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Encyclopedia > Scarface (1983 film)
Scarface

Original theatrical release poster
Directed by Brian De Palma
Produced by Martin Bregman
Written by Oliver Stone
Ben Hecht
Howard Hawks
Starring Al Pacino
Steven Bauer
Michelle Pfeiffer
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Robert Loggia
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Cinematography John A. Alonzo
Editing by Jerry Greenberg
David Ray
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) December 9, 1983
September 9, 2003 (re-release)
Running time 170 min.
Country United States
Language English
Spanish
Budget $25 million
Gross revenue Domestic
$45,598,982
Worldwide
$65,884,703
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

Scarface is a 1983 film directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone and starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana. A loose remake of the 1932 Howard Hawks gangster film of the same title, it tells the story of a fictional Cuban refugee, who comes to Florida in 1980 as a result of the Mariel Boatlift. Scarface can refer to: people Al Capone, an American gangster whose nickname was Scarface. Scarface (rapper), a rapper who is a member of the Geto Boys. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Brian De Palma (born Brian Russell DePalma on September 11, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey) is a controversial American film director, best known for directing the Al Pacino classic Scarface, and the Academy Award-winning The Untouchables. ... William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946), known as Oliver Stone, is a three-time Academy Award winning film director and screenwriter. ... Ben Hecht (February 28, 1894 – April 18, 1964) was a prolific Hollywood screenwriter, even though he professed disdain for the motion picture industry. ... Howard Winchester Hawks (May 30, 1896 – December 26, 1977) was an American film director, producer and writer of the classic Hollywood era. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... Steven Bauer (born Esteban Echevarria on December 2, 1956 in Havana,Cuba is a Golden Globe nominated Cuban-American actor. ... -1... Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (born November 17, 1958 in Lombard, Illinois) is an American actress and singer of Italian descent. ... Robert Loggia (born January 3, 1930) is an American Academy Award and Emmy Award nominated film and television actor who specializes in character parts. ... 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Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... Antonio Tony Montana is a fictional character in the Brian DePalma film Scarface and the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours, portrayed by Al Pacino. ... In film, a remake is a newer version of a previously released film or a newer version of the source (play, novel, story, etc. ... Howard Winchester Hawks (May 30, 1896 – December 26, 1977) was an American film director, producer and writer of the classic Hollywood era. ... Scarface (also known as Scarface, the Shame of the Nation and The Shame of a Nation) is a 1932 gangster film of the Pre-Code era which tells the story of gang warfare and police intervention when rival gangs fight over control of a city. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... 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Montana becomes a gangster against the backdrop of the 1980s cocaine boom. The film chronicles his rise to the top of Miami's criminal underworld and subsequent downfall in Greek tragedy fashion. The film is dedicated to Howard Hawks and Ben Hecht, who were the writers of the original Scarface. For other uses, see Gangster (disambiguation). ... The 1980s was the decade spanning from 1980 to 1989, also called The Eighties. The decade saw social, economic and general upheaval as wealth, production and western culture migrated to new industrializing economies. ... For other uses, see Cocaine (disambiguation). ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... Tragedy is one of the oldest forms of drama. ... Howard Winchester Hawks (May 30, 1896 – December 26, 1977) was an American film director, producer and writer of the classic Hollywood era. ... Ben Hecht (February 28, 1894 – April 18, 1964) was a prolific Hollywood screenwriter, even though he professed disdain for the motion picture industry. ...


The critical response to the film was mixed and received criticism for the violence and graphic language. Despite this, the film did well at the box office and has since gathered a cult following. Scarface has become an important cultural icon for many rap artists and fans, inspiring posters, clothing, and many other references. The film's grainy black and white poster is a very popular decoration and is still in production.

Contents

Plot

The film begins with a description of how, in 1980, Cuban president Fidel Castro let the gates open on Mariel Harbor in Cuba allowing thousands of Cubans to immigrate to Florida on boatlifts. However, some of these immigrants were criminals or ex-convicts. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (born on August 13, 1926) is the current President of Cuba but on indefinite medical hiatus. ...


