Summary: What a classic film that never loses it's appeal. I saw it in the theatre on Christmas day 1982 and will never forget it. I never knew that it had such a hard battle to avoid an X with the ratings board to be released until I read about the same battle with the original release of "Bad Lieutenant" - with Harvey Keitel, not the awful remake made a few years ago - that appeared in 1993 and never received wide spread distribution of the complete release (a great but gritty...
Summary: "A Classic is something that everybody wants to have read but nobody wants to read. A classic is also something that everyone praises but no one has read." -Mark Twain 'Classic' seems to be the word used to describe "Scarface", Brian DePalma's 1983 film about opulence, self surrender, greed, and danger among Florida's drug ring. People and critics (and rappers for that matter) deem this film 'an epic gangster classic' or 'eptiome of gangster films.
Summary: "Scarface" has a major cult following even now, 22 years after its release. It has also been widely criticized as being very tacky, unrefined, over-the-top and all bloated up! These are people who compare Scarface to The Godfather movies. It is true that on the technical front, (cinematography, screenplay, direction, etc.) Scarface is way behind 'The Godfather'.
Summary: Directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone, "Scarface" is a movie that will not be forgotten. A Cuban refugee named Tony Montana (Pacino) comes to America for the American Dream. Montana then becomes the "king" in the drug world as he ruthlessly runs his empire of crime in Miami, Florida. This gangster movie is very violent, and some scenes are unpleasant to watch. This movie has around 180+ F-words and is almost three hours long.
Summary: Arguebly Al Pacino's best role. He plays Tony Montana, A small time hood from Cuba turned into a rich and powerful crime lord in Miami, and he does it with the only two things he's got in this world, his balls and his word, and he doesn't break'em for nobody. Starts as doing jobs for a big time Cuban dealer, Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia) and quickly goes up the ladder of the organization along with his long time friend Manny (Steven Bauer).
Summary: This is one of my all time favorites. If the movie has a flaw, it's that it comes at you like a raging bull. It doesn't so much engage the viewer as assault him. ''Scarface'' is as voracious and unyielding a production as Tony Montana himself. Nothing is left to the viewer's imagination. Moroder's languorous synthpop fits the action to a tee. Like the chorus in a Greek tragedy, it wails and gnashes, broods and tugs, a constant reminder of Tony's inexorable fate.
Summary: Every great gangster movie has under-currents of human drama. Don't expect an emotional story of guilt, retribution and despair from "Scarface". This is a tale of ferocious greed, corruption, and power. The darker side of the fabled "American Dream". Anybody complaining about the "cheesiness" of this film is missing the point. The superficial characters, cheesy music, and dated fashions further fuel the criticism of this life of diabolical excess.
Summary: Ya know when one looks at this Brian DePalma film today, I'm sure there has been allot of criticism about how dated it is. Also, about the violence. When I looked at this film on VHS when I was 20, I thought it was ulta-violent and gritty as well. But I didn't get 'it'. A few decades go by and man, how I know how much I didn't get in this film!! This is a remake of an excellent film which was done back in the 30's/40's. How can you improve upon a classic? Ya don't.
Conclusion: Everyone knows that goodfellas,casino,and godfather are the best ganster movies,but i feel this is the top of the bunch. This should help a lot of you out though,if you look at the special features,there are none listed,on here or on the box(well not on the box i got at least) but in fact,there are plenty of extras,like deleted scenes, a look at the montana legacy,comparisons with the old version of scarface,fbomb swear count,and more.
Conclusion: Quality. The Rise and fall of Antonio Montana, what chew call yoself? Great film, great one liners, Al Pacino on top form. Happy to see this on Blu Ray. Would buy the Cigar case edition , but just can't afford it. So long Mel.