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      Scarface

      PG Released Mar 31, 1932 1h 33m Crime Drama List
      98% Tomatometer 47 Reviews 86% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings Key lieutenant of South Side Chicago crime boss Johnny Lovo, Tony Camonte is an ambitious and reckless gangster who ignores warnings not to mess with Irish gangs on the North Side. When the North Side retaliates, Tony essentially massacres them, leaving him on top of the world. Worried about Tony's overconfidence, however, Johnny orders him killed, but this also backfires, and Tony finds himself even closer to becoming king of the city. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      This Scarface foregoes his "little friend" and packs a different kind of heat, blending stylish visuals, thrilling violence, and an incredible cast.

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      Times (UK) Staff Times (UK) What it has, and what the many other gangster films that have followed it have not, is an ice-cold anger of purpose. Jul 8, 2020 Full Review Alan Page Sight & Sound [Scarface is] a brilliant film thanks mainly to the acting of Paul Muni and Ben Hecht's script. Apr 9, 2020 Full Review Mark Chalon Smith Los Angeles Times Scarface is one of best of the early gangster movies; its wit and building velocity speeds it past Little Caesar and keeps pace with Public Enemy. Jul 30, 2014 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia Hawks builds it with a consistent tone that rarely loses its brutal effect to capture the rise and fall of a violent gangster. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 7/10 Jul 21, 2022 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins A preeminent, seminal gangster flick. Rated: 10/10 Jan 2, 2022 Full Review A.S. Hamrah n+1 Among other things, Ben Hecht was a Chicago newspaperman, a playwright, author of maybe the funniest American novel...Hecht defines the writer-producer relationship... Jan 26, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Brian F is a so good movie but I think is overrated and I prefer the 1983 version Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/04/24 Full Review Steve D I didn't get the remake. I get this one less. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/25/24 Full Review Blu B A Classic Crime Drama that's really well done overall. The main differences with this one is it feels at times more of a criticism against gangster life (the opening PSA really makes it clear right off the bat too) rather than a celebration of it. At only half the runtime of the 83' one it moves much quicker as well and feels much less bloated and too the point. However, the lack of a soundtrack in this gives it a dry feeling throughout and the 83' one defintely has a leg up on it in that regard. Paul Muni is a bit more likeable in this but not by much. He comes off more sophisticated at times and less crude than Pacino does. The cinematography is very moody and the opening is excellent and arguably the best part. Anyone who is a fan of gangster flicks, Hawks, or any actors in this will like this a lot. Despite the 83' ones flaws I would say it barely squeaks by this one as my favorite of the two even with the dislike of Tony more in that one just on the soundtrack. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/24 Full Review acsdoug D I would probably give the edge to the DePalma/Pacino remake. It's longer and has a more complex story. This one is more of a straight up gangster flick, but what a very good straight up gangster flick it is. Paul Muni is terrific. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/08/23 Full Review Leaburn O Can see so much influence on the later incarnation of this classic gangster film. It was decent in places but nowhere near as good as the remake. In my eyes the best of the early 30s gangster genre was Little Caesar but most people rank this is the stand out. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/19/23 Full Review Audience Member A pretty good gangster movie but far from a masterpiece. It's quite engaging for the most part, Paul Muni gives a fine performance and the climax is well done. On the other hand, Angelo is a really bad comic relief, there's a random scene that tries to make some unsubtle political comments on the gang wars of its time, the structure is fairly predictable and, crucially, Tony's ascent seems extremely easy, as if determination is the only trait necessary, regardless of skills, brains or planning. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Key lieutenant of South Side Chicago crime boss Johnny Lovo, Tony Camonte is an ambitious and reckless gangster who ignores warnings not to mess with Irish gangs on the North Side. When the North Side retaliates, Tony essentially massacres them, leaving him on top of the world. Worried about Tony's overconfidence, however, Johnny orders him killed, but this also backfires, and Tony finds himself even closer to becoming king of the city.
      Director
      Howard Hawks
      Screenwriter
      Fred Pasley
      Production Co
      The Caddo Company, Polyphony Digital
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 31, 1932, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 3, 2012
      Runtime
      1h 33m
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