Enter Tony Montana (Al Pacino), one of the thousands of Cubans that immigrated to Miami, Florida. He and his best friend Manny Ribera (Steven Bauer) are met with resistance, particularly because of their criminal records, and are placed in limbo (so to speak) in Freedomtown, a place where Cuban refugees without Green Cards are kept. Manny makes Tony aware of a deal where they can leave Freedomtown and receive their Green Cards. But, they have to kill Cuban Communist Emilio Rebenga in order to obtain it. Tony does this without much thought, and they receive their residency. Tony and Manny begin working in a small Cuban food stand to make money, but Tony soon grows restless. They both make a deal with drug dealer Omar Suarez (F. Murray Abraham) (the same man who made the "Rebenga deal") to get paid for getting narcotics from Colombian dealer "Hector the Toad". Tony dislikes Omar's attitude, but obliges. Antonio Tony Montana is a fictional character in the Brian DePalma film Scarface and the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours, portrayed by Al Pacino. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... Steven Bauer (born Esteban Echevarria on December 2, 1956 in Havana,Cuba is a Golden Globe nominated Cuban-American actor. ... A United States Permanent Resident Card (green card) A United States Permanent Resident Card, also green card, is an identification card attesting the permanent resident status of an alien in the United States of America. ... Fahrid Murray Abraham[1] (born October 24, 1939) is an American actor. ...


Although the deal with Hector soon turns bad, Tony and Manny both escape alive and with the cocaine. Instead of allowing Omar to take the cocaine to his boss Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia), Tony takes it to Frank personally, already untrusting of Omar. Tony manages to win Frank over with his sense of humor and bold attitude, and he ends up getting a job under Frank in his drug dealing business (along with Manny). Meanwhile, Tony takes an interest in Frank's girlfriend, Elvira Hancock (Michelle Pfeiffer). While Tony flirts with Elvira, she doesn't show any interest in him (or anyone else for that matter). For other uses, see Cocaine (disambiguation). ... Robert Loggia (born January 3, 1930) is an American Academy Award and Emmy Award nominated film and television actor who specializes in character parts. ... -1...


Tony pays a visit to his estranged family's home. It is implied that Tony's father walked out on the family years ago, but his mother (Miriam Colon) and his younger sister Gina (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) are home. Gina is excited to see Tony (who hasn't seen the family in 5 years), while his mother isn't too thrilled. When he offers his mother $1,000 (claiming he's "made it"), his mother declines the offer. She believes he's still up to no good, and wants him to leave because she doesn't want him rubbing off on Gina. Tony leaves, but Gina runs after him. He slips her the $1,000 secretly, and tells her to spend it on whatever she wants and to give his mother a little from time to time. It is clear he cares for his sister greatly, but later on in the film gives proof that he is very overprotective of her. Miriam Colon (born August 20, 1936 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican actress and the founder and director of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York City. ... Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (born November 17, 1958 in Lombard, Illinois) is an American actress and singer of Italian descent. ...


While in Bolivia, Tony and Omar begin discussing business plans with Alejandro Sosa (Paul Shenar) on the behalf of Frank who couldn't make it down. Tony begins making major decisions about distribution of the drugs (decisions that Omar believes Frank should be approving). Omar and Tony begin arguing over the matter, while Alejandro offers Omar a quick helicopter ride back home. However, Alejandro makes one of his henchmen hang and kill Omar, who was allegedly an informant for the police. Alejandro believes Tony, however, is trustworthy and makes him one of his business partners. When returning to Florida, Tony comes under heat by Frank, who is angry at what had occurred in South America. Tony and Frank end their business relationship, while Tony begins making bolder passes at Elvira, one of them right in front of Frank. At a nightclub, Tony is nearly shot and killed by two henchmen. Tony is convinced Frank is responsible for the hit, and he and Manny hunt Frank down and kill him once he admits to it. Paul Shenar (born 12 February 1936 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States; died from AIDS 11 October 1989 in West Hollywood, California, United States) was an actor. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ...


Afterwards, all seems to be going well for Tony. He marries Elvira, takes over Frank's empire and becomes very wealthy. However, cracks in Tony's "perfect life" begin to form. Both he and Elvira become addicted to cocaine. He becomes more paranoid and untrusting of those around him, and she becomes more bored and distant. Manny and Gina begin dating behind Tony's back, afraid of what his reaction would be if he found out. Tony is arrested for tax evasion, and faces up to three years in prison. Soon, Elvira becomes tired of the lifestyle, and leaves Tony after a fight at a restaurant.


