Scarface (1983) - Crime, Drama

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In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

IMDB: 8.3
Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer
Length: 170 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 86 out of 938 found boring (9.16%)

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From the opening shots of Castro's eviction of 250,000 unwanted Cubans to its climactic ending,"Scarface" portrays a roller coaster ride through Miami's cocaine world,a thrilling look at the rise and fall of Tony,and the excesses of 80s materialism.

We all want it, but it takes a performance as riveting as Pacino's that forces us to ask ourselves: How far will (we) one man really go to get it?

Al Pacino is stunning in the role of Tony Montana and he is so good that he actually makes you cheer for a guy who would kill you without a doubt if you cross him over.

Nearly a complete waste of time...

The story itself is nothing out of the ordinary, no twists or mysterious events, its just a straight down the line Gangster film which is very good to watch while at the same time absorbing Al Pacino's acting talents.

The character of Tony Montana, who is ofcourse brilliantly portrayed by Al Pacino, is one of the most fascinating and morally complex anti hero protagonist's in cinema.

Very good film, certainly worth watching!

Tony's characteristics and actions take the centre stage throughout the majority of the film, admittedly they are some of the most intriguing I've ever seen, more so then any other recent character I can remember.

Still worth watching, though.

Tony Montana is a political refuge (according himself) that gets himself dragged right back into the crime business after being in prison for a several time.

Brilliant directing,compelling storytelling, and a great musical score by Giorgio Moroder.

There is also a great deal many things that I find confusing (for example, his relationship with his sister), and that I dislike (the portrayal of women), but overall it was quite an engaging film.

Filled with a truly iconic main character, highly memorable and believable supporting cast and a gripping and gritty story line, this movie is 80% the reverse hero masterpiece of the original 2 Godfather movies.

Tony's tricks, Chi Chi's manners, Elvira's eyes, Mama's anger - each one worth watching.

But Scarface isn't one of those controversial movies which only become famous due to their controversial nature - it is a truly compelling portrait of a man who went from having nothing to having virtually everything he ever desired, fueled only by his relentless ambition.

However this updated and revised version set in Miami from a script by Oliver Stone is very much worth watching even though it's almost three hours long.

A fascinating character study that was brought to life by the legend that is Pacino.

It is really entertaining and full of action, romance and funny scenes.

The result is disappointing, but it's still something worth watching, if only to get to say hello to Pacino's little friend.

Anyway, as for the plot, it is boring, and overused.

From the very beginning to the end this is a riveting movie.

I had to watch something afterwards just to detox from the bad experience that left me wondering why did I even waste my time on it in the first place, when even on the first viewing in the theater, back in the 80's, I was not terribly impressed.

Tony Montana takes you on a thrilling ride to the top, making a name for himself in business, in a very fashionable way.

Having said all that, it's definitely worth watching, and has some great scenes in it; my personal favourite is when Sosa calls Tony a f***ing monkey over the phone, and Tony starts hurling obscenities back at him only to be told that he's hung up.

WORST Movie I have ever watched .

Worth watching this film just to see the glories final and the soundtrack is perhaps the best in all the mob movies presently out there.

Notice how in so many scenes he uses subtle (slow) pans and tilts to add an addition mood to the screen.

In fact, when he tries to avoid tapping the Montana character, he comes across as lethargic ("Sea of Love", "Insomnia").

What I got was gaudy, ostentatious, weakly directed, and pretty mundane material.

This is a masterpiece of the "unintentionally funny" category, and for that reason only it is indeed enjoyable.

So, save your money and here's the synopsis of this film: Tony Montana comes to Miami as a poor criminal.

As for the screenplay, it had some very influential famous lines by Montana, and was intriguing overall.

In the end, it's a schlocky entertaining flick that impresses in terms of production values, acting, etc. The wonderfully destructive finale also helps.

Also, I found this movie to be very bland.

The actions external from Tony's mind were also compelling, an interesting look at the drug running operations and gang culture of the time.

In addition, the storyline had a gripping touch because of the themes that were explored, for example drug dealing, cultures, morals and finance.

It has a perfect story, actors that give life to the characters, and it's entertaining to the end.

