“Don’t get high on your own supply”
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Directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone, Scarface stars Al Pacino as the nefarious, titular character, otherwise known as Tony Montana. He's a Cuban refugee who gets mixed up with a Miami drug cartel and becomes the cocaine boom kingpin much to his mother’s chagrin. All of the gaudy, late 70’s/early 80’s druggy excess is on display here, in masterful hands. Al Pacino puts in the role of a lifetime, complemented by Michelle Pfeiffer’s Elvira, his trophy wife. Curiously, Scarface received mixed reviews on its initial release, with critics and audiences not used to the violence and language that’s so commonplace today. Of course, it’s now considered one of the classic mob movies. Duh.
You know how we’re all mostly anti-remake? This one’s actually a remake of a 1932 film by Howard Hawks, to whom this version is dedicated. The first three cuts of the film were given X ratings in the USA before being switched to an eventual R, with De Palma taking advantage of so many different edits floating around that he managed to release his own unapproved ‘R’ director’s cut without them knowing.