During a trip to New York, Alejandro hires Tony to help put a hit out on a Congressman (who went on a television talk show and mentioned Alejandro, his henchmen, and their drug dealing). Tony orders one of the henchmen not to set off the bomb underneath the Congressman's car once he finds out his wife and children are in the car as well. When the henchmen doesn't listen, Tony grows angry and shoots him dead. He returns to Florida to find his mother upset over Gina's new attitude (whom she believes Tony corrupted) and Alejandro threatening to kill Tony for not going through with the plan. Tony goes to find Gina at an unknown mansion, and sees her and Manny together in nightrobes. Realizing Manny has slept with his sister, he shoots Manny dead in a cocaine-fueled rage (which he later regrets), and highly upsets Gina (who reveals they eloped and were going to surprise Tony). Tony and his underlings take Gina back to his mansion. Meanwhile, Alejandro Sosa's numerous henchmen are surrounding his mansion, with plans to kill him, when he is arguing with his sister, who is shooting at him with a pistol. They take out everyone else in the mansion one by one, until Tony is left to fight them off. He emerges from his room with an M-16 rifle, and begins shooting wildly at the men, and manages to kill some and stay alive. He believes he is victorious, until an assassin known as the Skull slowly walks up behind Tony and shoots him in the back with a shotgun. Tony plunges off the second floor, over the balcony, and into the small pool in his living room. He lies dead as a statue ironically stands above him reading "The World Is Yours". This article is about the state. ... A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ...


Cast

Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... Antonio Tony Montana is a fictional character in the Brian DePalma film Scarface and the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours, portrayed by Al Pacino. ... Steven Bauer (born Esteban Echevarria on December 2, 1956 in Havana,Cuba is a Golden Globe nominated Cuban-American actor. ... -1... Robert Loggia (born January 3, 1930) is an American Academy Award and Emmy Award nominated film and television actor who specializes in character parts. ... Paul Shenar (born 12 February 1936 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States; died from AIDS 11 October 1989 in West Hollywood, California, United States) was an actor. ... Ángel Salazar is a Cuban-American comedian and actor. ... Pepe Serna (born July 23, 1944- ) is an American film actor and artist. ... Fahrid Murray Abraham[1] (born October 24, 1939) is an American actor. ... Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (born November 17, 1958 in Lombard, Illinois) is an American actress and singer of Italian descent. ... Miriam Colon (born August 20, 1936 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican actress and the founder and director of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York City. ... As Quentin Travers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Dennis Franz (born October 28, 1944) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor known for his role as Andy Sipowicz, a gritty police detective in the television series NYPD Blue. ... Charles Durning Charles Durning (born February 28, 1923 in Highland Falls, New York) is an American actor of stage and screen, born to an impoverished Irish American Catholic family, which he left as soon as possible to ease the financial pressure on his mother. ... Brett Ratner (born March 28, 1969) is an American film director and music-video director. ...

Production

Al Pacino as Tony Montana
Al Pacino as Tony Montana

Scarface was directed by Brian De Palma, produced by Martin Bregman, and written by now famed director Oliver Stone. Stone consulted the Miami police and the Drug Enforcement Agency while writing the film, incorporating many true crimes into the film, including using crime scene photos to inspire the infamous chainsaw scene. Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... Brian De Palma (born Brian Russell DePalma on September 11, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey) is a controversial American film director, best known for directing the Al Pacino classic Scarface, and the Academy Award-winning The Untouchables. ... William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946), known as Oliver Stone, is a three-time Academy Award winning film director and screenwriter. ... Since 1973, the DEA has enforced the drug laws in the United States. ...


Scarface with Al Pacino was originally to be filmed in Florida but received criticism from the Cuban community who objected to various aspects of the film. Community representatives were opposed to the depiction of Cubans as drug dealers and demanded that the script be changed to incorporate anti-Fidel Castro rhetoric (most notably, changing Tony Montana into a spy working for Fidel Castro and the introduction of anti-Castro political organizations into the plot as foils for Montana) into the film. After protracted negotiations the producers ultimately refused to give in, saying the film was about cocaine and not the politics of Castro's Cuba. In order to ensure the safety of the crew and to avoid confrontations - with the exception being obvious exterior shots - the movie was filmed in and around Los Angeles. Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ...