The soundtrack,considered by many worse than that of a dated porn,is not only awesome,making the film worth watching almost only to hear it,its cult classic "Push it to the limit" says it all-this outstandingly,divinely decadent and lush track reminding of the not least famous theme from "Neverending story"(both soundtracks being composed by the timelessly compelling genius Giorgio Moroder)represent a state,a mood,which makes the two so different films resemble:they are both lavish 80's modern legends,both dealing with initiating journeys,only that "Scarface" is a more violent,yet equally fascinating never-ending story about the almost mythical quest incited by unlimited ambition.

Some critics and movie goers who have praised the film have put this film on the lists of the top gangster movies of all time and while it's an entertaining movie in my opinion it is not one of the best gangster films ever.

Or has there ever been a character so overwhelmingly dreary?

Also, the movie was quite predictable but I also just enjoyed it Critics have said the movie is slow paced and the last half of the movie isn't very good in comparison to the first half- I disagree.

Alonzo (there are at least two wonderful panning shots, here, in Scarface that are just mesmerising, slow, deliberate and focused on its intent).

Brian DePalma's "Scarface" is entertaining, exciting, intense, sometimes very intelligent, and often carried by Al Pacino's captivating lead performance.

The build up to finally seeing and hearing the iconic "SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND" was unbearable.

This movie is one of the most violent,intense,trashiest movies I have ever seen and its worth every penny!

Alejandro Sosa, effectively played by Paul Shenar, is (along with Frank Lopez and Manny) one of the films most engaging characters.

It's one of the most violent , gruesome , thrilling intriguing gangster move ever made .

Stunning .

Michelle Pfeiffer is also giving a great performance as his beautiful wife Elvira, whose life is full of vanity, coke-snorting, and boredom.

But despite all his success he is a man deeply immersed in vice and eventually those start to consume his every waking hour.

Despite the constant amount of deaths, Scaface is intense, bloody, rich-- and real in portraying a glimpse of the roads to greed riches.

Mostly Dull .

This film is fairly long, there were a few times where the movie felt very action packed which gave it a very 'artificial' climax.

It's entertaining because it is fundamentally sound.

Both characters are selfish, arrogant and slightly psychopathic from the start, but their descent into madness is still a really fascinating piece of character development.

if you are a die hard fan of the second greatest movie ever made (Godfather) you will love this action packed dramatic film.

Although there are some good characters in this movie, I believe the plot to be disjointed.

It is nice to see people so rich and 'successful' wasting their time on one of the most forgettable, trite, and pathetic pieces of film-making of all time.

The violence is graphic, the language unbearable, but the characters are predictable.

However, it's still very much worth watching and an overall good movie.

In this notorious 1980s update of the 1932 gangster classic, Al Pacino is tremendously entertaining in the role of Tony Montana.

I read some negative reviews from some people saying how the film is just about violence and degrade women, etc. and that it has no story...

stylish but ultimately pointless .

Many of the characters in this movie a played in such skilled manner that is so enjoyable to watch I have forgot little of this film over the last twenty years.

The moves are duller when Montana is.

Pfeiffer is absolutely ravishing in her intense portrayal of the quintessential, uber-sexy mobster's moll.

This movie has one of the most intense performances I have ever seen done before by actor Al Pacino.

This movie is great because of all of the intense action scenes which are incredibly gory and trilling paired with the fantastic and memorable acting!

One of the most overrated movies ever but it's entertaining nonetheless .

Overall, Scarface is a very entertaining and engaging movie.

Good plot, reasonable dialogue, good casting and great performances make this long movie worth watching.

The screenplay details his up rise but also delivers a riveting climax where enemies storm his mansion with a thirst for blood and revenge, and Montana hoisting a large gun in challenge, "Say hello to my little friend!

What's noticeable as well is how as the movie progresses the music becomes steadily slower, less bubbly and more morose sounding.

Definitely not for mile-a-minute action fans, because it makes you wanna fall asleep throughout the whole middle of the film.

