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Oliver Stone (screenplay)
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9 December 1983 (USA) See more »
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He was Tony Montana. The world will remember him by another name...SCARFACE. See more »
Plot:
In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel while succumbing to greed. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 nominations See more »
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Dynamic Performance by Pacino See more (786 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Al Pacino ... Tony Montana

Steven Bauer ... Manny Ribera

Michelle Pfeiffer ... Elvira Hancock

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Gina Montana

Robert Loggia ... Frank Lopez

Miriam Colon ... Mama Montana

F. Murray Abraham ... Omar Suarez

Paul Shenar ... Alejandro Sosa

Harris Yulin ... Mel Bernstein
Ángel Salazar ... Chi Chi
Arnaldo Santana ... Ernie

Pepe Serna ... Angel
Michael P. Moran ... Nick The Pig
Al Israel ... Hector The Toad

Dennis Holahan ... Jerry The Banker

Mark Margolis ... Alberto The Shadow
Michael Alldredge ... Sheffield
Ted Beniades ... Seidelbaum

Richard Belzer ... M.C. at Babylon Club
Paul Espel ... Luis
John Brandon ... Immigration Officer #3

Tony Perez ... Immigration Officer #2
Garnett Smith ... Immigration Officer #1
Loren Almaguer ... Dr. Munoz
Gil Barreto ... Cuban Refugee
Heather Benna ... Gutierrez Child
Sue Bowser ... Miriam (as Dawnell Bowers)
Tina Leigh Cameron ... Saleslady
Victor Campos ... Ronnie Echevierra
Robert Hammer Cannerday ... Marielito

Rene Carrasco ... Shooter
Albert Carrier ... Pedro Quinn

John Carter ... Vic Phillips
Richard Caselnova ... Driver

Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Shooter #1 (as Gary Cervantes)
Carlos Cestero ... Matos
Johnny Contardo ... Miguel Echevierra (as John Contardo)
Roberto Contreras ... Rebenga
Caesar Cordova ... Taco stand cook

Gregory Cruz ... Shooter #2 (as Gregory N. Cruz)
Dante D'Andre ... General Strasser (as Dante D'André)
Richard Delmonte ... Fernando
Wayne Doba ... Octavio The Clown
Michel François ... Maitre d'
Ben Frommer ... Male Patron
Edward R. Frommer ... Taco Stand Customer
John Gamble ... Helicopter Pilot
Troy Isaacs ... Cuban Refugee
Ronald G. Joseph ... Car Salesman (as Ronald Joseph)
Mario Machado ... Interviewer
Joe Marmo ... Nacho 'El Gordo'
Ray Martel ... Nacho's Bodyguard
John McCann ... Bank Spokesman
Richard Mendez ... Gina's Killer
Victor Millan ... Ariel Bleyer
Santos Morales ... Waldo

Mike Moroff ... Gaspar's Bodyguard
Angela Nisi ... Gutierrez Child

Manuel Padilla Jr. ... Kid #2
Tony Pann ... Driver
Ilka Tanya Payan ... Mrs. Gutierrez (as Ilka Payan)
Barbra Perez ... Marta
Michael Rougas ... Monsignor
Anthony Saenz ... Cuban Refugee
Geno Silva ... The Skull
Arnold Tafolla ... Kid #1

Charles A. Tamburro ... Helicopter Pilot (as Chuck Tamburo)
Jim Towers ... Cuban Refugee
Robert Vandenberg ... Gaspar Gomez (as Robert Van den Berg)
Bob Yanez ... Cuban Man

Angela Aames ... Woman at Babylon Club
Nancy Lee Andrews ... Woman at Babylon Club
Dona Baldwin ... Woman at Babylon Club

Lee Benton ... Woman at Babylon Club (as Rosa Lee Benton)
Cynthia Burr ... Woman at Babylon Club

Lana Clarkson ... Woman at Babylon Club
Karen Criswell ... Woman at Babylon Club

Margo Kelly ... Woman at Babylon Club

Ava Lazar ... Woman at Babylon Club
Emilia Crow ... Woman at Babylon Club (as Emilia Lesniak)

