scarface movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This extremely violent 80s crime classic featuring crime-protagonist Tony Montana and will be thoroughly enjoyed by fans of The Godfather. Scarface is a brutal and great gangster epic starring Al Pacino.


Tony Montana and his close friend take over a drug cartel in Miami and succumb to greed. But as he becomes more powerful, so does his ego and his enemies.

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Movie details

Director: Brian De Palma
Cast: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, F. Murray Abraham, Paul Shenar
Writer: Oliver Stone
Release Date (Australia): 22 March 1984
Runtime: 170 minutes/2h 50m
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English, Spanish


Themes (MA15+)

The film contains themes of corruption, drug dealing, assassination and murder.

Violence (R18+)

The film contains depictions of large blood sprays and blood detail as a result of people being shot and stabbed. A man is depicted having his head sawed by a chainsaw, before he is implicitly dismembered and killed.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains frequent and aggressive use of the word “f**k”.

Drug Use (M)

People are depicted snorting cocaine throughout the film.

Nudity (M)

The film includes a depiction of a nude woman’s breasts and buttocks.

Sex (M)

The film includes implied sexual activity and also features crude verbal sexual references, including use of the words “f**k” and “p***y” in a sexual context.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Al Pacino’s Tony Montana is an excellent gangster-protagonist in what hypes up as one of the best crime movies of all time. When you know it’s an old gangster classic from the 80s, featuring the familiar star from The Godfather and stretching for nearly 3 hours, you know director Brian De Palma has offered a tale of greed, corruption and power that you can’t refuse.

To start clear, Tony Montana is one of the most memorably established criminals of all time in the history of movies. Pacino delivers this powerful character who begins as an former convict who is sent to a refugee camp with his friend Steven Bauer, but they’re released in exchange for murder and Tony then commences in his violent and exciting journey by taking over a drug cartel. He is excellently written, very likeable, sometimes funny and is almost better than the character he was in 1972’s The Godfather. This movie involves some really great male and female performances.

Scarface’s most exciting point is when it reaches the incredibly gun-heavy finale, but even before that it’s something quite meaningful that makes exceedingly solid points as it focuses on greed and strength. The dialogue that runs between the characters and the slow expanding to the themes are equally as exceptional.

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