Brian De Palma, 1983
We all have ambition. (Well, maybe some of us don’t, but most of us do.) It is so powerful that it can either make or break us. In Brian De Palma’s crime thriller, Scarface, he shows us how ambition can lead to self-destruction.
Tony Montana (played by Al Pacino) is a Cuban refugee who came to America with hopes of having a better life (lots of money to be exact). Along with his buddy, Manny Ribera (Steven Bauer), Tony starts climbing the drug-dealing ladder by being “a help” to a big-time coke dealer (Robert Loggia). Tony soon becomes the “teacher’s pet,” being trusted with major drug deals. Tony happy? Not yet. He wants to have the world and Elvira Hancock (Michelle Pfeiffer), his boss’s woman. So there. We watch as Tony’s ambition turns into greed, which eventually leads to a nasty denouement.
John A. Alonzo (the “visualist” of Chinatown) did a nice job with the cinematography, there were quite a lot of awesome frames in the film, most particularly the long shot of Tony alone in his bathtub. Giorgio Moroder’s music is good. The music during the title sequence has that shivering effect in it.
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