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ASHER RYE       Scarface On TV 9-12-2009 10:12 PM
WOW just watched Scarface On TV. have not seen that movie in quite awhile.
Al Pacino as Tony Montana is brilliant.
And he's the Godfather.

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Scarface is a 1983 epic crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone, and starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana. Based on Howard Hawks' original 1932 film of the same name, the film tells the story of a fictional Cuban refugee who comes to Florida in 1980 as a result of the Mariel Boatlift. Montana becomes a gangster against the backdrop of the 1980s cocaine boom. The film chronicles his rise to the top of Miami's criminal underworld and subsequent downfall in tragic Greek fashion.

The film is dedicated to Howard Hawks and Ben Hecht, who were the writers of the original 1932 film.

The critical response to Scarface was mixed and the film received criticism for its violence and graphic language. Despite this, it did well at the box office and has since gathered a phenomenal cult following. The film has become an important cultural icon for many fans, inspiring Motley Crue's Dr. Feelgood, posters, clothing, and many other references, especially in gangsta rap. The film's grainy black and white poster is a very popular decoration and is still in production, and as a result of its popularity has been parodied many times.

The opening scenes show Cuban Tony Montana (Al Pacino), one of the 125,000 Cubans who immigrated to Miami, Florida in the Mariel Boatlift, and one of at least 25,000 who has a criminal record. He is interrogated by three tough-talking immigration officers. He and his best friend and former Cuban Army buddy Manolo "Manny" Ribera (Steven Bauer) are met with resistance, particularly because of their criminal records, and are placed in "Freedom Town", a camp under the freeway where Cuban refugees without green cards are kept. A month later, Manny makes Tony aware of a deal in which a wealthy man named Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia), can give them access to the cards needed, in exchange for the murder of a former Cuban security agent named Emilio Rebenga. Tony does this without much thought, stabbing and killing Rebenga during a riot, and they receive their residency.

Over the next few weeks, Tony and Manny begin working in a small Cuban food stand, but Tony soon grows restless. One evening they meet with drug dealer Omar Suarez (F. Murray Abraham), who made them the Rebenga deal, for another job. Omar wants to unload a boat from Mexico containing 500 kilograms of marijuana and offers to pay them $500 each. Tony demands more, and after a brief but violent argument, Omar offers them $5,000 each for buying two kilograms of cocaine worth $25,000 apiece from Colombian dealers.

A few days later, Tony and Manny, along with two other Cuban associates, Angel (Pepe Serna) and Chi Chi (Ángel Salazar), drive to the Sunray Motel for the drug deal. The transaction is revealed to be a rip-off when the Colombians pull guns and demand that Tony hand over the money. Tony refuses, prompting Hector to threaten him with a chainsaw and going as far as chopping Angel to pieces in front of Tony. After a gunfight in which they kill Hector and his associates, Tony, Manny, and Chi Chi leave with the cocaine and the money. Tony takes them to Frank personally, already distrusting Omar. Frank, an affable, gregarious man, takes a shine to Tony immediately, impressed by his sense of humor and bold attitude. Tony secretly tells Manny that Frank may be too "soft" to be a major player for too long. Tony and Manny end up getting a job under Frank in the drug-dealing business. Meanwhile, Tony takes an interest in Frank's girlfriend, Elvira Hancock (Michelle Pfeiffer). Frank takes Tony, Manny and his associates out to the Babylon Nightclub which Frank frequents. While Tony flirts with Elvira, going so far as to purchase a Porsche 928 to impress her, she shows no interest in him.

Three months later, Tony pays a visit to his estranged family's home. It is implied that Tony's father, a U.S. Navy sailor, walked out on the family years ago, but his mother Georgina Montana (Míriam Colón) and his younger sister Gina (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) are home. Gina is excited to see Tony after his five years of absence, while his mother is not as thrilled, aware and ashamed of his criminal history. When he offers his mother $1,000, his mother angrily rejects the gift, demanding Tony leave her and Gina alone. Tony leaves, but Gina runs after him and he slips her the $1,000 secretly. Ladies' man Manny is awestruck with Gina's beauty, but Tony angrily warns him against attempting to court her.

