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Scarface

  • Drama
  • 1983
  • Brian De Palma
  • 162 mins
  • 18

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Tony MontanaAl Pacino
Manny RaySteven Bauer
ElviraMichelle Pfeiffer
GinaMary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Frank LopezRobert Loggia
Mama MontanaMiriam Colon
OmarF Murray Abraham
Alejandro SosaPaul Shenar
BernsteinHarris Yulin
Chi ChiAngel Salazar
ErnieArnaldo Santana
AngelPepe Serna
Nick the PigMichael P Moran
Hector the ToadAl Israel
BankerDennis Holahan
ShadowMark Margolis
SheffieldMichael Alldredge
SeidelbaumTed Beniades
LuisPaul Espel
Dr MunozLoren Almaguer
MiriamDawnell Bowers
SalesladyTina Leigh Cameron
Ronnie EchevierraVictor Campos
MarielitoRobert Hammer Cannerday

Crew

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DirectorBrian De Palma

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2009-08-21
Guidance
Violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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