When the film was submitted to the MPAA it was rated X for violent scenes and graphic language, with the shooting of the clown performer and the chainsaw torture sequence the primary objects of concern. De Palma cut the film twice but it still received an X rating. After the film was rejected for the third time DePalma with the help from a panel of experts including real narcotics officers told the MPAA the violence was an accurate portrayal of real life drug dealers and the film should be released with the violence intact to show viewers how violent the drug business was. With a third vote of 18 to 2 in favor of an 'R', the MPAA agreed. But De Palma, who felt the differences between the two 'clean' cuts he put together were insignificant, arranged to have the uncut version released to theaters with an R rating instead. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ... X-rated, X certificate, X classification or similar terms are labels for movies implying strong adult content, typically pornography or violence. ... The term narcotic, derived from the Greek word for stupor, originally referred to a variety of substances that induced sleep (such state is narcosis). ...


Reception

Scarface held its premiere on December 1st, 1983 in New York City where it was initially greeted with mixed reaction. Among those in attendance were the film's two stars, Al Pacino and Steven Bauer, as well as Burt and Diane Lane, Melanie Griffith, Raquel Welch, Joan Collins; her then-boyfriend Peter Holm and Eddie Murphy among others [1]. According to AMC's "DVD TV: Much More Movie" airing: Cher loved it, Lucille Ball, who came with her family, hated it because of the graphic violence and language, and Dustin Hoffman was said to have fallen asleep. Writers Kurt Vonnegut and John Irving were among those who allegedly walked out in disgust after the notorious "chainsaw" scene. At the middle of the film, Martin Scorsese turned behind to Steven Bauer and told him "You guys are great - but be prepared, because they're going to hate it in Hollywood. . . because it's about them" [2]. Scarface, upon its first release, drew controversy regarding the violence and graphic language in the film, and received many negative reviews from movie critics. Despite this, the film grossed $65 million worldwide. Today, if that gross were adjusted for inflation, it would probably be around $180 million.[3] and has since gathered a large following. On the 2-Disc Special Edition, the film's producer, Martin Bregman said that the film was well received by only one notable critic, Vincent Canby of The New York Times. However, Roger Ebert rated it four stars out of four in his 1983 review and he later added it to his "great movies" list.[4] IMDb cites that the word "fuck" is used 226 times in the film. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Diane Lane (born January 22, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Melanie Griffith (born August 9, 1957, in New York City) is an Academy Award-nominated American film actress. ... Jo Raquel Tejada (born September 5, 1940), best known by her stage name Raquel Welch, is an American actress who reached fame during the 1960s. ... Joan Henrietta Collins OBE (born 23 May 1933) is a Golden Globe Award winning British actress and bestselling author. ... Peter Holm (born June 13, 1947) is a former pop singer and Swedish playboy who was married to actress Joan Collins between 1985-1986. ... For other uses, see Eddie Murphy (disambiguation). ... AMC is a cable television network that primarily airs movies. ... This article is about the entertainer. ... Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American comedienne, film, television, stage and radio actress, glamour girl and star of the landmark sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show and Heres Lucy. ... Dustin Lee Hoffman (born August 8, 1937) is a two-time Academy Award-winning, BAFTA-winning, and five-time Golden Globe-winning American method actor. ... Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. ... John Winslow Irving (born March 2, 1942 as John Wallace Blunt, Jr. ... Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (b. ... Vincent Canby (July 27, 1924 – September 15, 2000) was an American film critic. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Criticism

The film received criticism from the Cuban community who objected to various aspects of the film. In order to avoid confrontations most of the film was shot in and around Los Angeles. When director Brian De Palma submitted the film to the MPAA they gave it an "X rating". He then made some cuts and resubmitted it a second time; again the film was given an "X rating" (one of the reasons apparently being that Octavio the clown was shot too many times). He yet again made some further cuts and submitted it a third time; yet again it was given an "X". De Palma refused to cut the film any further to qualify it for an R. He and producer Martin Bregman arranged a hearing with the MPAA. They brought in a panel of experts, including real narcotics officers, who stated that the film was an accurate portrayal of real life in the drug underworld and should be widely seen. This convinced the 20 members of the ratings board to give the third submitted cut of the film an "R rating" by a vote of 18-2. However De Palma surmised that if the third cut of the film was judged an "R" than the very first cut should have been an "R" as well. He asked the studio if he could release the first cut but was told that he couldn't. However since the Studio execs really didn't know the differences between the different cuts that had been submitted, De Palma released the first cut of the film to theaters anyway. It wasn't until the film had been released on videocassette months later that he confessed that he had released his first unedited and intended version of the film. Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Brian De Palma (born Brian Russell DePalma on September 11, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey) is a controversial American film director, best known for directing the Al Pacino classic Scarface, and the Academy Award-winning The Untouchables. ... The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ... X-rated, X certificate, X classification or similar terms are labels for movies implying strong adult content, typically pornography or violence. ... X-rated, X certificate, X classification or similar terms are labels for movies implying strong adult content, typically pornography or violence. ... The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Alternate versions

