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Scarface (1983)

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In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

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Brian De Palma

Writer:

Oliver Stone (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Tony Montana
Steven Bauer ... Manny Ribera
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
Ángel Salazar ... Chi Chi
Arnaldo Santana Arnaldo Santana ... Ernie
Pepe Serna ... Angel
Michael P. Moran Michael P. Moran ... Nick The Pig
Al Israel ... Hector The Toad
Dennis Holahan ... Banker
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Storyline

Tony Montana manages to leave Cuba during the Mariel exodus of 1980. He finds himself in a Florida refugee camp but his friend Manny has a way out for them: undertake a contract killing and arrangements will be made to get a green card. He's soon working for drug dealer Frank Lopez and shows his mettle when a deal with Colombian drug dealers goes bad. He also brings a new level of violence to Miami. Tony is protective of his younger sister but his mother knows what he does for a living and disowns him. Tony is impatient and wants it all however, including Frank's empire and his mistress Elvira Hancock. Once at the top however, Tony's outrageous actions make him a target and everything comes crumbling down. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He loved the American Dream. With a Vengeance. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scarface See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,597,536, 11 December 1983

Gross USA:

$45,408,703

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,023,329
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (original release)| DTS (Blu-ray release) (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In order to create the most accurate picture possible, Oliver Stone spent time in Florida and the Caribbean interviewing people on both sides of the law for research. "It got hairy," Stone admitted of the research process. "It gave me all this color. I wanted to do a sun-drenched, tropical Third World gangster, cigar, sexy Miami movie." Unfortunately, while penning the screenplay, Stone was also dealing with his own cocaine habit, which gave him an insight into what the drug can do to users. Stone actually tried to kick his habit by leaving the country to complete the script so he could be far away from his access to the drug. "I moved to Paris and got out of the cocaine world too because that was another problem for me," he said. "I was doing coke at the time, and I really regretted it. I got into a habit of it and I was an addictive personality. I did it, not to an extreme or to a place where I was as destructive as some people, but certainly to where I was going stale mentally. I moved out of L.A. with my wife at the time and moved back to France to try and get into another world and see the world differently. And I wrote the script totally fucking cold sober." See more »

Goofs

When Tony is with Omar and Sosa in Bolivia, Tony gripes about losing one out of nine loads due to drug interdiction in many forms, including what he calls "EC-2"s...he is probably referring to the Navy's E2-C "Hawkeye", a dual-turboprop radar interception aircraft. In addition, those "Hawkeye" flights were authorized to begin in March of 1982, months after the Bolivia meeting. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Fidel Castro: ...los que no se adapten... al esfuerzo y al heroísmo de una revolución... ¡No los queremos! ¡No los necesitamos!
[in subtitles: They are unwilling to adapt to the spirit of our revolution. We don't want them! We don't need them!]
Fidel Castro: [Translation word-for-word:... the ones that won't adapt... to the effort and heroism of a revolution... We don't want them! We don't need them!]
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Crazy Credits

SCARFACE is a fictional account of the activities of a small group of ruthless criminals. The characters do not represent the Cuban-American Community, and it would be erroneous and unfair to suggest that they do. The vast majority of Cuban-Americans have demonstrated a dedication, vitality, and enterprise that has enriched the American scene. See more »

Alternate Versions

Network TV version deletes or edits all violent scenes for censorship reasons and adds some extra footage:
  • the introduction text about Cubans fleeing from Mariel is slightly different from the text shown in the theatrical version (a disclaimer stating that the events are fictitious has been added);
  • extended Freedom Town section: Tony in a phone booth trying to call his sister Gina; Angel looking in a phone book for his brother Pablo; extended conversation between Tony and Manny about getting out of Freedom Town; Tony and Manny watching television.
  • Tony's first visit to his mother's house is longer. Tony opens a bottle of champagne and makes a toast to America.
  • before Tony's first visit to Sosa, the onscreen text has been changed from "Cochabamba, Bolivia" to "South America";
  • during that visit Tony is introduced to Sosa's girlfriend Gabriela;
  • Tony's first meeting with his lawyer George;
  • when Alberto is planting the bomb under the car in N.Y., Tony sees cops nearby and distracts them by pretending to be looking for his missing dog.
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Connections

Referenced in Dancing with the Stars: Episode #11.7 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Scarface (Push It to the Limit)
Performed by Paul Engemann
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Pete Bellotte
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User Reviews

 
Al Pacino made it unforgettable
21 February 2016 | by ankitbbdSee all my reviews

Scarface is surely one of the best crime movie ever made.Al Pacino's performance as a sharp minded,angry,dangerous and powerful criminal is phenomenal.Al Pacino is playing a character which is brutal,angry,fearless and at the same time has love for his sister. Although movie is 2 hours and 50 mins long,but you will not find any dull moment in the movie.Alhough Al Pacino is playing a drug dealer but you will still like him as a person.

Dialogues were excellent and there were couple of good songs in movie too.I also liked the way in which Al Pacino's character used to flirt with Michelle Pfeiffer's character.It was funny sometimes and was gentle too.

I have seen many criminal movies but there is something special in Scarface.It is realistic and touching.This is Al Pacino's one of the finest performance.There was violence in some scenes but this is a crime movie and we expect some fighting scenes with violence.

I heard a lot of positive things about this movie and when I finally watched it, I became its fan too. I am surprised that this movie even did not received any Oscar nominations.This movie surely deserves to be in top 250 list.Movie is a treat for Al Pacino's fans.

This movie is recommended for all adults. Overall I give Scarface 9/10.


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