I have always liked this gangster remake because of the entertainment value, but the movie doesnt seem to take itself seriously enough, theres sort of a tarantino- esque about the film -the screenplay and script comes across as a tad over the top and cartoonish , this is slightly overated compared to obvious other gangster flicks for the above reasons but its a film we will always love for its fast paced story and violence.

Some people's enjoyment of the film might resemble a cardiac monitor, big spikes of excitement followed by periods of long, drawn out (sometimes pointless) plot scenes or elements in between.

The only quibble I have with the script is that I found it to be quite formulaic.

The portrayal of the character is so believable, intense and raw.

It's entertaining, vivid and bloody.

What 'Casino' and 'Goodfellas' had going for them, was they were both already period piece movies (and much more enjoyable than 'Scarface.

Entertaining and violent.

There are three conflicting elements in Scarface that make it both interesting and pointless at the same time.

I have seen this movie many times and yet i aint got bored!

Brian de Palma creates a disturbing, violent world for his principal character who is the center of attention because of his unpredictable behavior and ambitions.

If you're expecting a action packed unbelievable movie well don't see this movie because this movie it's what it's all about in life : money , greed , love.

I am sure that I'll probably get some nasty emails about this one, but I think SCARFACE might just be one of the worst movies of the last 25 years---especially since it is so adored by so many and been so readily accepted as a "great film".

Al Pacino is loud and intense in this movie, displaying one of the most famous accents in movie history, and he does it masterfully.

After he eventually manages to isolate himself from everyone (Even his closest friends and family), fellow drug lord Sosa (Paul Shenar) sends his men to Tony's mansion, culminating in a stunning finale of a shootout.

It's not a masterpiece like some people say, but it's certainly enjoyable and entertaining.

In true DePalma-style the direction is way too lavish; Moroder's soundtrack borderline kitschy; Pacino's Montana so inhumanly goal-oriented we know he's really headed nowhere; and Stone's otherwise pointed script full of drawn-out scenes about seemingly nothing, effectively underlining the emptiness of his characters.

Scarface has somewhat become a cult classic over the years, but truth be told, it is a pretentious film.

Usually I'm not a gigantic fan of character studies, although analysing a personality type can be interesting viewing for a period of time, I tend to bore somewhere around the mid-point of the film, I'm left thinking, "OK I understand that this guy is sensitive...

Enjoyable .

Like a majority of the films of the 80s, 'Scarface' is a 'loud' movie that is funny and intense.

Has there ever been a duller screen romance?

Scarface has got to be the most overrated Gangster flick ever; it's dull, simple and distant.

A definitive classic, "Scarface" has remained relevant and entertaining to fans, 25 years after its release.

But I gotta say the movie is one of the most entertaining movies ever made and one of the most memorable ones too.

Some people actually compare this and the 1932 version, which goes to show that human stupidity is both limitless and fascinating.

It's boring and predictable because of this.

Al Pacino delivers one of the greatest performances in what is one hell of an entertaining film .

When he feels he's hit the top, the journey through Pacino's characters mind is equally as fascinating as the one we had when seeing him attempt to get there in the first place.

In Scarface, director Brian De Palma's explosive portrait of a Cuban immigrant turned drug lord, 1983 audiences were treated to an unexpected change of viewpoints.

Her indifference and dullness showcases how taking shortcuts to fortune will leave you feeling empty inside, as a 'loser, not a winner'.

This is a classic movie worth watching.

The set-pieces are superb but the bits in between chronicling the rise to power of Tony Montana are either mediocre or downwright boring.

The cast (over-)acts with gusto, though, and in a way, the self-indulgence of the film is one of the reasons that make it interesting and watchable, even multiple times.

Al Pacino also plays a huge role, his performance is stunning and memorable.

In 1983 I found this movie to be flawed but entertaining in a campy sort of way.

its very boring.

a fine film, well worth watching .

You are dragged from one trite piece of dialogue to the next, each pushing the plot like a sack of bricks.

Riveting, sweeping, violent...

Pointless .

Enjoyable Trash .

Overall, Scarface is highly entertaining as well as a classic movie, but some people might get bored due to the length.

My opinion remains the same - slow and boring.

Then came the long boring gangster movies which tried to make us understand gangsters.

