Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone, produced by Martin Bregman and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is a remake of the 1932 film of the same name.
After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fueled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.
Why It Rocks
- It's an awesome remake of the 1932 film of the same name and is considered to be one of the best movie remakes of all time.
- Al Pacino gave a wonderful performance as Tony Montana. In addition, he is an unforgettable character and is one of the most ruthless fictional gangsters of all time.
- Al Pacino's imitation of a Cuban was interesting.
- The soundtrack that was performed by Giorgio Moroder is very epic with a mix of muzak-like synthesized new wave, electronic music, especially with the Push it to the Limit song, which fits extremely well in the early 1980s.
- Great directing by Brian De Palma.
- Amazing writing by Oliver Stone.
- An amazing quote with "The World is Yours" line on Tony's mansion.
- It doesn't shy away from widespread Cuban culture in Florida.
- Superb acting, especially for Al Pacino.
- Memorable and unforgettable characters, such as Al Pacino as Tony Montana: a Cuban refugee who becomes a drug lord in Miami.
- The plot is very straightforward.
- Scarface itself served as an inspiration for the 2002 open-world game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which took place in a representation of 1980s Miami and featured music from the film's soundtrack as well as a recreation of Montana's mansion.
- Awesome cinematography.
- It has a lot of great action scenes, such as the Babylon Club Shootout scene.
- The final shootout scene at the Mansion and Tony Montana getting killed by The Skull is beyond awesome.
- Interesting side characters (eg. Frank Lopez, another drug lord played by the late Robert Loggia.)
- One of the line, "SAY HELLO TO MY WITTLE FWIEND!!"
- The notorious chainsaw scene can be turned off to some.
The movie received negative-to-positive reviews from critics. When Scarface was released, it was panned by critics due to its excessive violence, profanity, and graphic drug usage. Some Cuban expatriates in Miami objected to the film's portrayal of Cubans as criminals and drug traffickers. In the years that followed, however, critics have reappraised it, and it is now considered by many to be one of the best films in the crime genre and one of the greatest remakes ever. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an 81% approval rating based on 70 reviews, with a 94% audience score rating on the same site with an average rating of 7.44/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Director Brian De Palma and star Al Pacino take it to the limit in this stylized, ultra-violent and eminently quotable gangster epic that walks a thin white line between moral drama and celebratory excess." Metacritic scores a film a 65/100 based on 9 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". On IMDb, it has an 8.3/10 rating.
The film earned $4.5 million from 996 theaters during its opening weekend, an average of $4,616 per theater, and ranking as the second-highest-grossing film of the weekend behind Sudden Impact ($9.6 million) which debuted on the same weekend. It went on to earn $44.6 million in North America and $20.4 million from other markets for a total of $65.1 million. This figure made Scarface the 16th highest-grossing film of 1983 and the seventh highest-grossing R-rated film in North America for 1983.
- A majority of the film was shot in Los Angeles due to Miami's city officials refusing to allow filming in city limits following the Cuban immigrant crisis.
- Oliver Stone wrote the screenplay while kicking cocaine addiction.