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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.

Director:

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:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$45,598,982

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,884,703
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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

The beer that one of the two assassins drinks in the Babylon Club before the shootout is Bavarian Löwenbräu. The brewery is located in Munich, Germany, and was founded around 1383. Also, the box seen in the money-counting scene, where Tony Montana wants the money to be counted a second time, is a Löwenbräu box. Löwenbräu translates into English as "lion's brew". See more »

Goofs

The position of the binoculars when Montana chats with Sosa in Bolivia. 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

In 2003, the film was given a limited 20th anniversary theatrical re-release. Footage wise, the only difference was that the re-release replaced the original "Van Allen belts" Universal logo with the newer 3D logo. The audio however, was significantly different from the original 1983 mix. Most of the incidental music was remixed, and all of the film's gunshot sounds were replaced with newer ones. The audio in the film's final sequence in Tony Montana's mansion was completely revamped, deleting some sound effects that were previously incorrectly placed. In addition, Tony's dialogue during the gunfight was easier to hear, and some of the henchmen had alternate groans dubbed in. The 20th anniversary DVD, released shortly after, only has a Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS track of the original mix, but the 2006 Platinum Edition DVD re-release and the Blu-ray edition included the audio remix in both DD 5.1 and DTS formats. Though the original mix is also available on the Blu-ray release. See more »

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Soundtracks

Gina's and Elvira's Theme
Performed by Helen St. John
Music by Giorgio Moroder
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Violent chronicle about the rise and fall of a dangerous gangster and easily ranks as one of the very best in the mobster genre
19 January 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Remake from classical movie titled Scarface (1934) , in fact , De Palma's Scarface is dedicated to Ben Hecht and Howard Hawks. When Fidel Castro opens the harbor at Mariel, Cuba, he sends 125,000 Cuban refugees to reunite with their relatives in the United States. Among all the refugees, there is one who wants it all, his name is Tony Montana (Al Pacino reportedly stated that Tony was one of his favorites of all the characters he's played) but the world will remember him by another name , Scarface , being a fictional character . In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel while succumbing to greed . As Tony and his faithful friend Manny (John Travolta was considered for the role of Manny Ribera but was to Steven Bauer who is the only actual Cuban in the main cast and subsequently married Melanie Griffith) arrive in the U.S. and beginning working small time jobs importing and exporting cocaine. Soon, they are hired by Omar Suarez (during filming F. Murray Abraham was notified that he had won the part of Antonio Salieri in Amadeus) to do business to a group of Colombians. When the issue goes awry , Tony and Manny leave with the money and flee rapidly . Soon after , Tony meets with drug ringleader Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia , outstanding as a rival gangster) and falls for his boss's girl , Elvira (Michelle Pffeifer , Kay Lenz, Glenn Close , Kelly McGillis and Kristy McNichol both reportedly wanted the role , but De Palma turned them down). Later on , Tony reunites with his mother and sister (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio).

This exciting film packs thrills , chills , noisy action violence and results to be pretty entertaining , in spite of its long runtime , as it runs nearly three hours . It's one of the most violent , gruesome , thrilling intriguing gangster move ever made . Al Pacino , in the title role , is firs-rate as the Cuban gangster and receives magnificent support from Steven Bauer , Robert Loggia, Mark Margolis , Harris Yulin and early deceased Paul Shenar gives a bravura performance as a Colombian kingpin . Interesting screenplay by Oliver Stone who wrote this film while fighting a cocaine addiction . The original idea was to make this film a remake of Scarface, which took place in Chicago, but this proved to be impossible due to budget constraints. There was a huge controversy in the city of Miami during the making of the film over whether the producers should be allowed to shoot in the city. The Miami Tourist Board decided not to allow filming, as they were afraid the movie would discourage tourism to Miami, particularly as it showed Miami's latest Cuban immigrants as gangsters and drug dealers. A majority of the film was shot in Los Angeles, California standing in for Miami, Florida. This was done because production would have been endangered by protest from angry Cuban-Americans over the film's reported subject matter. Streets and buildings used for shooting were redressed by the art directors to have the 'feel' of Miami. The movie displays a colorful cinematography by excellent and veteran cameraman John A Alonzo . Furthermore , it has a commercial musical score composed by synthesizer by usual of the 8os , Giorgo Moroder. The motion picture was very well directed by Brian De Palma who liked the script so much that he dropped out of directing Flashdance to direct this film. Ranked #10 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Gangster". Scarface, the version starring Paul Muni, was ranked #6 in June 2008


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