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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
This is one of the best remakes of all time. Al Pacino is convincing as a Cuban drug lord who rose from rags to riches. When this movie was released it was bashed for it's violence but some of the scenes were taken from true incidents such as with the chainsaw making this film even more thrilling. Being one of the best classic gangster films this movie should be added to your collection.
I had the same problem with Scarface as I did when I watched Raging Bull. Both movies are tragedies about complete jerks. They share a common character trait that leads to their downfall. They're paranoid jerks. They both treat their wives terribly and turn against their closest friends and family. There isn't anything to admire in either character and the only way you can feel sorry for them is if you like them simply for being badasses. They're not the charming criminals of Ocean's Eleven and they definitely don't really love anyone other than themselves. I was very disappointed.
Perhaps Pacino most obnoxious film next to Scent of a Woman, overacted to the max. I don't understand peoples attraction to this film, the acting is terrible and the dialog sound like a dime store novel. Oh well this is no accounting for taste.
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