Scarface (1983)

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budd76
06/28/2011

Scarface (1983) 3

Alright enough with this movie is great, its ok at best, Pacino is so overrated first of all and it seems like anyone who watches this movie thinks they are gangster or part of some kind of mob. If you watch this movie you don't have to buy a Tony Montana poster and hang it in your crib , your not thug.

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DynaSwordII
03/16/2011

Scarface (1983) 5

Powerful flick, I knew the Director of Photography of this move "John A Alonzo". He told me that this movie was not easy to film.

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edt4
01/31/2009

Scarface (1983) 4

This is probably the best, most fully-realized movie director Brian DePalma has ever done, which, considering that it's Brian DePalma we're talking about, isn't saying much. And, if it wasn't for the mesmerizing Al Pacino, it would be another imitative, superficial piece of patented DePalma schlock. It's Pacino's performance that elevates it to the status of a near-classic, his Tony Montana character an iconic representation of the most brutal outer fringes of 1980's no-holds-barred predatory capitalism. The original 1932 "Scarface" was directed by Howard Hawks from a script by erstwhile Chicago reporter Ben Hecht, evidently based on the life of mob kingpin Al Capone (Hecht was visited at the time he was writing the screenplay by Capone representatives who were curious as to whether their boss was going to be "unhappy" with Hecht's finished work; luckily for Hecht, he was able to placate them). The original "Scarface" was a zany, silly, but entertaining movie that starred a scenery-chewing Paul Muni and George Raft, who in his real life (as opposed to his "reel life") was friends with such gangsters as Bugsy Siegel and Owney Madden. DePalma's "Scarface" loosely follows Hecht's storyline, modernizing it, updating the time frame to the 1980's and changing the setting to Miami, as well as making explicit the incest angle that was implicit in Hawks' version. Instead of Muni's scar-faced Italian, Pacino's Tony Montana is a crudely-charismatic, vicious Cuban thug, part of the infamous Mariel boatlift (there's a note tacked on at the end of the picture, telling viewers that they shouldn't judge all Cubans by the actions of a ruthless few; an admonition that seems almost quaint by today's standards). Instead of the bootleg booze that Muni's character marketed in 1932, Montana deals in cocaine, and his services are very much in demand. Pacino is one of those performers like DeNiro, the late Brando, and Nicholson; he'll do a dozen performances where it will seem as if he's sleepwalking his way through the part, lulling you into thinking he's over-rated and over-hyped-- until you see him at his magnificent best, when you'll realize that he's one of the best cinematic actors in America today (and regret that he can't or won't contribute the same intensity to every performance he gives). His Tony Montana is all belligerent electricity and frenetic cocaine-fueled motion, a vile, cold-blooded killer who still managed to retain remnants of a twisted morality (he won't kill children or women). Compare this performance to his placidly evil and reptillian Michael Corleone, or his dense, befuddled murderer in "Donnie Brasco", and you recognize the extraordinary range that Pacino has as an actor. Steven Bauer plays the George Raft part, Michelle Pfeiffer is the WASP eye-candy, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is very sexy as Tony Montana's younger sister (I can't help but wonder why her career hasn't gone further than it has-- she's sexy and talented, which is always an unbeatable combination, in my humble opinion...but I digress...). Still, this is Pacino's picture. Without him, it would have been a justifiably forgotten, overlong celluloid relic of the early 80's. Because of Pacino's performance, and only because of Pacino's performance, it remains electrifying must-see cinema, even decades later.

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poopysurprisep arty
08/09/2008

Scarface (1983) 5

You have to see it! Although it might be a little long it's definatly worth it

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Spike65
07/18/2008

Scarface (1983) 1

Terrible film. Take out the profanity and there is nothing left. Pacino is so over-rated.

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whatupman
05/31/2008

Scarface (1983) 5

The movie is my favorite Pacino movie ever because of the action, aggression of tony, and the great lines he says that stick in your mind. Its hard to say its his best performance in acting, because of all of his other performances in movies. His acting was still phanominal though. Watch this movie if you haven't, it's a classic.

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fb599737983
11/03/2007

Scarface (1983) 5

What a classic. Pacino an all time great, his best performance ever

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Wheelerdr
05/22/2007

Scarface (1983) 4

Set the bar for a lot of gangster movies that followed.

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ILikePie
04/16/2007

Scarface (1983) 4

Although not a 'high quality' film, it is still certainly worth watching, and is a very good laugh. Sort of like the Godfather, but it doesn't take itself seriously...

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supremecritic
09/14/2006

Scarface (1983) 2

it just didn't have the style that you expect of a ganster movie, with to much unneccessary swearing.

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CanadaSucks
02/03/2006

Scarface (1983) 3

A decent but shockingly overrated movie given unwarranted cult status- an okay movie with over-the-top acting. . .love seeing F. Murray Abraham before his "oscar" phase. . .

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crhayes7
02/03/2006

Scarface (1983) 5

my favorite movie of all time.i must of seen it about 30 times already and it still sends chills up my spine everytime i watch it. anybody who gives this movie below a 3 is a F*****G cockroach. plus at the end even though he was all hopped up on coke and couldn't feel anything he must have tookin' atleast 35 shots before he fell to a shotgun to the back. God, i just can't wait 'til the game comes out sometime this year.

