Excerpt: It’s been said that Scarface glamorizes a lifestyle, a means of tough, gritty street survival that takes an unknown Cuban from the immigration office to a lavish, gold-laden paradise. Then he’s brutally gunned down in a full on massacre. If you’re looking at Scarface as a whole and still believe there’s justification because of the money, the movie has misled you… somehow.
Excerpt: As much a remake as it is an original movie, “Scarface” is the same in name, though the plot isn’t. Extremely violent for its time and was criticized (as was the remake) for it. Patterned after the life of Al Capone, it showed the rise and fall of a man and lends truth to the phrase “Power corrupts”. When the remake came around some fifty years later, there needed to be a fresh story. Enter Oliver Stone.
Summary: It’s hard to imagine today that De Palma had a constant struggle in order to get an R rating for the film. While still a fairly violent film, nothing in this movie would be considered as taboo today. In fact, the film has often been commended for accurately depicting a culture. Of course, we’re not talking ethnic culture but the cocaine culture that made Miami one of the most violent cities in the country during the 1980′s. Montana is a different kind of villain.
Excerpt: The Movie Al Pacino's performance as Scarface d Tony Montana drew some criticism in its day for its over-the-top flourishes, but time and deeper appreciation have revealed it to be something of a marvel. This was a "villain" for the ages, a contemporary bad guy in a close-to-home setting, namely Florida during the height of drug trafficking. And who could deny that the '80s were a time of excess in this country?
Excerpt: Al Pacino has had his ups and downs. The actor got his big break when he was cast over established names in the part of Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's . It would become one of cinema's greatest roles in two of the most highly regarded films of all time. With that, Pacino was a star and he used his leading man status wisely, picking one good project after another.
Excerpt: Our reviews of Scarface (1983) (published November 17th, 2003), Scarface (1983) Platinum Edition (published October 24th, 2006), Scarface (1932) (published November 16th, 2007), and Universal 100th Anniversary Collection (Blu-ray) (published November 26th, 2012) are also available. Tony Montana (Al Pacino, The Godfather ) is a Cuban refugee with a rough history who has just arrived in the United States.
Conclusion: Scarface may not be king, but as the mad prince of gangster cinema, it still wields frightening sway over its subjects, even some twenty-eight years after its release. Love it or loathe it, De Palma's crime epic is a tour de force, Stone's script remains one of his most startling, and Pacino's performance holds everything in its orbit. Universal's Blu-ray release captures it all well.