Marii Mak ... Woman at Babylon Club
Shelley Taylor Morgan ... Woman at Babylon Club
Catharine Richardson ... Woman at Babylon Club
Pat Simmons ... Woman at Babylon Club
Terri Taylor ... Woman at Babylon Club
Charlie Adiano ... Woman at Babylon Club
Lisa Katz ... Woman at Babylon Club
Jeanette Linne ... Woman at Babylon Club (as Jeanette Linné)

Margaret Michaels ... Woman at Babylon Club
Rhonda Sandberg ... Woman at Babylon Club
Katt Shea ... Woman at Babylon Club (as Kathy Shea)

Marcia Wolf ... Woman at Babylon Club
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fidel Castro ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Barclay DeVeau ... Ambassador's Daughter (uncredited)

Charles Durning ... Immigration Officer (voice) (uncredited)

Dennis Franz ... Immigration Officer (voice) (uncredited)
Linda Gillen ... Voice (uncredited)

Gregg Henry ... Charles Goodson (uncredited)

Kevyn Major Howard ... Extra (uncredited)
Richard Jasen ... Little Boy at Pool (uncredited)
Henry Kingi ... Colombian Hitman (uncredited)
Jorge Porcel ... Sasso (uncredited)

Brett Ratner ... Boy Lying on Raft in Pool (uncredited)

Randall Rutledge ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)

Marcus Shirock ... Boy at Pool (uncredited)
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Directed by
Brian De Palma 
 
Writing credits
Oliver Stone (screenplay)

Howard Hawks  1932 screenplay (uncredited)
Ben Hecht  1932 screenplay (uncredited)
Armitage Trail  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Martin Bregman .... producer
Peter Saphier .... co-producer
Louis A. Stroller .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Giorgio Moroder 
 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo 
 
Film Editing by
Gerald B. Greenberg  (as Jerry Greenberg)
David Ray 
 
Casting by
Alixe Gordin 
 
Art Direction by
Edward Richardson  (as Ed Richardson)
 
Set Decoration by
Bruce Weintraub 
 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris 
 
Makeup Department
Stephen Abrums .... makeup artist (as Steve Abrums)
Janice D. Brandow .... hair stylist (as Janice Brandow)
Barbara Guedel .... makeup artist
Toni-Ann Walker .... hair stylist (as Toni Walker)
 
Production Management
Raymond Hartwick .... unit production manager (as Ray Hartwick)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David H Dreyfuss .... second unit director (as David Hans Dreyfuss)
James Herbert .... additional second assistant director
Joe Napolitano .... first assistant director
Chris Soldo .... second assistant director
Robert Yannetti .... dga trainee
Jerry Ziesmer .... first assistant director
Lewis Gould .... second assistant director: New York (uncredited)
 
