DVD 170 mins IMDB 8.0 (43,094 votes) top 250: #229
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Scarface - Collector's Edition
Universal Studios (1983)
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Crime, Drama
USA  /  English

Al Pacino Tony Montana
Steven Bauer Manny Ray
Michelle Pfeiffer Elvira
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Gina
Robert Loggia Frank Lopez
Miriam Colon Mama Montana
F. Murray Abraham Omar
Paul Shenar Alejandro Sosa
Harris Yulin Mel Bernstein
Ángel Salazar Chi Chi
Angel Salazar Chi Chi
Arnaldo Santana Ernie
Pepe Serna Angel
Michael P. Moran Nick The Pig
Al Israel Hector The Toad
Dennis Holahan Jerry The Banker

Director Brian De Palma
Producer Martin Bregman
Writer Oliver Stone; Armitage Trail; Ben Hecht; Howard Hawks
Cinematography John A. Alonzo
Musician Giorgio Moroder
User Credit 1 Gerald B. Greenberg; David Ray
User Credit 2 Patricia Norris

Al Pacino stars as Tony Montana, an exiled Cuban criminal who goes to work for Miami drug lord Robert Loggia. Montana rises to the top of Florida's crime chain, appropriating Loggia's cokehead mistress (Michelle Pfeiffer) in the process. Howard Hawks' "X Marks the Spot" motif in depicting the story line's many murders is dispensed with in the 1983 Scarface; instead, we are inundated with blood by the bucketful, especially in the now-infamous buzz saw scene. One carry-over from the original Scarface is Tony Montana's incestuous yearnings for his sister Gina (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). The screenplay for the 1983 Scarface was written by Oliver Stone. — Hal Erickson

Edition Details
Barcode 025192017520
Region Region 1
Chapters 52
Release Date 3/31/1998
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 2 He loved the American Dream. With a Vengeance.
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Notes
Trivia: The original idea was to make this film a remake of Scarface (1932), which took place in Chicago, but this proved to be impossible due to budget constraints. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: The position of the binoculars when Montana chats with Sosa in Bolivia. (more)

Quotes:
Immigration Officer #1: Okay, so what do you call yourself? ¿Cómo se llama?
Tony Montana: Antonio Montana. And you, what you call yourself?
Immigration Officer #1: Where'd you learn to speak the English, Tony?
Tony Montana: Uh, in a school. And my father, he was, uh, from the United States. Just like you, ya know? He was a Yankee. Uh, he used to take me a lot to the movies. I learn. I watch the guys like Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney. They, they teach me to talk. I like those guys. I always know one day I'm comin' here, United States.
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Awards: Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 nominations (more)