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Scarface
- Al Pacino

Overview - Brian De Palma's blood-and-sun-drenched saga of a Cuban deportee's rise to the top of Miami's cocaine business has become something of a popular classic since its release; it's been referenced in rap songs and subsequent gangster movies and quoted the world over.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Brian De Palma's blood-and-sun-drenched saga of a Cuban deportee's rise to the top of Miami's cocaine business has become something of a popular classic since its release; it's been referenced in rap songs and subsequent gangster movies and quoted the world over. Despite this lovefest with the dialogue, the film's brutal violence and lack of positive characters still make it controversial and disliked by certain critics. Al Pacino stars as Tony Montana, whose intelligence, guts, and ambition help him skyrocket from dishwasher to the top of a criminal empire but whose eventual paranoia and incestuous desire for his kid sister (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) prove his undoing. Michelle Pfeiffer plays Tony's neglected coke-addicted trophy wife, and Steven Bauer is his concerned friend. F. Murray Abraham, Robert Loggia, and Paul Shenar are some of Tony's sleazy business partners and potential killers. Oliver Stone wrote the expletive-packed screenplay, based on Howard Hawks's 1932 version--which was ostensibly about Al Capone and starred Paul Muni and George Raft. The synth-heavy Giorgio Moroder score expertly evokes the drug-fueled decadence of 1980s Miami, and De Palma provides several of his elaborate set pieces, including a horrific showstopper in a motel room with a chain saw.

Cast List

Michelle Pfeiffer - American actress, SCARFACE, DANGEROUS LIAISONS
Robert Loggia - American actor, JAGGED EDGE
Al Pacino - Oscar winning actor, THE GODFATHER, SCENT OF A WOMAN
Alfredo James Pacino - Oscar winning actor, THE GODFATHER, SCENT OF A WOMAN
John A. Alonzo - American Director of Photography
Brian De Palma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Brian DePalma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Brian Russell De Palma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Martin Bregman
Oliver Stone - Director/Screenwriter/Prod.
Steven Bauer - American Actor
Steve Bauer - American Actor
Esteban Ernesto Echevarria - American Actor
Rocky Bauer - American Actor
Rocky Echevarria - American Actor
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - American Actress

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 170
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192103179
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: October 2011

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Drugs
Gangs
Organized Crime
Murder
Recommended
Character Study
Disturbing
Theatrical Release
Crime
Essential Cinema

 
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Synopsis:
SCARFACE is splattered with so much adrenaline and blood it's a virtual Hawaiian shirt of machismo. A Cuban hustler who immigrates to Miami in the infamous 1980 refugee boatlift wills his way to the top of a cocaine cartel by being more violent than anyone else can possibly imagine--the same drive that leads him to the top ultimately causes his downfall.

Reviews:
"...The most stylish and provocative -- and maybe the most vicious -- serious film about the American underworld since [THE GODFATHER]....Vivid and arresting." - 12/09/1983 New York Times, p.C18


"...SCARFACE is a grandiose modern morality play....[The film] possesses an engaging topicality and packs a punch..." - 11/30/1983 Variety


"...Pfeiffer, now as then, steals the show..." - 02/05/1993 USA Today, p.3D


"...[It's] fun to simply enjoy this amazing Al Pacino vehicle for the bloody, politically incorrect, relentlessly macho potboiler that it is..." - 05/23/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.29


"...Still perhaps De Palma's most genuinely convincing work..." - 03/01/2001 Sight and Sound, p.64


"...An exciting crime picture....A gallery of wonderful supporting performances....SCARFACE is a wonderful portrait of a real louse..." - 09/19/2003 Chicago Sun-Times, p.38


"...Pacino plays the odious Tony Montana with a dead-on mix of predatory steel and flawed flashiness..." - 04/01/2001 Total Film, p.106


"...This Brian DePalma butcher block has found a thriving life of its own..." - 12/01/2003 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.116


"[A] brilliant, bloody Prohibition-era gangster movie..." - 12/01/2003 Premiere, p.13


5 stars out of 5 -- "It's undoubtedly the larger than life quality of the film which pleases many, but young turk Oliver Stone also delivers a potent screenplay..." - 12/01/2006 Ultimate DVD, p.202

 
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