to my little friend"
1980 Miami, Tony Montana (Pacino) arrived from Cuba to start
a new life. Where his ambition had been restrained by the communist regime,
he was now free to live the American dream. Taking his friend Manny (Bauer)
along for the ride, Tony got involved with local crime boss Frank Lopez
(Loggia) and quickly made his way up the ranks. He soon became a major player
in the American cocaine market but was this new found power starting to
go to his head?
Hailed as one of the best gangster movies ever made, Scarface
is the definition of a generational classic.
Based loosely on a 1932 movie of the same name by Howard Hawks,
which dealt with the Italian mob, this is a graphic and gritty look into
the world of drug smuggling in Florida in 1980s. Screenwriter Oliver Stone
(yes THE Oliver Stone) plays on the original premise of pursuing the American
dream of rags to riches but then highlighting the perils that can come with
success. We follow Tony's rise from lowly Cuban immigrant to the most powerful
drug dealer in America and we witness the power and splendour that accompany
it. We also see how the excesses of money and power can corrupt, leading
to an inevitable deadly downfall.
As well as a gripping storyline, it is the performances that
live in the memory more than anything and no one typifies this more than
Al Pacino as Tony Montana. We all know that Pacino is a great actor but
this role only emphasises his supreme talents. With instantly quotable lines
and a performance that most actors can only dream of emulating, Tony Montana
is a cinematic icon that highlights the rights and wrongs of the American
dream. Pacino's performance makes you care for a thoroughly despicable human
being when you should be applauding his downfall. This testament to his
talent as there are very few actors that can make you be concerned for a
Along with Pacino, the movie also has first-rate performances
from the supporting cast. Michelle Pfeiffer's first real dramatic role showcases
the talent that we would see later in her career. As Elvira, Tony's object
of lust and later drug addicted wife, Pfeiffer excels capturing your attention
not just with her beauty but also with her strong will. Steven Bauer role
as Tony's best friend Manny is the best of his career as he acts as the
voice of reason to a man that never adheres to the rules. Mary Elizabeth
Mastrantonio is also good as Tony's rebellious sister Gina who he needs
to have total control over. There is also great support from F. Murray Abraham
and Robert Loggia as Tony's employers then obstacles in his way to glory
Brian De Palma's direction is first rate and this is probably
his best film in a distinguished career. He captures the look superbly,
showcasing the excesses of wealth brilliantly and the violence that preceded
it gruesomely. This is a violent movie but it is realistic and never glorified.
It is used to display the world that Tony inhabits and the dangers that
are associated with the business he works in.
Scarface is a classic amongst gangster movies with outstanding
performances and a script that provides some of the most quotable lines
ever put to film. It highlights the relentless pursuit of the American dream
of money and power but it also shows the pitfalls that can accompany it.
It might be slightly overlong and you would have liked to have known more
about Tony in Cuba but this is a cinematic great that will be treasured
for generations to come.
Now say hello to my little friend.
Presented in 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with a DTS-HD 7.1 soundtrack,
the film has been totally remastered to get the most out of the 1983
movie. The picture quality is very good with strong colours and deep blacks
making it crystal clear. The dialogue sound is also first rate with the
surround coming into it own during the nightclub scenes and the climatic
The Scarface Phenomenon
See how the film has impacted crime drama and influenced many a gangster film that followed.
The Rebirth of Scarface (10.11 mins)
Producer Martin Bergman, director Brian De Palma, writer Oliver Stone
and actor Al Pacino discuss the origins of the movie. From its main influence,
the 1932 Howard Hawks' movie to the Oliver Stones extensive research into
the Florida drug rings, the featurette covers the birth of the project.
Acting Scarface (15.08 mins)
Producer Martin Bergman and director Brian De Palma talk about casting
all the key characters in the movie. They discuss each of the roles and
the actors that where cast in them. Steven Bauer talks about what it was
like to work with Pacino and how he learnt so much from his performance.
Creating Scarface (29.36 mins)
Taking you behind the scenes of the production of the movie, producer
Martin Bergman, director Brian De Palma, writer Oliver Stone and actor
Al Pacino reveal secrets about the film and how it all came together on
the big screen. Oliver Stone reveals how many of the scenes where based
on actual events investigated by the Miami PD and that Tony was named
after a certain famous person from the area.
Scarface: The TV Version (2.49 mins)
Producer Martin Bergman reveals how the US TV censor edited the film to
make it acceptable to be broadcast. This meant he had to remove 160 f-words
alone. The mini featurette shows you comparisons between the TV version
and the theatrical cut.
Deleted Scenes (22.38 mins)
A montage of removed or extended scenes that didn't make it into De Palma's
final version. Highlights include Tony and the transvestites and the drug
of the day scenes. Def Jam Presents:
Origins of a Hip-Hop Classic (20.33 mins/DVD Only)
Stars like P Diddy, Method Man, Mekhi Phifer, Andre 3000, Eve, Sean Paul
and Snoop Dogg talk about how Scarface is a ghetto classic and how it
influenced to Gangsta Rap movement. The talk about the positive themes
of the movie such as loyalty and also how it can show you that too much
greed and power can lead to your downfall.
The Making of Scarface: The Video Game
See how Tony headed to video game consoles, creating Al Pacino and the rest of the cast in graphics and allowing you to rule the crime world.
Theatrical and Teaser trailers
chance to see the original teaser and full trailers for the movie.
The classic gangster movie is brilliantly remastered on Blu-Ray. The accompanying
extras are very good, especially the cast and crew interviews in the featurettes.
A commentary track would have been welcomed however.
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