Brian De Palma (1983)

18 Certificate


Our Score
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.


Small-time crook Tony Montana emigrates from Cuba to the US, determined to become rich and powerful. Admitted into the inner circle of a Miami drug lord, he ultimately takes over his boss's empire and even his wife. However, his paranoia and cocaine addiction begin to spiral out of control, while his enemies circle, waiting for the chance to bring him down. Gangster thriller remake, with Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert Loggia.

Cast & Crew

Tony Montana Al Pacino
Elvira Michelle Pfeiffer
Frank Lopez Robert Loggia
Manny Ray Steven Bauer
Gina Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Mama Montana Miriam Colon
Omar F Murray Abraham
Alejandro Sosa Paul Shenar
Director Brian De Palma
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Aug 2009