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Limpin' Trenchfoot
12/01/2005

Scarface (1983) 1

A nasty film by a director whose stock in trade is over the top unpleasantness e.g. The Fury. De Palma has to be one of the worst film makers of all time, right down there with Tarantino and David Lynch. If you want to see how gangster films should be done stick with Coppola and Scorsese.

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lefthandedprop het
07/30/2005

Scarface (1983) 5

an excellent story about a pathetic individual. al pacino plays a cuban better than any cuban could have. one of the best films of the 80's.

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JonTheMan
06/24/2005

Scarface (1983) 5

If one film could incapsulate the self-indulgence of the eighties onto a single piece of celluloid, it would be this one. Al Pacino plays arguably the greatest role of his prestigious career in his performance of Tony Montana, an ironic personification of the American dream. Tony is a lowly career criminal who comes to America from Communist Cuba with little more than the shirt on his back and a gleam in his eye. Fueled by his newly liberated sense of desire, he goes from rags to riches (dealing in yayo, naturally). In doing so though, he becomes lax, decadent and obsessed with money. This action packed tale is a vividly painted portrait of the double-edged sword that is desire. The plentiful action scenes are inventive and Pacino lends a infectious intensity to them. Oh yes, it's funny too. Pacino's portrayal of the exaggeratedly crude Montana is side-splitting as he spouts language that would make Howard Stern wince. Scarface is the complete package, a true epic and every minute is infused with vibrant creativity.

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kattwoman
06/12/2005

Scarface (1983) 5

this was a highly intense but violent movie. but it shouldnt have been a surprise because it was rated x in the beginning cuz of the violence. its a guy movie for sure but ive watched it a few times.

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Scarface (1983) 5

I loved this movie, I found out that me and al have so much in common, not only cocaine but i rented a tux for prom that looked just like that beach outfit he was wearing in the first scene of the movie.

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irishgit
12/18/2004

Scarface (1983) 4

Most comments here get drowned in the concern about the language. It's an above average movie with a sharp performance by Pacino. And if you don't agree with that I'll kill your monkey ass.

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The Slacker
12/17/2004

Scarface (1983) 5

One of my favorite movies made by man. Al Pacino was as convincing in this movie as The Godfather. I always tell the truth even when I lie, -Al Pacino (Tony Monatana)

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numbah16tdhaha
09/19/2004

Scarface (1983) 5

Say hello to my little friend! A little coke goes a long way, Tony. TO HATTER: okay, so it was alot of coke!

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Mad Hatter
09/19/2004

Scarface (1983) 5

A classic. The last stand was great. They couldn't drop him. TO NUMBAH: Uhmm, a little coke?

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dixxjamm
09/17/2004

Scarface (1983) 5

All a man has in this world is his balls and his word, and I don't break'em for no one. You got that?I don't even remember how many times I've quoted from this movie, since I saw it, about 10 years ago. Pacino's performance is something else,it is not acting,it's simply art in it's most amazing form.definitely in my top 5.

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Scarface (1983) 5

This movie was so cool I seen it more than ones thats how cool it was.

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Dirty Harry
06/29/2004

Scarface (1983) 5

A lot of profanity and violence but it's a classic. Pacino is brillant and comes across a realistic drug-dealing gangster. I want to add the extra's set to my collection.

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lashes
06/28/2004

Scarface (1983) 5

One of Al Pachino's best roles. Absolutely wonderful!!

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minkey
03/11/2004

Scarface (1983) 5

A great classic about an immigrant drug dealer who works his way up to the top by being aggressive and not letting anyone get in his way. But it is this attitude which leads to his downfall - he will not listen to even his closest friends. He becomes extremely self-consumed and careless, and his high coke intake doesn't help. In the end the invincible Tony Mantana falls as quickly as he had risen.

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ClassicTVFan47
03/11/2004

Scarface (1983) 1

Another blood-soaked exercize is stupidity, this movie is just as bad as other useless movies (Godfather, Saving Private Ryan) that push the limits of entertainment beyond decent. Violence, negative role models, and profanity is everywhere. But, a spark of creativity or optimism is nowhere to be found. Why would anyone want to watch this?

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whizbang3106
02/13/2004

Scarface (1983) 4

Scarface is a great movie, I mean who could forget, Say hello to my little friend! The only bad thing is that it's so long, at leaston TV.

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larry_biz
01/13/2004

Scarface (1983) 5

Raw, brutal, real. If you think that the chainsaw scene is Hollywood, think again. One of my all time favorite flicks.

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pug_lover
12/17/2003

Scarface (1983) 5

classic movie.. dont know what to say about it but it was very entertaining and the performances were wonderful.

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thadea
06/19/2003

Scarface (1983) 5

Here's your chance to see Pacino with his face in a pile of coke. This movie is great.

