Scarface

Scarface

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Director: Brian De Palma

Cast: Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer

     
 

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Al Pacino stars as Tony Montana, an exiled Cuban criminal who goes to work for Miami drug lord Robert Loggia. Montana rises to the top of Florida's crime chain, appropriating Loggia's cokehead mistress (Michelle Pfeiffer) in the process. Howard Hawks' "X Marks the Spot" motif in depicting the story line's many murders is dispensed with in the 1983 Scarface;See more details below

Overview

Al Pacino stars as Tony Montana, an exiled Cuban criminal who goes to work for Miami drug lord Robert Loggia. Montana rises to the top of Florida's crime chain, appropriating Loggia's cokehead mistress (Michelle Pfeiffer) in the process. Howard Hawks' "X Marks the Spot" motif in depicting the story line's many murders is dispensed with in the 1983 Scarface; instead, we are inundated with blood by the bucketful, especially in the now-infamous buzz saw scene. One carry-over from the original Scarface is Tony Montana's incestuous yearnings for his sister Gina (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). The screenplay for the 1983 Scarface was written by Oliver Stone.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Roth
Updating a classic is a risky, often thankless task. But for director Brian DePalma, re-making the Howard Hawks's gangster masterpiece Scarface proved to be an inspired decision. For without taking anything away from the 1932 version, DePalma created one of the most influential and impressively decadent gangster films ever made. Scarface details the rise and fall of Cuban émigré Tony Montana, a Miami gangster whose pursuit of the American Dream is a ruthless reverie of cocaine and slaughter. DePalma ratchets up the tension in each scene to maximum levels, delivering tragic betrayals and ferocious explosions of violence -- most notably with chainsaws. Al Pacino's performance as Montana remains among his best and boldest, and there are also strong supporting turns by Robert Loggia and a young Michelle Pfeiffer. The film plays like a long cocaine rush, as Tony becomes rich from selling the narcotic, then addicted to it, and finally lost in a murderous paranoid frenzy from it. An intense and sometimes unpleasant experience, Scarface is also a work of consummate skill and intelligence.
All Movie Guide
Infinitely quotable and more than a little cartoonish, Brian De Palma's update of Howard Hawks' seminal gangster film revels in its freedom to be larger than life. A work as akin to pop art as any other form, it reworks the crime melodrama in bold, primary colors, mostly blood red. Attracting a great deal of attention for its violence at the time of its release, the controversy overshadowed the fact that everything in the film ran to extremes, including Pacino's performance, the director's visual style (which found him almost reverting to The Fury mode), the dialogue (from a script co-written by Oliver Stone), and most importantly the themes. Scarface focuses on words like "crime" and "America," then lets itself run wild with the associations. That a classically American rise-and-fall story forms the heart of the film is its simplest and best irony. The experience will probably be thrilling to some, particularly those already enthusiastic about De Palma's work, and extremely off-putting to others. Tony Montana may not be an appealing character with which to spend nearly three hours, but there's little chance of forgetting the experience.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2009
UPC:
0025192044816
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:50:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Tony Montana
Steven Bauer Manny Ray
Michelle Pfeiffer Elvira
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Gina
Robert Loggia Frank Lopez
Miriam Colon Mama Montana
F. Murray Abraham Omar
Paul Shenar Alejandro Sosa
Harris Yulin Bernstein
Angel Salazar Chi Chi
Pepe Serna Angel
Michael P. Moran Nick The Pig
Al Israel Hector The Toad
Dennis Holahan Banker
Mark Margolis Shadow
Michael Alldredge Sheffield
Ted Beniades Seidelbaum
Richard Belzer M.C. at Babylon Club
Paul Espel Luis
Arnaldo Salazar Ernie
Garnett Smith Immigration Officer
Oliver Stone Actor
Richard Caselnova Driver
John Brandon Immigration Officer #3
Tony Perez Immigration Officer #2
Victor Campos Ronnie Echevierra
Albert Carrier Pedro Quinn
Gary Cervantes Shooter #1
Carlos Cestero Matos
Roberto Contreras Rebenga
Caesar Cordova Cook
Richard Delmonte Fernando
Michel Francois Maitre d'
Ben Frommer Male Patron
Ronald G. Joseph Car Salesman
Mario Machado Interviewer
Joe Marmo Nacho "El Gordo"
John McCann Bank Spokesman
Victor Millan Ariel Bleyer
Santos Morales Waldo
Mike Moroff Gaspar's Bodyguard
Manuel Padilla Kid #2
Michael Rougas Monsignor
Geno Silva The Skull
Jim Towers Cuban Refugee
Angela Aames Woman at Babylon Club
Cynthia Burr Woman at Babylon Club
Lana Clarkson Woman at Babylon Club
Ava Lazar Woman at Babylon Club
Emilia Crow Woman at Babylon Club
Marii Mak Woman at Babylon Club
Shelley Taylor Morgan Woman at Babylon Club
Pat Simmons Woman at Babylon Club
Terry Taylor Woman at Babylon Club
Katt Shea Ruben Woman at Babylon Club
Gil Baretto Cuban Refugee
John Carter Vic Phillips
Chuck Tamburro Helicopter Pilot

Technical Credits
Brian De Palma Director
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Martin Bregman Producer
Jerry Greenberg Editor
James M. Halty Stunts
Geoff Hubbard Set Decoration/Design
Charles D. Knight Sound/Sound Designer
Giorgio Moroder Score Composer
Joe Napolitano Asst. Director
Pat Norris Costumes/Costume Designer
Oliver Stone Screenwriter
Stan Parks Special Effects
Ken Pepiot Special Effects
Chuck Picerni Stunts
David Ray Editor
Ed Richardson Art Director
Mario Roberts Stunts
Blake Russell Set Decoration/Design
Peter Saphier Co-producer
Ferdinando Scarfiotti Production Designer
Steven Schwartz Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Louis A. Stroller Executive Producer
Bruce Weintraub Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Ziesmer Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Scarface
1. A Political Prisoner (Main Titles) [8:11]
2. Freedom Town [2:43]
3. A Killing for a Green Card [2:45]
4. The Good Life [2:02]
5. A New Job [5:15]
6. Colombians and Chain Saws [8:52]
7. Mr. Lopez [3:17]
8. Elvira [1:33]
9. A Night in Babylon [8:30]
10. How to Pick up Girls [3:32]
11. Going in Style [3:59]
12. The Prodigal Returns [8:16]
13. The Drug Lord [5:12]
14. Revenge [4:04]
15. Serious Money [4:36]
16. A Proposal [4:20]
17. Shakedown [6:15]
18. Brotherly Love [5:14]
19. Two Guns for Tony [4:52]
20. A Hostile Takeover [:03]
21. Prosperity [9:46]
22. Laundry Bills [3:30]
23. Philosophy in the Bathtub [4:46]
24. The Cost of Doing Business [5:31]
25. Problems and Solutions [5:23]
26. Dinner Conversation [4:24]
27. Prelude to Murder [6:49]
28. No Women and No Children! [2:06]
29. Serving Business Ties [5:41]
30. The End of the Honeymoon [2:36]
31. Preparing for War [6:14]
32. Gina's Offering [4:37]
33. Siege [2:18]
34. Montana's Last Stand [2:30]
35. End Titles [3:16]

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