Scarface

  • 18
  • Brian De Palma (1983)
  • US
  • 162 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This scorching update of Howard Hawks's 1932 classic by director Brian De Palma relocates events to Miami and follows the rapid rise and violent fall of a Cuban refugee turned cocaine-smuggling kingpin. Al Pacino produces one of his finest scenery-chewing performances as the ruthless criminal pursuing the American Dream, and he gets top support from Michelle Pfeiffer as his wife, Steven Bauer as his partner in crime and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as his sister. The sharp, if expletive-ridden, dialogue in Oliver Stone's script and the vivid cinematography of John A Alonzo help make De Palma's urban shocker a modern-day classic and one of the best movies ever made about the subject. However, some may find its excess in all areas - especially the final massacre that outdoes The Wild Bunch - more off-putting than entertaining.

Plot Summary

Gangster drama starring Al Pacino. Having lied his way into the US from Cuba, two-bit criminal Tony Montana murders a political agitator in order to get a green card. From then on he pursues the American Dream with violent, ruthless efficiency - no matter what the cost.

Cast and crew

Cast

Tony Montana
Al Pacino
Manny Ray
Steven Bauer
Elvira
Michelle Pfeiffer
Gina
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Frank Lopez
Robert Loggia
Mama Montana
Miriam Colon
Omar
F Murray Abraham
Alejandro Sosa
Paul Shenar
Bernstein
Harris Yulin
Chi Chi
Angel Salazar
Ernie
Arnaldo Santana
Angel
Pepe Serna
Nick the Pig
Michael P Moran
Hector the Toad
Al Israel
Banker
Dennis Holahan
Shadow
Mark Margolis
Sheffield
Michael Alldredge
Seidelbaum
Ted Beniades
Luis
Paul Espel
Dr Munoz
Loren Almaguer
Miriam
Dawnell Bowers
Saleslady
Tina Leigh Cameron
Ronnie Echevierra
Victor Campos
Marielito
Robert Hammer Cannerday

Crew

Director
Brian De Palma

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Universal
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 21 Aug 2009
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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