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Hut_Hut
04/04/2003

Scarface (1983) 5

My faverout movie of all time, I'll say that first. Released to a hail of critisism. In fact they gave it an X rating, virtualy unheard of outside the world of hardcore pornography, lol. Scarface in its time boasted an all time record amount of swears, making use of the F word almost 200 times. But this film is worth more than its dated shock value. Operatic and overblown, this film apeals to anyone looking for a film with a minamum amount of arsing around - the is no love sceans no attempt to bring shade or depth to Montana's character, he is defined by his actions as a pure bad guy - the ultimate anti-hero icon. Endlessly watchable and quotable, you'll either love it for its in you r face vilolence and agression or hate it for its bloatedness and linear simplicity. Its all about one scumbags rise and fall, and alot of Coke and carnage!

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SWAY
03/25/2003

Scarface (1983) 5

Best movie EVA!!!Aint it just like that game Grand Theft Auto Vice City???

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sexystreif
02/24/2002

Scarface (1983) 5

Al Pacino is a god! the cussing was a little excessive but I like the way they talk like normal people. the last scene made the movie.

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Scarface88
10/07/2001

Scarface (1983) 5

In my opinion, the greatest movie ever made. Al Pacino gives yet another great & memorable performance. And I think that the ending was genius. Enough Said.

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yankeegirl
09/04/2001

Scarface (1983) 2

The length of the film was way too long. Al Pacino was the only thing that kept me going till the end.

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MarkyMarkLuva1 9
06/13/2001

Scarface (1983) 5

I saw this movie recently with mi brother wen he rented it from the video store...I can admit that I thought it had way too muck cussing and violence, but it was great! THere is not another word for it..THis movie showed reality..IT braught out how drugs are a big part in our world..Like one of the viewers said b4 on this rating it had everything..."romance, drugs, violence, suspense, n so on" My bro said it was a true stori but I am still not sure about it..Al Pacino really acted great in it...I finally figured out where the saying, "Say hello to my little friend" came from...I honestly didn't know where it came from...Tony (Al Pacino) had a awesome ass house....I mean come on it looked like a 5 star hotel or somin...lol...it was great! I remeber this 1 part in the movie wen he and his people are in the car and they werre going to blow the dude who was tellin the government about the dude where Tony gets his drugs...THwy were goin to blow up his car with him in it but the man had his wife and kids in the car...and Tony didn't want to kill the wife and kids...but the otha dude was bout to kill em so Tony just pulled out his gun n shot the dude sittin next to him in the head...ewwww it was gross, but kool...hehe...Neway it was a very good movie and every1 should c it at least once... :)

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ronnie
11/27/2000

Scarface (1983) 5

The movie Scarface with Al Pacino is an American movie classic filled with action and suspense. This is definitely my favorite movie of all time. From Cuban refugee to multi-millionaire, this is the best tale of the rise from the gutter to the hi-rise.

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catfish
11/27/2000

Scarface (1983) 5

Great movie for its time. Great quotes thrown out. Al is the best. I watched it everyday one Summer. A good gangster movie, especially after the Godfathers.

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kat8
11/20/2000

Scarface (1983) 4

This movie is definitely a classic. To this day it is watched and you hear people all the time repeating lines from this movie. The only thing about the movie that was negative was all the violence and shooting, but it was an action thriller, so I guess it comes with the territory.

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TGaar
11/20/2000

Scarface (1983) 5

This movie is an all time classic. Pacino! The movie was full of action, a great story and characters. I have seen this movie a good nine times and not once has it been boring. Thumbs up!

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estes
11/20/2000

Scarface (1983) 3

Scarface was an OK movie. It was too slow and too long and drawn out. There wasn't enough action scenes.

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Pitbull
11/17/2000

Scarface (1983) 5

The best gangster movie ever. Every movie since has paled in comparison. Al Pacino was excellent. He played his part as if he was a real life mobster. I really like the realism and drama.

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kdee
11/17/2000

Scarface (1983) 5

My favorite gangsta' movie of all time is Scarface. It's a timeless scrutiny of the Mafia life. If you like the Mob this is the movie for you.

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stevied
11/16/2000

Scarface (1983) 5

The movie Scarface is one of my all time favorite movies. It has a little bit of everything within the movie such as romance, friendship, suspense, and especially violence. I really enjoy violent movies and Scarface fits that criteria. Scarface shows how drugs and drug dealing are a major part of american culture.

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mmoreno
11/14/2000

Scarface (1983) 5

Scarface. A classic. One of the best original gangsta movies of all time. I can never get tired of seeing it over and over again.

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chunk
11/13/2000

Scarface (1983) 5

Almost everyone has seen this movie. It is a legend. It was dramatic and suspenseful.

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Matt1
11/09/2000

Scarface (1983) 5

The movie was very real. It was an excellent portrayal of gang and drug life. NAS also makes references to the movie in his songs.

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giorgio
11/09/2000

Scarface (1983) 5

Thi is one of my favorite movies. I like the Pacino, and the way he acts. He seems so real. I really like the story of how he went from a nobody to a big man and how it ends.

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stevie
11/08/2000

Scarface (1983) 5

Al Pacino is one of my favorite actors. That movie has some of the best action for an early 80's picture. The character of Tony Montana was brilliant.

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