Scarface ★★★★

Scarface over the last thirty years has attained cult status as a crime classic. Directed by Brian De Palma with a blood-soaked screenplay courtesy of Oliver Stone, Scarface is not for the fainthearted. Featuring a tour de force of maniacal menace from Al Pacino this doesn't paint Cubans in a very flattering light and copped flak from ex-pats living in the US. for its portrayal of their countrymen. Drug-fueled and violent, the birth of Tony Montana and Pacino's second most iconic character is sensational.
It's 1980 and Cuban refugee Tony Montana is prepared to do anything to rise through the criminal ranks and make a name for himself. Cue chainsaws, machine guns, and copious amounts of cocaine that turn little Tony into a big-shot. Drug kingpins have never been as ruthless or determined as Pacino's, and even though there are many other interesting turns in De Palma's movie from the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer,Steven Bauer, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (almost unrecognizable), this is all about Al. Pacino is repugnant as the anti-hero whose mixed-up sense of family responsibility for his younger sister shows his psychotic side. Montana is a powderkeg waiting to explode at any moment and that's what makes him so compelling. It's a film full of quotable dialogue, scenes that will linger in the mind, and Pacino's now trademark snarl, but this won't be for everyone. Too violent? Too many fuck words? Too much blow? The choice is yours, but De Palma certainly made a film that got people talking.

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