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Scarface ()


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An ambitious and nearly insane violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall.

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Tony Camonte
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Cesca Camonte
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Poppy
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Johnny Lovo
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Police Inspector Guarino
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Guino Rinaldo
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Angelo
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Tom Gaffney
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Mr. Garston - Publisher
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Managing Editor
Inez Palange ...
Tony's Mother
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Detective Chief
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Pietro - Barber (uncredited)
Gus Arnheim ...
Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
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Citizens Committee Member (uncredited)
Maurice Black ...
Jim - Headwaiter (uncredited)
William Burress ...
Judge (alternate ending) (uncredited)
James Conaty ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Waiter at Columbia Cafe (uncredited)
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Mabel (uncredited)
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Citizens Committee Member (uncredited)
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Newspaper Man (uncredited)
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Man Outside Theatre (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Hood with Gaffney (uncredited)
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Prison Guard (alternate ending) (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra ...
Paradise Club Orchestra (uncredited)
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Blonde at Paradise Club (uncredited)
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Man on Bed (uncredited)
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Citizens Committee Member (uncredited)
Sydney Jarvis ...
Bartender (uncredited)
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One of Costillo's Hoods (uncredited)
John Lee Mahin ...
MacArthur from the Journal (uncredited)
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Stag Party Janitor (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Hood (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
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Night Club Patron (uncredited)
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One of Costillo's Hoods (uncredited)
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Tony - Bodyguard (uncredited)
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Cesca's Dance Partner (uncredited)
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Henchman (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ...
Hood (uncredited)
Bert Starkey ...
Epstein - Lawyer (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ...
One of Costillo's Hoods (uncredited)
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One of Costillo's Hoods (uncredited)
Helen C. Thompson ...
Sadie Thompson (uncredited)
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One of Costillo's Hoods (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ...
Theatregoer (uncredited)
Harry J. Vejar ...
Big Louis Costillo (uncredited)
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One of Costillo's Hoods (uncredited)
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Cesca's Boyfriend (uncredited)
Stanhope Wheatcroft ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Directed by

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Howard Hawks
Richard Rosson ... (co-director)

Written by

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Armitage Trail ... (based on the novel by)
 
Ben Hecht ... (screen story)
 
Seton I. Miller ... (continuity) &
John Lee Mahin ... (continuity) &
W.R. Burnett ... (continuity)
 
Seton I. Miller ... (dialogue) &
John Lee Mahin ... (dialogue) &
W.R. Burnett ... (dialogue)
 
Howard Hawks ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Howard Hawks ... producer (uncredited)
Howard Hughes ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Adolph Tandler ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Lee Garmes
L. William O'Connell ... (as L.W. O'Connell)

Film Editing by

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Edward Curtiss
Lewis Milestone ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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Douglass Biggs ... editorial advisor

Production Management

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Charles Stallings ... production manager

Art Department

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Harry Oliver ... settings

Sound Department

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William Snyder ... sound engineer

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Howard A. Anderson ... process photography (uncredited)

Stunts

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Frances Miles ... stunt double: Ann Dvorak (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Charles Bohny ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Roy Clark ... camera operator (uncredited)
Warner Cruze ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Eugene Kornman ... still photographer (uncredited)
Warren Lynch ... camera operator (uncredited)

Music Department

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Gus Arnheim ... musical director
Adolph Tandler ... musical director

Other crew

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W.R. Burnett ... continuity
Howard Hughes ... presenter
John Lee Mahin ... continuity
Seton I. Miller ... continuity
E.B. Derr ... supervisor (uncredited)
Howard Hughes ... direction supervisor (uncredited)
Lincoln Quarberg ... general press representative (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Johnny Lovo rises to the head of the bootlegging crime syndicate on the south side of Chicago following the murder of former head, Big Louis Costillo. Johnny contracted Big Louis' bodyguard, Tony Camonte, to make the hit on his boss. Tony becomes Johnny's second in command, and is not averse to killing anyone who gets in his and Johnny's way. As Tony is thinking bigger than Johnny and is not afraid of anyone or anything, Tony increasingly makes decisions on his own instead of following Johnny's orders, especially in not treading on the north side run by an Irish gang led by a man named O'Hara, of whom Johnny is afraid. Tony's murder spree increases, he taking out anyone who stands in his and Johnny's way of absolute control on the south side, and in Tony's view absolute control of the entire city. Tony's actions place an unspoken strain between Tony and Johnny to the point of the two knowing that they can't exist in their idealized world with the other. Tony's ultimate downfall may be one of two women in his life: Poppy, Johnny's girlfriend to who Tony is attracted; and Tony's eighteen year old sister, Cesca, who is self-professed to be older mentally than her years much to Tony's chagrin, he who will do anything to protect her innocence. Cesca ultimately comes to the realization that she is a lot more similar to her brother than she first imagined. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Narbengesicht (Germany)
  • Scarface, el terror del hampa (Spain)
  • Yarali Yüz (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • A sebhelyes arcú (Hungary)
  • Cara cortada (Mexico)
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Trivia Screenwriter Ben Hecht was a former Chicago journalist familiar with the city's Prohibition-era gangsters, including Al Capone. During the filming Hecht returned to his Los Angeles hotel room one night to find two Capone torpedoes waiting for him. The gangsters demanded to know if the movie was about Capone. Hecht assured them it wasn't, saying that the character Tony Camonte was based on gangsters like "Big" Jim Colosimo and Charles Dion O'Bannion. "Then why is the movie called Scarface?" one of the hoods demanded. "Everyone will think it's about Capone!" "That's the reason," said Hecht. "If you call the movie Scarface (1932), people will think it's about Capone and come to see it. It's part of the racket we call show business." The Capone hoods, who appreciated the value of a scam, left the hotel placated. See more »
Goofs When Tony throws a spittoon through the glass door of the First Ward Social Club, pattern of shattered glass before he enters club is far different from that as he goes into room. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Fatale beauté (1994). See more »
Soundtracks St. Louis Blues See more »
Crazy Credits "This picture is an indictment of gang rule in America and of the callous indifference of the government to this constantly increasing menace to our safety and our liberty. Every incident in this picture is the reproduction of an actual occurence, and the purpose of this picture is to demand of the government: "What are you going to do about it?". The government is your government. What are YOU going to do about it? See more »
Quotes Tony Camonte: You see that?
[a sign outside the window reads: THE WORLD IS YOURS. COOK TOURS]
Tony Camonte: Someday I look at that sign and I say, "Okay, she's mine."
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