Art Department
James Allen .... assistant art director (as Jim Allen)
Casey Hallenbeck .... set dresser
Geoff Hubbard .... set designer
Peter Ivy .... carpenter foreman
Peter Lamppu .... carpenter foreman
Daniel Loren May .... lead man (as Dan May)
Clarence Lynn Price .... construction coordinator (as Lynn Price)
Blake Russell .... set designer
Carlos Salinas .... carpenter foreman
Ferdinando Scarfiotti .... visual consultant
Steven Schwartz .... set designer (as Steve Schwartz)
Edmund Villa .... assistant property master (as Ed Villa)
Will Waters .... set dresser
'Dangerous' Bob Widin .... assistant property master (as Bob Widin)
John Zemansky .... property master
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Ronald S. Baratie .... greensman (uncredited)
Robert Misetich .... painter (uncredited)
John Sweeney .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Andy Aaron .... sound effects recordist
Edward Beyer .... supervising sound editor
Donald L. Bolger .... boom operator (as Don Bolger)
Charles J. Bond .... sound recordist (as Charles Bond)
James Briley .... assistant sound editor
Randall Coleman .... assistant sound editor
Dave Concors .... technical sound consultant
Bob Cornett .... sound editor (as Robert H. Cornett)
Marissa De Guzman .... assistant sound editor (as Marissa DeGuzman)
Jay Dranch .... sound editor
Harriet Fidlow .... dialogue loop editor
Leslie Gaulin .... assistant sound editor (as Leslie Troy Gaulin)
Lou Graf .... sound editor
Steve Hodge .... sound consultant
Michael Jacobi .... sound editor
Michael Kirchberger .... sound editor
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... assistant sound editor
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer (as Charles Darin Knight)
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudsen)
Kevin Lee .... sound editor
Hal Levinsohn .... dialogue editor
Joan Metzger .... assistant sound editor
Barbara Minor .... assistant sound editor
Yvette Nabel .... assistant sound editor
Wende Phifer Mate .... assistant sound editor (as Wende Phifer-Mate)
Mark Rathaus .... sound editor
Brian Reeves .... sound consultant
Dave Rideau .... sound consultant
Louise Rubacky .... assistant sound editor (as Weezie Rubacky)
Maurice Schell .... sound editor
Ahmad Shirazi .... assistant sound editor (as Maddy Shirazi)
Ann Stein .... assistant sound editor
Brunilda Torres .... assistant sound editor
Paul Trejo .... sound editor
Arthur Weiss .... assistant sound editor
Alfonso Calvo .... sound dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Leslie Gaulin .... sound editor (uncredited)
Randal A. Goya .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... adr crowd (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Stan Parks .... special effects
Ken Pepiot .... special effects
George Zamora .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Bill Hansard .... rear projection
 
