Scarface

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The recent, unironic adoption of Brian De Palma’s furious, ludicrous crime epic by gangstas, playas and hippety-hoppety bling merchants of all stripes is perhaps testament to the film’s outrageous cojones, rather than any piercing insight into the criminal psyche. 

But there’s no denying that ‘Scarface’ is also a lot of fun, tracking homicidal Cuban homunculus Tony Montana (Al Pacino) from his first footsteps on US soil to his operatic demise in a cloud of AK-47 bullets and coke. In fact, cocaine-fuelled excess seems to power the whole movie, from Oliver Stone’s overloaded, trashily self-aware script to Al Pacino’s wildly unpredictable consonant-mangling mumble (‘Manolo, choot dis piece a chit’), from De Palma’s magnificently indulgent Wellesian long shots to the retina-scorching, high-kitsch set and costume design. 

What’s most impressive is Stone and De Palma’s unwillingness to cloak Tony’s grotesque, voracious machine-gun capitalism with any sort of ‘Godfather’-style guff about honour and family: ‘Scarface’ is an unashamed study of selfish, sadistic criminality, and all the better for it.

Release details

Duration: 170 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Brian De Palma
Screenwriter: Oliver Stone
Cast: Al Pacino
Steven Bauer
Michelle Pfeiffer
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Robert Loggia
Miriam Colon
F Murray Abraham
Paul Shenar
Harris Yulin
Angel Salazar

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Corey Coyle

This is my favourite all time film. It is absolutley amazing! It isnt too violent (but their is ALOT of swearing in it) so you dont need to worry about looking away. I could write and write and write about this film but their isnt enough time or room. So i am going to finish of by saying SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Go out and buy it now!!!!)

Corey Coyle

This is my favourite all time film. It is absolutley amazing! It isnt too violent (but their is ALOT of swearing in it) so you dont need to worry about looking away. I could write and write and write about this film but their isnt enough time or room. So i am going to finish of by saying SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Go out and buy it now!!!!)

Des

This film is laughably bad. I can't see why anybody would think it a classic...compared with the original "godfather" or even goodfellas, its simply awful, about on a par with "casino"

Kushal Patel

Another Al Pacino classic, along with 'The Godfather Trilogy' this is his greatest work. it tells the story of a fictional Cuban refugee who comes to Florida in 1980 as a result of the Mariel Boatlift. Tony becomes a gangster against the backdrop of the 1980s cocaine boom. The film chronicles his rise to the top of Miami's criminal underworld and subsequent downfall. Like 'The Godfather Trilogy' it is extraordinarily popular and is markeed as one of the great crime movies of all time

Kushal Patel

Another Al Pacino classic, along with 'The Godfather Trilogy' this is his greatest work. it tells the story of a fictional Cuban refugee who comes to Florida in 1980 as a result of the Mariel Boatlift. Tony becomes a gangster against the backdrop of the 1980s cocaine boom. The film chronicles his rise to the top of Miami's criminal underworld and subsequent downfall. Like 'The Godfather Trilogy' it is extraordinarily popular and is markeed as one of the great crime movies of all time