  • A short version of the film was uploaded onto the internet in 2006. It lasts for a minute and a half and is composed entirely of all 218 uses of the word "fuck" (and its variations).
  • ABC edited 32 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere.
  • Network TV version deletes or edits all violent scenes for censorship reasons and adds some extra footage:
    • The introduction text about Cubans fleeing from Mariel is slightly different from the text shown in the theatrical version (a disclaimer stating that the events are fictious has been added).
    • Extended Freedom Town section: Tony in a phone booth trying to call his sister Gina; Angel looking in a phone book for his brother Pablo; extended conversation between Tony and Manny about getting out of Freedom Town; Tony and Manny watching television.
    • Tony's first visit to his mother's house is longer. Tony opens a bottle of champagne and makes a toast to America.
    • Before Tony's first visit to Sosa, the onscreen text has been changed from "Cochabamba, Bolivia" to "South America".
    • During that visit Tony is introduced to Sosa's girlfriend Gabriela.
    • Tony's first meeting with his lawyer George.
    • When Alberto is planting the bomb under the car in N.Y., Tony sees cops nearby and distracts them by pretending to be looking for his missing dog.
  • The BBFC requested cuts of 25 sec. to give the film a 18 certification. These cuts were waived in 2000.
  • The overseas DVD special edition contained the following deleted scenes:
    • Extended Freedom Town section: Tony in a phone booth trying to call his sister Gina; Angel looking in a phone book for his brother Pablo; extended conversation between Tony and Manny about getting out of Freedom Town; Tony and Manny watching television.
    • Tony, Manny, and two others driving, checking out the girls in Miami.
    • During the visit to South America, Tony discusses a drug deal with some people. Also, Tony is introduced to Sosa's girlfriend Gabriela.
    • Tony discusses a drug deal with some people in a restaurant.
    • Tony's first meeting with his lawyer George.
    • When Alberto is planting the bomb under the car in N.Y., Tony sees cops nearby and distracts them by pretending to be looking for his missing dog.
  • The Platinum Edition released in 2006 has the DD 5.1 and DTS 5.1 with the new sound effects that were previously available only on the 2003 theatrical re-release of the movie.
  • Curiously, only the widescreen video and DVD releases are uncut in the UK. This contains the previously deleted portion of the chainsaw murder, with the line: "And now the leg...!"
  • Much of the chainsaw murder and the shootout at the end of the movie was cut in Norway before it's cinema release, later videoversions for sale are uncut.

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Releases

VHS

Scarface was initially released by MCA Home Video on VHS and Beta in the summer of 1984; a two-tape set in 1.33:1 Pan and scan ratio and quickly became a bestseller, preluding its cult status [5]. A 2.35:1 Widescreen VHS would follow years later in 1998 to coincide with the special edition DVD release. The last and most recent VHS release was in 2003 to counterpart the 20th anniversary edition DVD. Universal Studios Home Entertainment (formerly Universal Studios Home Video or MCA/Universal Home Video) is a home video company founded in 1979. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... Sonys Betamax is the 12. ... A 2. ... The Wikipedia main page as viewed with a widescreen monitor. ... The term special edition implies a kind of an extraordinary, rare quality. ...


DVD

Scarface has been released on DVD four times in the United States as of 2007.


The first was released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment on the film's 15th anniversary in 1998 under the studio's "Collector's Edition" line. The DVD featured a non-anamorphic widescreen transfer, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, a "Making of" documentary, outtakes, production notes and cast & crew bios. This release was not successful, and many fans and reviewers complained about its unwatchable video transfer and muddled sound, describing it as "one of the worst big studio releases out there" [6]. Universal Studios Home Entertainment (formerly Universal Studios Home Video or MCA/Universal Home Video) is a home video company founded in 1979. ... Dolby Digital is the marketing name for a series of lossy audio compression technologies by Dolby Laboratories. ...


