Scarface (1983)


You wanna fuck with me? Okay. You wanna play rough? Okay. Say hello to my little friend!

— Tony Montana

Scarface is the archetype for every rap star’s video since it entered the public consciousness in 1983. It has the classic lines, the glitz, the glamor, and plenty of “f” bombs. Seeing Brian De Palma’s opus left me with a bad taste in my mouth. This movie is #177 of Top 250 Film of All Time on IMDb. I’ll be damned.

This movie chronicles the rise and fall of drug kingpin, Tony Montana (Al Pacino). It begins with his humble beginnings as the 1980 Cuban immigration when Fidel Castro revolution started.

Tony and his friend, Manny Ray (Steven Bauer) live in a detention camp when they wait for their green cards. When they do, they work for a taco truck when Manny’s other friend, Omar Suarez (F. Murray Abraham) sets them up with their first drug trade. Something goes wrong with it when his brother, Angel, (Pepe Serna) is brutally killed in the process.

Eventually the duo is hired by drug lord Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia) to carry out his deals with Omar as the liaison. Tony has his eye on Lopez’s girl, Elvira (Michelle Pfeiffer).

Notorious skirt chaser, Manny is taken by Tony’s little sister, Gina (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). Tony warns him not to pursue a relationship with her.

The people that he works with want him out of the way, but he doesn’t want that to happen. Snitches are revealed. Alliances are formed.

Tony is crafty is his ways. He will dispose of anybody that stands in his way. When he finally has all the power, he is paranoid that he loses it all. He drives the people closet to him away.

This movie is a morality tale about having absolute power. How it will destroy you and the innocent people around you.

This is almost three hours long. Some scenes were long and drawn out. The tone was all over the place. It was drama, comedy, and love story. It was like a pooh-pooh platter of genres.

Some of acting was questionable with the non-Hispanic actors slipping in and out of their accents. That was distracting.

Judgment: A movie that has not aged well. Still a pop culture fixture.

Rating: ***1/2


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Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on October 5, 2009, in 1983, Action, Crime, Drama, Running Feature, Thriller, Top 250 of All Time on IMDB and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Intresting, this was actually a very great read! thanks

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  2. One of the most overrated films ever. Brian DePalma is a hack, it just took people 20 years or so to realise it. The film skates by on Oliver Stone’s script and Pacino’s performance – that should constitute a great movie.

    • You think that DePalma is hack. I guess, you hated The Untouchables, Mission Impossible, Causalities of War or Carrie, too.

      He doesn’t have the best track record as far as movies go, but I enjoyed some of his films.

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