Stunts
M. James Arnett .... stunts (as Jim Arnett)
Bobby Bass .... stunts
Clay Boss .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts
Jophery C. Brown .... stunt coordinator (as Jophery Brown)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts
Cheré Bryson .... stunts (as Chere Bryson)
David Burton .... stunts
David Cadiente .... stunts (as Dave Cadiente)
Steven Chambers .... stunts (as Steve Chambers)
Gary Combs .... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (as Gil Combs)
Steve M. Davison .... stunts (as Steve Davison)
Tim A. Davison .... stunts (as Tim Davison)
Mike De Luna .... stunts
Justin De Rosa .... stunts (as Justin DeRosa)
Eddy Donno .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunt double: Al Pacino
David R. Ellis .... stunts (as David Ellis)
Eurlyne Epper .... stunts
Gary Epper .... stunts
Leonard P. Geer .... stunts (as Lenny Geer)
Alan Gibbs .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts
Freddie Hice .... stunts (as Fred Hice)
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts (as Bill Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Hugh Hooker .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Thomas J. Huff)
Gary Hymes .... stunts
Al Jones .... stunts
Donna Keegan .... stunts
Ed Lang .... stunts
Buck McDancer .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts
Alan Oliney .... stunts
Ron Oliney .... stunts
Brad Orrison .... stunts
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunts
Don Pulford .... stunts (as Donald Pulford)
J.N. Roberts .... stunts
Mario Roberts .... stunts
Sandy Robertson .... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts
Michael Runyard .... stunts (as Mike Runyard)
Sharon Schaffer .... stunts
Spike Silver .... stunts
Eddie Smith .... stunts
Peter Stader .... stunts (as Peter T. Stader)
Tom Steele .... stunts
Ron Stein .... stunts
Charles A. Tamburro .... stunts
Keith Tellez .... stunts
Jack Verbois .... stunts
Danny Weselis .... stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (as Glen Wilder)
Scott Wilder .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Tom Bahr .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Jeff Cadiente .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Kingi .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sidney Ray Baldwin .... still photographer (as Sidney Baldwin)
Michael Barrett .... electrician
Michael A. Chavez .... assistant camera (as Michael Chavez)
Michael Ferris .... camera operator
James W. Finnerty .... grip: New York
Donald Glenn .... best boy grip (as Don Glenn)
Bud Heller .... key grip
Susan C. Ingram .... assistant camera (as Susan Ingram)
Horace Jordan .... assistant camera (as Horace Jordan Jr.)
Hal Landaker .... video consultant
Thomas Laughridge .... camera operator (as Tom Laughridge)
Bob Mundell .... best boy
Dutch Presley .... best boy
Kevin Presley .... electrician
Donald Schmitz .... grip (as Don Schmitz)
Clyde Smith .... dolly grip
Stuart A. Spohn .... gaffer (as Stuart Spohn)
John Toll .... camera operator
Mario Zavala .... assistant camera
Vincent Contarino .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael J. Schwartz .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Rod Weaver .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Randy Woodside .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Karl Brindle .... extras casting
Billy Cardenas .... extras casting
Bob Morones .... additional casting
Judy Dennis .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Henrikson .... costumer
Gregory B. Peña .... costumer (as Greg Pena)
G. Tony Scarano .... costumer (as Tony Scarano)
Randi Mavestrand .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Michael Bregman .... editing room assistant
Laura Civiello .... assistant film editor
Phil Hetos .... color consultant: Technicolor
Ray Hubley .... assistant film editor
Alfred Laurence Kahn .... editing room assistant
Lori Kornspun .... editing room assistant
Paul Neshamkin .... editor: title sequence
David Oakden .... assistant film editor
Debby Paley .... editing room assistant
Bill Pankow .... associate film editor
Shari Smith .... editing room assistant
Robert Yang .... editing room assistant
Rick Derby .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
J. Kathleen Gibson .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Barrows .... music arranger
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Laurie Kanner .... music coordinator
Sylvester Levay .... music arranger
Giorgio Moroder .... music arranger
Kristian Schultze .... music arranger
Richie Zito .... music arranger
Daniel J. Johnson .... co-music editor (uncredited)
Daniel Walker .... score arranger (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Dan Anglin .... transportation coordinator (as Danny Anglin)
Richard Brehm .... driver
Bob Cornell .... transportation co-captain (as Bob Cornnell)
Tony Emerzian .... driver
Frankie Hernandez .... driver
Junior Newman .... driver
Ted Reed .... transportation captain
Pat Seran .... driver
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David H Dreyfuss .... title designer (as David Hans Dreyfuss)
Robert Easton .... dialogue coach
Joan Eisenberg .... unit publicist
Ron Filbert .... production auditor
Darryl Fong .... production assistant
Michael Fottrell .... production assistant
Jack Garsha .... timing consultant: Technicolor
Gary Hill .... assistant: Brian Depalma
Joe James .... craft service
Jan Kemper .... script supervisor
Willie Kupahu .... production auditor (as Willie Kapahu)
Shari Leibowitz .... production coordinator
Lori Meeks .... production assistant
Barbrah Messing .... secretary
Frank Pierson .... location manager
Judee Roberts .... talent coordinator
Sandy Russell .... secretary
Charles A. Tamburro .... helicopter pilot
Mary Viviano .... assistant: Mr. Pacino
Susan Zwerman .... location manager
Dean Gates .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeff Most .... production assistant (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Branko Wohlfahrt .... armorer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Howard Hawks .... dedicatee
Ben Hecht .... dedicatee
Rafael Hernandez Jr. .... special thanks
Nick Navarro .... special thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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Trivia:
In the film, Tony buys a Porsche to impress Elvira. In the original script, he buys a red Jaguar model XG6.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Immediately following the shoot-out in the nightclub, Tony and other customers run out, jump into cars from the valet parking lot and drive off. An impossibility - valet parking keys are always kept in a coded cabinet system that requires patrons to identify themselves; keys are never left in cars.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Fidel Castro:...al esfuerzo y al heroísmo de una revolución... ¡No los queremos! ¡No los necesitamos!
[translated... to the effort and heroism of a revolution... We don't want them! We don't need them!]
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75 out of 119 people found the following review useful.
Dynamic Performance by Pacino, 30 June 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