This DVD quietly went out of print and, in 2003, Universal released a remastered two disc "Anniversary Edition" to coincide with the film's 20th anniversary re-release, featuring two documentaries; one re-edited from the last release to include new interviews with Steven Bauer (Manny Ray) and another produced by Def Jam Recordings featuring interviews with various rappers on the film's cult success in the hip-hop world and other extras ported over from the previous DVD. New to this edition was a 2.35:1 Anamorphic widescreen transfer and 5.1 surround sound in both Dolby Digital and DTS. Def Jam Recordings, commonly referred to as Def Jam Records or just Def Jam is an United States based hip-hop record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group. ... For the film format, see anamorphic format. ... In cinemas, DTS (Digital Theater Systems) is a multichannel audio source for synchronized film sound. ...


Curiously, the limited theatrical re-release also boasted a remastered soundtrack with enhanced sound effects and music, but the DVD's 5.1 tracks were mixed from the film's original audio, resulting in noticeably limited frequency and surround effects. A limited-edition box set was also produced featuring a gold money clip, production stills, lobby cards and a DVD of the original Scarface. In 2005, Universal released single disc movie-only version of the Anniversary Edition, with deleted scenes as the sole bonus feature. Scarface (also known as Scarface, the Shame of the Nation and The Shame of a Nation) is a 1932 gangster film of the Pre-Code era which tells the story of gang warfare and police intervention when rival gangs fight over control of a city. ... Deleted scene is a commonly-used term in the entertainment industry, especially the film and television industry, which usually refers specifically to scenes removed from or replaced by another scene in the final cut, or version, of a film (including television serials). ...


In the fall of 2006, Universal released Scarface in a two disc "Platinum Edition", featuring the remastered audio from the theatrical re-release in Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround. Most of the extras (with the exception of the Def Jam documentary, production notes and cast & crew bios) from the Anniversary Edition were also included along with two new featurettes regarding the new video game and the criminal and cultural world of Miami in the 1980s. Also new to this edition was a "scoreboard", which counted number of bullets fired and uses of the word "fuck" throughout the film.


Inspired by the film

Music

Main article: Scarface (soundtrack)

The music in Scarface was produced by Academy Award winning Italian record producer Giorgio Moroder. Like Moroder's style, the soundtrack consists mostly of synthesized new wave, electronic music. The official song of the video game is B-Real feat. Mellow Man Ace, both Cypress Hill - The world is yours. Scarface is the soundtrack to the 1983 film of the same name, Scarface. ... Giorgio Moroder (born Giovanni Giorgio Moroder on April 26, 1940 in Ortisei, Italy) is an Academy Award-winning Italian record producer, songwriter and performer, whose groundbreaking work with synthesizers during the 1970s was a significant influence on new wave, techno and electronic music in general. ... Synth redirects here. ... New Wave was a music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the early-to-mid 1980s. ... For other uses, see Electronic music (disambiguation). ... Louis Freese (born June 2, 1970), known by stage name B-Real, is a Latin rapper of Mexican and Afro-Cuban heritage[1]. He is best known for being the lead rapper in hip hop group Cypress Hill, who debuted with their self-titled album Cypress Hill in 1991. ... Ulpiano Sergio Reyes (born April 12, 1967) is an Afro-Cuban rapper known as Mellow Man Ace. ... Cypress Hill is a mostly-Latin American hip hop group from South Gate, California, who are quite possibly most known for their song Insane in the Brain. Their consistent advocacy around the legalization of cannabis consumption has contributed to their popularity. ...


Video games

Main article: Scarface: The World Is Yours
Scarface: The World is Yours, a video game based on the movie Scarface was released on different platforms in 2006 and 2007.
Scarface: The World is Yours, a video game based on the movie Scarface was released on different platforms in 2006 and 2007.

A licensed video game, Scarface: The World Is Yours, was released in September and October 2006 as well as an update in June 2007, developed by Radical Entertainment and published by Vivendi Universal Games. The game is a pseudo-sequel, and goes on the premise that Tony actually survived the raid on his mansion at the end of the film. Wii, PS2, Xbox, and PC versions have been released. Computer and video games redirects here. ... Notable events of 2006 in video gaming. ... (NOTE: Some release dates listed are not global release dates. ... Radical Entertainment is a video game developer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Vivendi Universal (VU) is a French company active in media and communications with activities in music, television and film, publishing, telecommunications and the Internet. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is the fifth home video game console released by Nintendo. ... PS2 can mean: PlayStation 2 (Sony PS2), sixth-generation video game console PS/2 (IBM Personal System/2 office PCs, or the interface standard for mice and keyboards that the PS/2 series set) Phantasy Star II, second in the Phantasy Star seiries of video games. ... For the Xboxs successor, see Xbox 360. ...