Worth A Shot For Pacino's Breathtaking Performance Alone.

I guess it was OK if you go in for that kind of stuff, but I was looking for more of a compelling story to go with the mayhem and drug deals.

So this is an entertaining movie.

This is still a fun, entertaining film with great acting.

" Then there is the story which is entirely predictable.

Forget about the top notch thrilling scenes and focus on Pacino's and Robert Loggia's dialog!

Breathtaking Al Pacino Performance, .

Undoubtedly one of the most entertaining movies about gangster life that was ever put on the screen.

His other films are all boring and horrible, and "Scarface" is not the exception.

This movie definitely has its flaws, but in the end it's an extremely entertaining film.

Very entertaining and a must-own.

Montana (Pacino) murders his way to the top by taking out the current king Lopez (similar to the way Caligula killed Tiberius), married a beautiful but deeply troubled starlet (Phieffer) while harboring an intense affection for his sister Gina (again like Caligula) and living like a god on earth.

Waste of time!!.

Al Pacino is excellent,iconic and at his best as Tony Montana,with Pacino being intense,over the top and unforgettable.

Michelle Pfiefer is quite effective as the bored trophy-wife and the other hoodlums are all pretty good.

The story is a little slow to begin with but very exciting and is action packed as soon as the second scene begins.

SCARFACE is about as wild and crazy as you can get and while it's far from a masterpiece it's still a highly entertaining movie.

It's brutal, it's calculating and it's very enjoyable.

Michelle Pfeiffer is great as the thoroughly bored and beautiful female interest- How could anyone be bored with Tony Montana??

I have to say I enjoyed it more as a kid.

Compelling .

This film both demonizes the exploits of its lead while also showing the extravagance that crime comes with, and that's an intense balance to find.

Michelle Pfieffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Steve Bauer are very good, and Al Pacino is just stunning, this is an ideal role for him, and perhaps the start of his, in my opinion, career typecasting.

It is mostly entertaining, and VERY violent, so props.

The ending is totally unexpected and it shocks the audience.

The character Al Pacino creates here is a fascinating one.

DePalma's direction of Pacino is extremely entertaining, from his impressive Cuban accent to his strong body movements, DePalma has crafted his lead in a way that would put most mob bosses to shame.

This laughable mess goes on for an unbearable three hours, and has as its centerpiece, it's anchor, its star, Al Pacino who is simply dreadful.

Everything mentioned above and many more subtleties of this masterpiece almost turn it into a period drama about the recent past, a lavish portion of 1980's memorabilia combined with unexpected art film accomplishment and Pacino(along with Scent.. and Godfather)at his best.

Despite that though the film is entertaining and for some reason that I cant explain I love the scene with the goodyear blimp (The World Is Yours).

Scarface is a classic and the best most entertaining drug cartel business movie,al pacino's performance is amazing,this movie is filled with that 80s feel, the music the stripclubs, the beaches cars and the Hawaiian T shirts, theres a perfect balance of humor and violence, and the journey from Tony Montana coming from cuba as an immigrant then slowly make his way up to the top pushing it to the limit by transporting drugs for the big guys, then screwing then over and taking over to becoming the top dog,scarface is a classic masterpiece

Unfortunately, while Pacino's performance is one of the best (and maybe his most overacted)of his career, the film itself is filled with mediocre performances, a cheesy and linear storyline, and bland, one-dimensional characters that prevent this crime movie from being anything more than a popcorn action flick.

He's a cardboard cut out, albeit an enjoyable one.

A deep, realistic story, which is also very entertaining, with clever dialogue and many famous quotes.

With awesome performances from Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer and Brian De Palma's directorial abilities and powers, you get an amazing movie that should never have a remake, as its unique, thrilling and crazy.

This entire movie is an entertaining message.

This film is a total blast, a hugely entertaining piece of cinema and one of the few three hour long films that seems to fly by.

This is entertaining if you don't mind bland movies and the slow-pacing.

That lies mostly in the hands of Pacino's intense performance and the good supporting cast and score.

A very run-of-the-mill story lengthened to over 3 hours of bloodsplattering and F-bombs.