Some time later, in Bolivia, Tony and Omar begin discussing business with drug kingpin Alejandro Sosa (Paul Shenar) on behalf of Frank. Tony begins making major decisions about distribution of the drugs, angering Omar who believes he had no such authority. Sosa offers Omar a quick helicopter ride back home to talk over the transaction with Frank. However, Sosa then orders one of his men to kill Omar, explaining to Tony that he was allegedly a police informant. On the other hand, Sosa believes that Tony is trustworthy and makes him one of his business partners. After returning to Florida, Tony comes under heat from Frank. Frank warns Tony that Sosa is not to be trusted. Tony and Frank end their business relationship, while Tony begins making bolder passes at Elvira.

At the Babylon nightclub, Tony is shaken down by a corrupt Miami narcotics detective, Mel Bernstein (Harris Yulin). He proposes to "tax" Tony on his transactions in return for police protection and information. Tony is convinced Frank sent Bernstein to shake him down because only he would know details about the shootout at the Sunray Motel. Tony is then distracted by the sight of his sister Gina dancing and making out with a low-level drug dealer. He attacks the man and berates Gina, who angrily tells Tony she is old enough to do whatever she wants. Manny proceeds to drive Gina home, telling her that she deserves better. When Gina compliments Manolo for being a gentleman to her and admitting an interest in him, he confesses he could get in trouble with Tony.

Meanwhile at the Babylon, Tony and the patrons are being entertained by Octavio the Clown. Suddenly two hitmen make an attempt on his life. Octavio is hit and presumably killed but Tony manages to escape, wounded, and suspects that Frank was responsible for the hit. Tony instructs one of his men to call Frank at exactly 3am with a message implying that Frank was responsible for the hit. Tony and Manny then find Frank in the middle of a meeting with Bernstein. At 3am, Frank receives the call, and instead of expressing confusion as he should if he were innocent, he attempts to mislead Tony about the content of the call, thus confirming Tony's suspicions. Tony orders Manny to kill him, and personally kills Bernstein. Afterwards, Tony finds Elvira, telling her to come with him. Stepping out onto Elvira's balcony, Tony looks into the sky and sees a blimp with the words "The World is Yours".

As time proceeds, Tony marries Elvira, takes over Frank's empire and becomes wealthy. He makes Manny his second-in-command. However, cracks in Tony's "perfect life" begin to form as both he and Elvira become heavily addicted to cocaine. He becomes paranoid and mistrustful of those around him, and greedy and stingy with his wealth. Manny and Gina begin dating behind Tony's back.

Tony is arrested for money laundering (1.3 million dollars) and tax evasion by Mel Seidenbaum, a local money launderer who turns out to be an undercover police officer. Tony's lawyer tells him that although he can plea-bargain away most of the prison time, Tony will still end up doing at least three years.

Sosa calls Tony down to Bolivia and asks him for help assassinating a Bolivian anti-government activist who is exposing Sosa's dealings with Bolivian leaders on television. In return, Sosa's contacts will ensure that there will be no prison time for Tony. Tony is reluctant, but agrees to the deal.

Soon, Elvira becomes tired of the dealer lifestyle, and leaves Tony after a fight at a restaurant. Afterwards, a drugged and drunken Tony starts yelling at the patrons. He argues that the society needs "bad guys" like him to point the finger at and tell themselves he is the bad guy while ignoring their own sins and deeds. After his tirade, Tony storms out of the restaurant.

Alberto, Alejandro's best henchman, plants a bomb under the activist's car, planning to detonate it before he drives to the United Nations building to give a speech. The plan goes amiss as the activist's wife and children unexpectedly get in the car as well. Tony calls off the operation, but Alberto ignores him, and as he is about to set the bomb off, Tony shoots him in the head.

Tony returns to Florida to find his mother upset over Gina's new, "corrupted" life; while a furious Sosa phones Tony, threatening him. Tony goes to find Gina, and sees her and Manny together in night robes. He shoots and kills Manny in a fit of anger before Gina can reveal that the couple have just been married. Tony and his men take a distraught Gina back to his mansion. Meanwhile, a group of hitmen surrounds the place. As Tony sits in his office snorting a huge pile of cocaine, the gunmen penetrate the defenses.

