Scarface (1983) IMDb

Categorization

Distinctly 80’s gangster epic and remake.

Subject

A Cuban criminal is exiled to the United States, where we follow the rise and fall of his organized crime syndicate.

Commentary

Some plot holes (the chainsaw is just stupid), some early pacing problems, some really ugly hair. The wife stays a redundant cliché right up to her final performance in the restaurant, when she adds something. Tony Montana’s devolution from arrogant schemer to unbearable reptile is very well done, and the history of reception in the (American) hip-hop community is intriguing.

fiction moving picture