Main article: Scarface: Money. Power. Respect.

Radical and Vivendi also released a second licensed video game, Scarface: Money, Power, Respect, in October 2006. The game is much like Scarface: The World is Yours, but one main difference is that the second game deals more with the controlling of drugs and managing of the Montana cocaine empire and turf, whereas The World is Yours is mostly focused on getting rid of gangs, gaining respect and overall reconstruction of the empire. To date, only a PSP version of this game has been released. Computer and video games redirects here. ... Notable events of 2006 in video gaming. ... The PlayStation Portable (officially abbreviated PSP)[5] is a handheld game console manufactured and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment. ...


The hit game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City also has some homages Scarface, like an area with the famous bloody bathroom in an empty apartment, along with a chainsaw that can be used as a weapon. Also the Malibu Club is very similar to the Babylon Club. In the beginning of the game, Tommy Vercetti's drug deal gets busted, much like the coke deal that Tony gets double crossed in. There is also a mission in the game where Tommy and his partner Lance Vance kill Tommy's cocaine-dealing boss Ricardo Diaz, much like when Tony and Manny kill Frank. Finally, the last mission of the game ("Keep Your Friends Close...") is a slight spin-off of the final scene in Scarface. In this mission Tommy has to fend off a whole rival gang in his mansion with only a few weapons. The only difference, however, is that Tommy lives through the fight with Ken Rosenberg to start "a new business relationship". Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ... Thomas Tommy Vercetti is a fictional character, voiced by Ray Liotta, in the Grand Theft Auto video game series. ... Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ... A number of recurring characters appear during the various missions or cutscenes in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. ...


Books and comics

Dark Horse Comics' imprint, DH Press, released a novel called Scarface: The Beginning by L. A. Banks. [7] [8] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about imprints in publishing. ... DH Press is Dark Horse Comics imprint that publishes novels. ... Leslie Esdaile Banks (born December 11) is an African American. ...


In 2007, IDW Publishing released a new series called Scarface: Scarred for Life, which picks up where the film ends; as in the video game, it depicts Tony Montana barely surviving the film's climactic shotgun blast and, with the aid of two corrupt DEA agents, recovering to rebuild his empire and seek revenge on Sosa. This series was written by John Layman, with art by Dave Crosland. [9] IDW followed it in July 2007 with a prequel comic mini-series called Devil in Disguise, by Joshua Jabcuga and Alberto Dose, which shows Antonio's pre-boatlift days as a boy learning his way around the Cuban criminal underworld. [10] IDW Publishing (a division of Idea and Design Works) is an American comic book company. ... The DEAs enforcement activities may take agents anywhere from distant countries to suburban U.S. homes. ... John Layman is a comic book and video game writer. ...


Television and film

In 2001, plans were set into motion for hip hop artist Cuban Link to write and star in a sequel to Scarface entitled Son of Tony.[11] The plans for a prospective sequel drew both praise as well as criticism, and after several years Cuban Link had expressed that he may no longer be involved with the project as the result of movie rights issues and creative control.[12] Felix Delgado (born 1974,in Havana, Cuba), known by stage name Cuban Link, is a rapper best known for his former membership in the group Terror Squad, his friendship with Latin rapper Big Pun, and his problems with rapper Fat Joe. ...


USA Network announced in 2003 they would be producing a mini-series based on the movie; however, the series' current status is unknown. USA Network is a popular American cable television network with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ...


