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.
Why You Should See This Film
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.
Summer in Full Colour: A Gin & Film Festival
There’s something about summer where everything is turned up to eleven: the heat, the music, the colour, the passion. Presented with our friends at Four Pillars Gin, our Summer in Full Colour: A Gin & Film Festival will celebrate life at full volume.
Every Wednesday night in February, we’ll bring you a sizzling program of cult favourites, across the themes of Teen Dreams (Dazed and Confused, Almost Famous), Cool in the Pool (The Graduate, Boogie Nights), Hot in the City (Rear Window, Do the Right Thing) and Miami Nights (Wild Things, Scarface). And of course, every week gets an ice cold Four Pillars cocktail to match.
- Year: 1983
- Rating: R18
- Director: Brian De Palma
- Cast: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer
- Duration: 170 minutes
- Language: English