If you want a mindless, boring, long movie with lots of big guns, chainsaws, and lots of cussing, watch this film!

Enormously dated, 'Scarface' probably would've been more enjoyable during the "Cuba" scare, tail end of the disco era and "excess of the 80s" period.

Overrated - slow and boring .

The film is also very downbeat, so after 2 1/2 hours, you feel really depressed (or bored) watching it.

And of course Mr. Pacino once again confirming my suspicions that he is the big screen's most intense actor , it is a testament to his skill that while Montana has hardly any redeeming qualities we are still rivited by him .

Trashy beyond belief, "Scarface" is undeniably vivid and can boast a particularly exciting finale.

A Long But Entertaining Film .


The film directed by Brian De Palma gives a stunning performance by Al Pacino, features a perfect amount of "over-the-top" violence and a memorable story of a man who will stop at nothing to score big in America.

And his booming persona is misused here; I can think of at least a dozen other performances where Pacino's been able to utilize his presence and style magnificently for the sake of a picture (The Godfather movies and his movies with Sidney Lumet are great examples, but so are some of his recent films like Insomnia or even the Devil's Advocate).

An Intense, Gripping Piece of Art .

There are no gaps in this storytelling and the script is full of lines that as sick, twisted and inherently flawed as Montana is, make him a compelling figure with considerably interesting things to say.

Regardless how unlikable he becomes, Al Pacino delivers a very engaging performance that sees an individual go up and down a ladder that depending on your sensibilities, isn't really worth climbing.

The movie is great to watch and I can guarantee that when you like mobster movies in general, you'll be on the edge of your seat from the start of the movie till the end.

"Scarface" is not a five star masterpiece, but keeps going steadily until the violent, action packed finale where we get to say hello to Tony's little friend!

Finally after intense negotiations Brian was able to release the film with an R rating allowing it to open in more cinemas for a hopefully bigger return.

Yet he is as watchable here as ever, in very entertaining (and intentionally over-the-top) form.

There were elements about the film that kept sturdy, even gripping (the last fifteen minutes or so is rather bloody though brilliantly filmed).

However, there are three or four shots in the film in which Tony trains his intense gaze upon her.

Some of these scenes were absolutely dreadful because they were so cliché.

Exciting and Relentless .

This exciting film packs thrills , chills , noisy action violence and results to be pretty entertaining , in spite of its long runtime , as it runs nearly three hours .

Stunning performance.

Hard and violent film with stunning performances .

The camera somehow manages to maintain a sense of the headstrong stupidity which Pacino captures so well, accentuating the unpredictable and ruthless attitude of the protagonist.

"Scarface" suffers from lack of likable characters, lack of believable characters, lack of plot, lack of motivation, lack of a logical sequence of events, lack of fun, just a lack of everything.

If you do actually waste your time putting this in your DVD player just skip to the end because that is the only good part.

However, it did work in 1 really intriguing hour into its works.



Once you understand the principle of the movie (pack as much graphic cheapness in it as possible) it gets kind of boring.

The action is very intense and fun to watch!

And though the film does toe the line of running too long to the point of getting tedious, it remains entertaining enough despite its predictable and not terribly original storyline.

Extremely violent, intense epic about the cuban crime-wave .

There's no doubt that Oliver Stone is a great screenwriter, but with Brian De Palma behind the camera Oliver Stone's screenplay became very very entertaining, not just smart.

Finally, Al Pacino's performance is stunning.

Scareface will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Heck, even lighter fare such as "Pehlam 123" holds much better over time than this overrated, pretentious piece of sub-par, cheap "entertainment", for lack of better word.

This is the way the film remains suspenseful, as well, because the audience never knows what this crazy guy is going to do next.

One of the best films of the 80's as well as one of the best gangster films ever made,Scarface delivers a bit of action mixed with some drama,romance and abit of thrilling moments.


I was on the edge of my seat through the whole of this movie!

It is certainly an entertaining effort, especially early on, starting with the interview of the surly Cuban immigrant, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) by skeptical US officials.

"Scarface" is one of those must see films that everyone who loves crime thrillers needs to see, if only for the intense character portrait of crime.

