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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


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.

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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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[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

4 deleted scenes take you deeper into this legendary film

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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Scarface 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Izzy01 More than 1 year ago
I have attempted to watch this film on multiple occasions, and I honestly have to say that I personally find this film to be one of the worse films ever made. The acting is sub-par, and the overall plot is quite simply bland. I will never understand the draw that this film seems to have over people.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Finally saw this. For the longest time I hadn't seen this but heard of it and of course quotes and all that. So after watching it, it was okay I guess. Not my kind of movie but it had good camera angles, soundtrack etc.
Beasto More than 1 year ago
scarface is awesome, it's got suspense, kickass moments, funny moments, great music, and badass shootouts, and the mansion shootout is pretty much the best scene in the whole movie lol, and it's also really cool that there's clothing and posters based off this movie, and an awesome app as well as an awesome videogame too, and let me tell you, the videogame is several times better
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Al Pacino it saddens me to say that this movie stinks. From the idiotic accent to the mind-numbing, boring story, how this movie ever got to be considered a classic is far beyond me. This movie is a waste of 170 minutes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is an instant classic...need not say more! Those who are lucky enough to own this movie will agree!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scarface is the best movie ever made by far. If you have never seen it you need to go out and purchase it as soon as possible if you can find it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hands down this is the bast movie I've ever seen...and my favorite movie used to be braveheart. You get the picture. Great movie for people who are into the sopranos.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pacino is superb in this beautifully mastered all-time gangster classic! It is a must-see. This movie will blow you away. If you are in love with gangster culture and movies, you will most definitely love this masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best movie I ever saw. If you liked this movie, check out the original Scarface, from 1932..Classic stuff. klf denmark
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to see pure preMiami Vice era action you need to check this one out! A true classic
Guest More than 1 year ago
This 1983 epic attained multi-cult classic status without even trying. It was a natural progression: Pacino's over the top performance as Tony Montana (his Cuban accent alone has beome iconic) is one for the Smithsonian; The art-deco Miami (the film was shot in Los Angeles, because Miami thought it was too degrading); The symbolic cocaine excess. This is just too cool. Steven Bauer, F. Murray Abraham (1 year before his Oscar winning Best Actor turn) and Robert Loggia are memorable. ''The World Is Yours'' are words to live by, man!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Al Pacino is the ultimate mobster. He lives the American Dream. After moving from Cuba he takes control of his life and of Miami's. He eventually rules the city. This film is the ultimate movie and is a must have for any movie lovers collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the greatest gangster films of all time it a true masterpiece and De Palma's best work by far it has everything you look for in a true crime movie classic Pacino as Tony Montana he gives one of the greatest most intense and incrdible performances of his career I saw this movie when it came out on dvd and I was blown away how Pacino can play a role of a anti-hero and still have you cheering for him through out the entire movie if you haven't seen this movie yet stop reading this review and just buy this movie you won't be sorry
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big mob movie fan and when I say Scarface is the best one, it is. Al Pacino plays his role as Tony Montana very well and the action is sweet. I have never seen the 1932 one but all I know is that this one rules!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scraface: simply,put the best movie ever made
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scarface (starring Al Pacino) is truly a master peice. A compelling story that is about the American Dream. Although this movie is nearly 20 years old, it still maintains it's edge. If you don't own this movie, then you're a caca-roach!!
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this movie is not at all a movie i would consider a classic. its too involved in drugs. thats all they talk about. i dont feel like watching a movie where the only thing people do is sniff cocaine and shoot people.WHAT HAPPENED PACINO!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is not just an action-packed ballet of bullets and coke. It is a morality tale that explores excess, power, and the age old question of where does criminal and and evil begin.Tony Montana is a character that represents the angry cuban. The character that was lied to and exploited. His inherent conscience that caused his death and his enherent need for new things and power. I don't feel in the end he was attracted to his sister, I feel that he was simply overprotective. I don't think there is an older brother out there who's sister has had a boyfriend he doesnt like. He endowed her with an innocence. He tried to shield her from his world and by doing that he ended the life of his best friend, her, and himself. Michelle Pfieffer is loved by him in a strange way. His wish too find love in himself for her is destroyed when she patronizes him. He tries to help his mother but she refuses and distances herself for him. His bestfriend violates his wishes to find someone who is not also a gangster for his sister. In New York he saves the life of a woman and two kids but in doing so causes his own downfall. It seemed as though the whole world was against him. He went out like a soldier. He did not run. He did not hide. He was not trying to escape when he started shooting the Columbians. He took the bullets and he decided that if he was to go down he would take them out with him in a blaze of glory. If you watch the film you'll realize that his death was only achieved through a man who had to sneak up behind him to kill him. He was a renegade in a business where rules cannot be broken. In the end it is not suprising he was killed. He would have been taken out anyway eventually. I guess the whole world was against him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Big,bold,brash,yet intoxicating experience from the days when Brian De Palma really knew how to shoot movies! Details in harsh strokes the rise and fall of Tony Montana,a Cuban immigrant who wants it all,gains it and then throws it all away in a blizzard of cocaine and self destructive paranoia. For a film that seemed to gain the reputation at the time of being just about the most violent film ever made,it's surprisingly resistant to show too much - granted,the bathroom chainsawing scene is extremely unpleasant,but more by implication,as we see little more than blood splashing a face as opposed to limbs being removed...the real violence is the constant threat of something bad happening,coupled with Pacino's foul-mouthed tirades that hit the screen with genuine force throughout. Over the top? Certainly,but that's part of the point,with Montana's increasing wealth and power going hand in hand with his paranoia,ratcheting up tension as to whom he will turn his gun-toting fury on next. The movie culminates in an explosive gun battle at his lavish built-on-drugs villa,and Pacino's delirious performance during this sequence has entered film folklore (along with many of his phrases!) As Michelle Pfeiffer says to him at one juncture,'nothing exceeds like excess',a mantra that De Palma clearly saw as his jumping off point in the expansive way he directed this film! Flawed,yes,but a certain 80's classic,ripe for reappraisal by a new generation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just like I said in the headline! This movie is one the best gangster flims of all time and has been greatly appericated with the worlds best movie critics. Scarface showed us the movement of a cuban immirgrant who goes from sturgling to get his greencard to becoming the richest drug dealer out in Miami. Al Pacino is doing his finest acting in this movie and this launched his career people! Do you think people really noticed Pacino when he did The Godfather. I mean yeah a little but the whole center of the flim was on Marlon Brando. Scarface was beautiful settings from Miami to Bouliva and is most known for the captioning of the rise and fall of a drug dealer. This movies isn't about drugs, coke, guns, girls, and glam suits like most peopel think. This movie is a lesson in life. With succes theirs always a price to pay. Tony Montana learned that by putting his nose in the coke business. How dare anyone look at this movie as just another one of those drug movies. This shows motivation, courage, fear, shame, sorrow, and of course, succes. It quite frankly disgusts me that a reader said this movie has too much drugs in it. How about getting a notepad, reader, and take notes on the drama and suspense from this movie. If that person doesn't see anything, then it is true... when people watch too much holywood trash in the movie theaters instead of movies like Scarface, their judgment does become sloppy.