Posts tagged Scarface.
1. The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
2. The Godfather (1972)
3. Serpico (1973)
4. Scarface (1983)
5. Donnie Brasco (1997)
Most people know the 80s version with Al Pacino, which is mainly great because of Pacino and of how he performed the character Tony Montana. But the 30s version has it all. The looks (plays in the 20s), the language, the music and Paul Muni as Tony Camonte. It’s an almost perfect mob film. No, actually it’s perfect!
The actual gangster that the film is based on is Al Capone.
Big Louis Costillo, last of the old-style gang leaders is slain, and his former bodyguard Tony Camonte is taken into custody. Since Costillo’s body has never been found, the police have to release him, though they strongly suspect Johnny Lovo paid Tony to remove Big Louis. Tony begins taking over the rackets in town with violent enforcement, and he becomes a threat to Johnny and the other bosses unless they work for Tony. Meanwhile, Tony’s sister wants to be more independent, but finds it difficult to escape from her brother’s overprotective grasp. The dissatisfaction of the other bosses and the relentless pursuit of the police push Tony towards a major confrontation.
Toni Montana. Pacinos iconic role here made the way for a lot of other good/bad mafia related movies. But this ones really good. I like the dialouges, thanks to writer Oliver Stone. And even though Toni is the “bad guy” you kinda like him.
Remake of the 1932 film, which follows the rise of Tony Montana, a Cuban emigre who, with his friend Manny Ray, builds a strong criminal empire in early 1980’s Miami.
In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug empire while succumbing to greed. (Cartel not Mafia)