Scarface was an unpredictable, very 'in your face' mob thriller.

this movie was a waste of my time, and i bought it without seeing it, bad move.

The moments leading up to it are incredible enough, and then comes an absolutely stunning climax of blood and bullets that will completely blow you away.

The plot is excellent and entertaining.

Either way, it was entertaining, and people should see it to see the memorable violent scenes and quotes.

I usually don't agree with them but I was very skeptical about seeing this movie due to such negativity I've heard stating that the movie is way too over the top, over acted, boring story line and very cheesy.

epic,entertaining,excellent .

The first time, it was too overwhelming, and for the undrained eye it looks boring.

There's a silly bit of business involving Tony's sister and mother which is dragged out too long.

Needless to say what I found most fascinating of all is the fact that it is based on a real story.

The acting is excellent, and for gangster aficionados such as myself the story was compelling and satisfying.

It was horrible and boring from beginning to end, there wasn't anything good about it.

I'm always prepared for a heavily-hyped movie to fail to live up to the hype, but I was astonished at how p***-poor SCARFACE was, from the grotesque performances of Pacino and Loggia to the gawd-awful script, to the pointless little "hey-look-at-me!

Typical DePalma movie, disjointed, confusing, loud in every sense .

It is quite an epic, intriguing film focusing around an incredibly magnetic, motivated main character.

In fact, in one scene, she even said, "I'm bored.

" It is long and dull and this is despite the face that under most circumstances both Pacino and De Palma are generally the furthest thing from dull.

He writes the entire film solely with Montana doing all the unpredictable, "ballsy" moves.

It is the story of Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee in America (everything he says about Cuba read like propaganda).

So Scarface is a movie about nothing and no one, punctuated with a great deal of equally pointless violence.

Scarface throbs with sleazy eighties energy which is repulsive and compelling.

Entertaining film about gangsters.

Scarface is a brilliant film which is pretty much entertaining in all scenes.

Everyone was a tedious, despicable psychopath, with no engaging personalities, giving me nothing to look forward to.

Sometimes, the mere fact of entertaining is enough.

Other notable performances where from Steven Baeur who plays Pacinos right hand man and his best friend, Michelle Pfiffer who plays Elvira Tonys wife who is subjected to a life of coke snorting and boredom.

The whole chainsaw sequence with the Colombians remains an incredibly intense and brilliantly staged scene.

Pacino is a grossly over-rated actor whose career has gone on for far too long now.

Intense, operatic, melodramatic, overblown and frankly insane!

Because, really, when you break down the movie to what it really is, the only thing, the only word that comes to mind is "boring.

They will be able to appreciate the social commentary and exciting action that DePalma and Stone deliver on screen.

The pace is appropriate and the story is gripping.

I wouldn't say that the violence is justified, but unlike many other action films nowadays with pointless fighting, this film doesn't have that.

If you haven't seen the film yet, be ready for a few surprises, and the zillion scenes involving pools (no spoilers), but there are also a few predictable parts in my opinion (again, no spoilers).

His portrayal of a Cuban refugee turned drug cartel leader is intense and believeable.

Yes, "Scarface" is a masterpiece, because it precisely didn't try to be one and the result is not unintentional either: the writing, the direction, the acting, everything points out a deliberate will to create an entertaining gangster flick.

The result is a deliberate assault on the sensibilities by using the f-word again and again as well as using extreme and pointless violence throughout.

Scarface has somewhat become a cult classic over the years, but truth be told, it is a pretentious film.

"Scarface" must be one of the worst movies ever made, and it is way overrated and boring.

ıt was really exciting movie.

This is by far the second worst movie I have ever seen.

But, as always with this director and this lead actor, it is entertaining!

but interesting and action packed,loosely based on the 1932 original starring Paul muni.

Pacino's breathtaking performance, which is arguably his best, manages to hold the viewer in a transfixion right from the inception to the finale.

the duologue between characters is great, the story is exciting and captivating you will want to watch it again and again just to here the line say hello to my little friend.

And as you watch the film, it's so utterly predictable what's going to happen.

