montana. When the US government opened up the gates to Cuban refugees in 1980, 125,000 cubans entered Miami in search for the age old American dream. Tony Montana is no different, until he decides the way to achieve it is power. Along with his best friend Manny, Tony agrees to assassinate a former cuban official in order to get green cards through the black market. Tony and Many get jobs working for a food stand when the opportunity comes up to do a job for the local crime boss, Frank. Though the job goes horribly wrong, Tony comes through and impresses Frank. Tony and Many quickly rise on the criminal ladder and soon work directly under Frank. For a while, everything is good for Tony and his family, but Tony soon goes too far. He turns on Frank, marries his wife, and takes over the crime family. Soon he becomes paranoid and unpredictable, and all of his success comes crashing down. This loose remake of the Howard Hawk 1933 gangster drama first achieved little praise from Hollywood, but has since become an iconic piece of cinema.


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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Scarface is one of those special movies, like "The Godfather," that is willing to take a flawed, evil man and allow him to be human.

  • 90

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Scarface is the most stylish and provocative - and maybe the most vicious - serious film about the American underworld since Francis Ford Coppola's "Godfather."

  • 80


    Scarface is a grandiose modern morality play, excessive, broad and operatic at times.

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  • Delivers the goods.

    I thought this film portrayed the very harsh world of cocaine dealers in Miami during the early days of the fad surrounding that particular drug. The acting is effective in that it communicated the brutality and hardness of that life and world. Few actors can portray that type of thing better than Al Pacino. The film is a classic gangsta flick like few others and is worth a look if you have not seen it-but its not for the faint of heart. In sharp contrast to the more personal work that Al Pacino has done in more recent times like 1997s Chinese Coffee which most fans of movies like Scarface will hate-I didm't think CC was a good film-CC gets a three out of ten & Scarface gets an eight out of ten. Its interesting to see how times change and how that affects filmmaking-Scarface is dated now but it still has think some older films like this are looking a bit alien to newer audiences because they come from a world without the internet & without the cell phone. CC is set in the 80s before cell phones & the internet also but it doesn't work because the script is baaad.moreless
  • I don't understand the hype.

    I think this movie is really bad. Doesn't make any since. Hate it.

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quotable, corrupt politics, insatiable greed, gunfights, illegal activities