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#732. Scarface

  • Year: 1983
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English/Spanish
  • Production: Universal, 170m
  • Director: Brian De Palma
  • Producer: Martin Bregman
  • Screenplay: Oliver Stone, from 1932 screenplay by Howard Hawks
  • Photography: John A. Alonzo
  • Music: Giorgio Moroder
  • Cast: Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, F. Murray Abraham, Harris Yulin

Abridged Book Description

Brian De Palma's updated remake of Howard Hawks' 1932 gangster classic Scarface is bloody, excessive, outrageous, and brilliantly crafted - and it sports a unforgettably histrionic performance from Al Pacino. When it first appeared, the film seemed like a striking departure for De Palma, away from Hitchcockian games with voyeurs, rear windows, and doppelgangers. Seen today, Scarface is quintessential De Palma, a treatise on the fragile conditions of male selfhood and power politics.