Gina enters Tony's office wielding a gun, accusing Tony of being jealous of the men in her life, before shooting and wounding Tony in the leg. One of the hitmen enters the office through the window and kills Gina, and is in turn killed by Tony. Sosa's gunmen launch an all-out assault on Tony's mansion. In a cocaine-fueled rage, Tony bursts from his office holding a M-16 with a M-203 40mm grenade launcher attachment, and begins shooting wildly at the attacking henchmen, killing dozens of them despite being seriously wounded, before Sosa's security chief finishes him off with a shotgun from the back. Tony falls from the balcony into a small pool in the lobby below, beneath a statue carrying the inscription "The World Is Yours".


Al Pacino as Tony Montana
Steven Bauer as Manny Ribera (Credits list as "Manny Ray")
Michelle Pfeiffer as Elvira Hancock
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Gina Montana
Robert Loggia as Frank Lopez
F. Murray Abraham as Omar Suárez
Harris Yulin as Mel Bernstein
Paul Shenar as Alejandro Sosa
Ángel Salazar as Chi Chi
Pepe Serna as Angel Fernandez
Míriam Colón as Georgina "Mama" Montana
Al Israel as Hector "The Toad"

Scarface held its premiere on December 1, 1983 in New York City where it was initially greeted with mixed reaction. Among those in attendance were the film's two stars, Al Pacino and Steven Bauer, as well as Burt and Diane Lane, Melanie Griffith, Raquel Welch, Joan Collins; her then-boyfriend Peter Holm, Cher, Lucille Ball and her family, and Eddie Murphy among others.[2] At the middle of the film, director Martin Scorsese turned behind to Steven Bauer and told him, "You guys are great – but be prepared, because they're going to hate it in Hollywood... because it's about them".[3]

Box office
Scarface was released on December 9, 1983 in 996 theaters, grossing USD $4.6 million in its opening weekend despite drawing controversy regarding the violence and graphic language in the film and received mixed reviews from film critics. The film went on to make $45.4 million in North America and $20.5 million in the rest of the world for a worldwide total of $65.9 million. Today (2009), if that gross were adjusted for inflation, it would be approximately $141 million.[1]

Roger Ebert rated it four stars out of four in his 1983 review and wrote, "DePalma and his writer, Oliver Stone, have created a gallery of specific individuals, and one of the fascinations of the movie is that we aren't watching crime-movie clichés, we're watching people who are criminals".[4] He later added it to his "Great Movies" list.[5] Vincent Canby also praised the film in his review for the New York Times: "Yet the dominant mood of the film is anything but funny. It is bleak and futile: What goes up must always come down. When it comes down in Scarface, the crash is as terrifying as it is vivid and arresting".[6]

In his review for Newsweek, David Ansen wrote, "If Scarface makes you shudder, it's from what you think you see and from the accumulated tension of this feral landscape. It's a grand, shallow, decadent entertainment, which like all good Hollywood gangster movies delivers the punch and counterpunch of glamour and disgust".[7] Jay Scott, in his review for the Globe and Mail, writes, "For a while, Al Pacino is hypnotic as Montana. But the effort expended on the flawless Cuban accent and the attempts to flesh out a character cut from inch-thick cardboard are hopeless".[8] In his review for the Washington Post, Gary Arnold wrote, "A movie that appeared intent on revealing an alarmingly contemporary criminal subculture gradually reverts to underworld cliche, covering its derivative tracks with outrageous decor and an apocalyptic, production number finale, ingeniously choreographed to leave the antihero floating face down in a literal bloodbath".[9]

Pacino earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama. However, DePalma was nominated for, but did not win, a Razzie Award for Worst Director.

In June 2008, the American Film Institute revealed its "Ten Top Ten"—the best ten films in ten "classic" American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. Scarface was acknowledged as the tenth best in the gangster film genre.[10] Also the "Say hello to my little friend!" line took 61st place as the most famous quote on the list AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes. Entertainment Weekly ranked the film #8 on their list of "The Top 50 Cult Films".[11]
ERASERHEAD18       A memorable quotes 9-13-2009 07:49 AM
Tony Montana: What you lookin' at? You all a bunch of fuckin' assholes. You know why? You don't have the guts to be what you wanna be? You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your fuckin' fingers and say, "That's the bad guy." So... what that make you? Good? You're not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie. Me, I don't have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. So say good night to the bad guy! Come on. The last time you gonna see a bad guy like this again, let me tell you. Come on. Make way for the bad guy. There's a bad guy comin' through! Better get outta his way!
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