Influence on popular culture

  • The album Music Inspired by Scarface was released by Def Jam Recordings in 2003, This compilation album features songs by various hip-hop artists which either draw direct inspiration from the 1983 film Scarface or contain subject matter that can relate to the film.
  • Scarface has been frequently referenced to in other popular works. In particular, the "Say hello to my little friend" line is repeated in various movies, television shows and video games. The line took 61st place as the most famous quote on the list AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes.
  • In the 2007 video game The Simpsons Game on DS, in the level Five Characters in Search of An Authour, Bart Simpson will confront Matt Groening in Scarface's mansion, the globe will be saying The World, Dude.
  • The opening sequence of Scarface was duplicated for the opening of the Beastie Boys concert movie, Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!.
  • Tony's M16 rifle, which he dubbed his "little friend", ranked eighth in a 20th Century Fox film poll regarding the most popular film weapons. The 2008 poll surveyed approximately two thousand film lovers.[13]
  • In the Code Monkeys episode StonerVision, the drug lord Dave & Jerry borrow money from is named Tony Dakota.
  • In the game Predator: Concrete Jungle, The protagonist-like Predator is named Scarface, and near the end of the game a character says "say hello to my little friends" before setting xenomorphs on Scarface.
  • A large part of the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is based around the movie, including the possibility to own a mansion very similar to Tony's in the movie. The final battle scene also resembles the one in Scarface.
  • A Colombian drug lord in the video game Hitman: Codename 47 has striking similarities to Tony Montana. Most particularly the battle scene where the player might confront him from the upper mansion study room - similar to the final scene in the film.
  • In the film Reno 911: Miami, the character Ethan is parody of Tony Montana. He is a Cuban drug lord with a thick accent and in one scene is seen torturing a man with a string trimmer (a parody of the chainsaw scene in Scarface).
  • In Company, the Hindi film based on Indian Underworld, Chandarkant Nagre,(Vivek Oberoi), refuses to kill a politician his boss, Malik (Ajay Devgan) has ordered him to kill because he is not alone as expected but has kids along with him. This disobedience becomes the reason of gang war between the two. The scene is clearly influenced by Scarface.
  • The posters for the successful 2007 film American Gangster borrowed the aesthetic scheme of the famous Scarface movie poster featuring a grainy high-contrast black-and-white image of a man in a white suit.

Music Inspired by Scarface was released in 2003. ... Def Jam Recordings, commonly referred to as Def Jam Records or just Def Jam is an United States based hip-hop record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group. ... Part of the AFI 100 Years. ... The Beastie Boys are a hip hop musical group from New York City consisting of Michael Mike D Diamond, Adam MCA Yauch, Adam Ad-Rock Horovitz. ... Awesome; I Fuckin Shot That! (alternate title: Awesome; I... Shot That!) is a 2006 concert film of the Beastie Boys. ... M16 (more formally United States Rifle, Caliber 5. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... For the phrase on which this programs title is based, see code monkey. ... Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ... 47 disguised. ... Company is a 2002 Hindi film directed by Ram Gopal Varma, starring Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi and Mohanlal. ... Vivek Anand Oberoi or Viveik Oberoi (Hindi:विवेक ओबेरोई),Tamil:விவேக் ஒபெராய்)(born September 3, 1976 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India), is a Bollywood actor. ... Vishal Devgan, born (April 2, 1969 in Delhi, India), popularly known as Ajay Devgan is a National Film Award-winning actor who appears in Bollywood films. ... 2007 has been referred to, by film and media critics, as the year of the threequels, a nickname referring to both the 2004 summer movie season and several film franchises which premiered or had installments released in 2004, which appear again this year: Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, Ocean... For the Jay-Z album inspired by the film, see American Gangster (album), and to see the television series on BET see American Gangster (TV series) American Gangster is a 2007 crime film written by Steve Zaillian and directed by Ridley Scott. ...

References

  1. ^ Wireimage Listings: Scarface Premiere: Dec 1, 1983. Wireimage (December 1, 1983). Retrieved on 2007-07-20.
  2. ^ Scarred for Life. The Palm Beach Post (October 11, 2003). Retrieved on 2007-07-20.
  3. ^ Scarface. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2007-01-02.
  4. ^ Roger Ebert (December 9, 1983). Review of Scarface. Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved on 2007-01-02.
  5. ^ Fonda Still Working Out (best-selling VHS and Beta tapes of the week). The Miami Herald (June 16, 1984). Retrieved on 2007-03-16.
  6. ^ Todd Doogan (September 3, 1998). DVD Review - Scarface: Collector's Edition. The Digital bits. Retrieved on 2007-03-16.
  7. ^ Dark Horse Comics > Profile > Scarface Vol. 1: The Beginning
  8. ^ DH Press Books : Current Titles
  9. ^ IDW Publishing
  10. ^ IDW Publishing
  11. ^ Son of Tony. Ozone Magazine. Retrieved on 2007-01-02.
  12. ^ Cuban Link Starts His Chain Reaction. Latin Rapper. Retrieved on 2007-01-02.
  13. ^ Sophie Borland. "Lightsaber wins the battle of movie weapons", The Daily Telegraph, 2008-01-21. Retrieved on 2008-01-26. 

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