Sunday, March 21, 2010

#76 Scarface: Say goodnight to the bad guy.

1983. dir. Brian DePalma, starring Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia.

Seen it before? No.

It's the story of Cuban immigrant Tony Montana (Al Pacino), who arrives in Miami in 1980 and gets sent to a refugee camp. Tony engineers a violent rise to the top of the drug trade, but risks it all by alienating himself from everyone he meets. Also he does way too much cocaine and I think this interferes with his judgement. I would say this movie is the tipping point between restrained intense Godfather Al Pacino and over-the-top woo-ha Scent Of A Woman Al Pacino. Nevertheless this is a hell of a performance. Quite entertaining.

Supporting cast includes Robert Loggia as a crime boss, Steven Bauer (the only actual Cuban in the movie) as Tony's partner in crime, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Tony's love interest ("Her womb is so polluted!"). This is one of those movies where almost everyone gets killed in a violent bloodbath (oh, umm, spoiler) so don't see it if you're squeamish about that sort of thing. Otherwise, you should, because it is the greatest movie ever made.

Oh yeah, they wanted to re-release this in 2003 with all the cheesy 80's synthesizer music replaced by gangsta rap "inspired" by this movie. Apparently rappers all love Scarface. Fortunately the idea was nixed.

Position on the list: 161
Useful quote for when you play Mario Kart: SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND! Blue shell, bitch.

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