In 1983, Director Brian De Palma set out to make a film about the rise and fall of an American gangster, and that he did-- with the help of a terrific screenplay by Oliver Stone and some impeccable work by an outstanding cast. The result was `Scarface,' starring Al Pacino in one of his most memorable roles. The story begins in May of 1980, when Castro opened the harbor at Mariel, Cuba, to allow Cuban nationals to join their families in the United States. 125,000 left Cuba at that time, for the greener pastures of freedom in America, and most were honest, hard-working people, thankful for the opportunity they had been granted. But not all. Among the `Marielitos' who streamed into Florida, approximately 25,000 had criminal records and were nothing less than the dregs of Cuba's jails-- criminals considered beyond redemption, who Castro had merely wanted to be rid of. And they, too, saw America as a land of opportunity, even as Al Capone had considered Chicago some fifty years earlier. And among the most ambitious was a man named Tony Montana (Pacino), known to his associates as `Caracortada.' Scarface.

Now that he was free of the yoke of Communism under which he had grown up, Montana wanted what he felt was coming to him, and he wanted it now; and from the moment he stepped off the boat in Florida, he was determined to have it all. Wealth and power-- that was Montana's dream, and he would get it by doing what he did best, beginning with a favor for a man living in Miami by the name of Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia). Lopez, it seems, had a brother in Cuba who had met an untimely end at the hands of one of Castro's goons, a man who, having outlived his usefulness to Castro, had been summarily discarded and was currently being held in `Little Havana,' along with Montana and all of the Cubans just off the boats, where they awaited their papers from the government that would effect their transition into their new lives. And in short order, Montana sees to it that Lopez's brother has been avenged, and it sets the stage for his own entrance into the underworld of America.

Lopez, a wealthy businessman with the right connections, in return for the favor gets Montana and his friend, Manny (Steven Bauer), released from the holding camp, and puts them to work. In his day, Capone may have had bootlegging as a means through which to line his coffers with illicit gain, but Lopez has the modern day equivalent, and it's even more lucrative: Cocaine. Lopez takes Montana under his wing and indoctrinates him into the life, but once he has a taste of it, Montana isn't satisfied with whatever crumbs Lopez sees fit to throw his way, and he sets a course that will take him to where he wants to be: At the `top.' With a cold-blooded, iron will, Montana decides he'll do whatever it takes to get there, no matter what the cost. but before it's over, he will realize the price for his dream, and he'll pay it; but for a brief moment, perhaps he will know what it's like to be The Man. And he will also know whether or not it was worth it.

In step with De Palma's vision, Pacino plays Montana larger-than-life, and he does it beautifully. From the accent he affects (which he researched thoroughly to make sure he got it right-- and he did), to the body language and the attitude, he's got it all, and it makes Montana convincing and very real. What he brings to the role is nuance and style, in a way that few actors (De Niro would be one) can. This is definitely not a character that is sympathetic in any way, nor is there anything about Montana that you can readily relate to on a personal level; but Pacino's screen presence is so strong that it makes him a thoroughly engrossing character, even though it's hard to become emotionally involved with him. It's quite simply a dynamic, memorable performance.

Michelle Pfeiffer gives a solid performance, as well, in the role that put her on the path to stardom. As Elvira, the woman who becomes an integral part of Montana's dream, Pfeiffer is subtle and understated, giving that sense of something going on underneath, while affecting a rather cold and distant exterior countenance. She, like Pacino, definitely makes her presence felt as she fairly glides across the screen with a stoic, enigmatic and sultry demeanor.

The supporting cast includes Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Gina), Miriam Colon (Mama Montana), F. Murray Abraham (Omar), Paul Shenar (Sosa) and Harris Yulin (Bernstein). An excellent precursor to the more recent and highly acclaimed `Traffic,' and `Blow,' and well as having a climactic scene reminiscent of Peckinpah's `The Wild Bunch,' De Palma's `Scarface,' originally panned by critics, has since been cited by many as being the definitive American gangster saga. Much of the violence is implied rather than graphic, but this film still has an edge of realism to it that many may find somewhat disturbing. But if you stay with it, there is a lesson to be learned in the end. And like many lessons in life, the most valuable are often the hardest to take at the time. But the reward is always worth it, and that's the way it is with this film. I rate this one 8/10.





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