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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tony Montana
... Manny Ribera
... Elvira Hancock
... Gina Montana
... Frank Lopez
... Mama Montana
... Omar Suarez
... Alejandro Sosa
... Mel Bernstein
... Chi Chi
Arnaldo Santana ... Ernie
... Angel
Michael P. Moran ... Nick The Pig
... Hector The Toad
... Jerry The 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

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

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Crime | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caracortada  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In the film, Tony buys a Porsche to impress Elvira. In the original script, he buys a red Jaguar. See more »

Goofs

In the Babylon club when the champagne is poured Tony puts a cigar in his mouth and raises the glass, but in the next shot the cigar has disappeared. 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

We see a proverb at the beginning of the movie that says: "Enjoy yourself, every day above ground is a good day." ANONYMOUS, MIAMI 1981 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Malcolm in the Middle: Stevie in the Hospital (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Hot Tonight
Performed by Elizabeth Daily
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Giorgio Moroder and Arthur Barrow
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Grandiose, bloodyminded and implacable
18 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my all time favorites.

If the movie has a flaw, it's that it comes at you like a raging bull. It doesn't so much engage the viewer as assault him. ''Scarface'' is as voracious and unyielding a production as Tony Montana himself. Nothing is left to the viewer's imagination.

Moroder's languorous synthpop fits the action to a tee. Like the chorus in a Greek tragedy, it wails and gnashes, broods and tugs, a constant reminder of Tony's inexorable fate.

Not so much a tale of caution as a disaster in progress, ''Scarface'' rips across the screen with the unstoppable force of a runaway train.


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