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.
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.