Hailed as one of the finest gangster movies of all time, Scarface completes 35 years and the movie still packs a punch. The film begins with Tony Montana (Al Pacino) getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official. Soon enough Montana, with his astute mind and daring ways goes on to stake a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Eliminating anyone who comes in his way, Tony eventually turns into the biggest drug lord in the state, and takes control over almost all the cocaine that comes through Miami. As pressure from the cops begins to build up, Tony gets into an imbroglio with Colombian drug cartels. His own shortcomings and an obdurate temperament, fuelled by his drug use and paranoia become the reason of his eventual downfall.
Director Brian De Palma along with an ensemble cast make Scarface an all out winner. Al Pacino plays Tony Montana with seamless ease, the ruggedness of voice, the intensity of persona and that wicked streak all blend together to create the fiery mafia boss. Michelle Pfeiffer delivers a subtle performance as the woman struggling to break free from the shackles of drugs and the underworld. Though she loves Tony she also wants to bring up their child in a world which is sane. Some of the dialogues of the film are still fresh in the minds of people like “Say Hello to my little friend!”
Scarface was released on December 9, 1983 and was a box office success. Though the film’s initial critical reception was not very good. There were many who spoke about the film’s depiction of excessive violence and graphic drug usage. Also, they were a number of Cuban expatriates who objected to the way Cubans were portrayed in the film as drug traffickers and criminals.
As time went by, gradually the film received praise from critics, many of them regarding it as one of the best crime films ever made in the gangster genre. Eminent screenwriters and directors have praised the film which has been used as a reference extensively in pop culture, rap, hip hop music, comic books, TV and video games. Scarface has long since become a cult classic.
Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the iconic classic this June for a limited 3 night event cinema exclusive featuring the film and a star studded panel from the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.
The film will be screened on June 11, 2018 at Cobble Hill Cinemas, 265 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
For details, visit: www.cobblehilltheatre.com
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the film.