This film is about greed, power, jealousy, confrontation and revenge and deserves to have an evocative, dramatic & memorable score that demonstrates and enhances these themes.

1: The acting- Pacino delivers the most compelling performance of the 80s in this film.

Written by Oliver Stone, "Scarface" is a movie that is unforgettable,it is action packed,emotional and an absolutely blow out smash hit.

Nearly all the characters are fascinating and well created, like in his second best film "Carlito's Way", and the dramatic intensity remains as strong throughout the movie.

This movie had me on the edge of the couch, as it did in '83 when I saw it at the movies with my dad.

An ultra-violent, ultra-entertaining gangster classic .

This movie is entertaining and you will never get bored.

The actions scenes while good are few and far between, direction is slow and uninteresting, a trademark of De Palma's.

The performance of Al Pacino was dreadful and laughable, also all the characters of this movie are all boring and despicable.

Incredibly dull, and trite.

This film is so enjoyable.

The premise is very interesting, at least enough for me to watch all three hours of the film.

Nothing but a great, classic, genius and entertaining flick.


"Scarface" is definitely one of the most entertaining and one of the best gangster movies to ever come out.

To summarise, Scarface is a clever movie teaching us that cutting corners will leave you empty, the real American dream is washing dishes forever and if momma ain't happy ain't nobody happy!

Nothing interesting, no plot twists.

In this movie Al Pacino is scary, fascinating, violent, antihero all the things you would hate about a man.

Al Pacino turns in a stunning performance as Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee than becomes a powerful player in the drug world as he ruthlessly runs his self made kingdom of crime in Florida.

Scarface is a great and popular film because of its gripping performance by Pacino and its excellent screenplay.

Less amusing, and actually rather boring, is Tony's relationship with his wife (played by Michelle Pfeiffer).

But this matters little as we get Al fully immersed in a Cuban character, coming over all intense and fiery.

Maybe it's because of all the violence and obscenity that it becomes boring.

I enjoyed it so much, I saw it twenty-two times.

Even though you can see the ending coming a mile away, and you know no one is gonna come out of this tragedy in good shape, the movie's still engaging.

The impulsive and totally unpredictable crazy drug- dealer.

This is not what many people have built this movie up as—a violent, intense, foul-mouthed, classic gangster picture.

The 2 hours and 50 minute run time sounds long, but you don't really notice it since the movie maneuvers through each of its Acts in a stylish, entertaining, and action-packed way.

At least the Godfather bores me for good reasons.

The action is exciting and disturbing at times, which makes it all the more believable.

In a movie market saturated with superhero films fueled to success with CGI effects, the classics often are refreshing with unique plots and fascinating characters.

However, like the eighties's, the film too becomes bloated and boring in the middle section, a section which drew a yawn or two from this viewer.

It is actually an intense character study of a guy who tries to make it to the top, and once he realizes he's lost everything that it's impossible.

And they all came up with something more entertaining and intelligent, while Scarface is kind of the 80's version of it - with more action and cheesy 80ies film score.

The ending is predictable, and you have to wonder - doesn't anyone ever just retire and move into legitimate business?

I nearly fell asleep every time she was on the screen.

It's a movie and a damn entertaining one, whose "over-the-top"-ness is the extra depth the haters fail to see ….

It is amazing that a movie can last three hours, and have absolutely nothing happen!

Tony's way from the bottom to the top is rapid and exciting, without boring talks here and then.

About 3/4's of the way through the movie, I thought it was getting steadily worse, and was starting to get bored with it........


This one is the movie that got me interested in Pacino's films; his finest since this one was his role on the other side of the law in 'Heat', playing an intense Los Angeles policeman.

Great entertaining movie .

Pfeiffer stood out as dull and uncomfortable on first viewing, but I've come to realize how she plays out the part of the bored little wife.

First of all, Al Pacino is riveting as Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee released from prison by Fidel Castro in 1980 who arrives in Florida with a yearning to rule the world and a huge chip on his shoulder.

this film has brilliant direction, some brutal and exciting action scenes as well as a good script that has deep powerful themes and a stand out performance from Pacino to pull all these elements together into one of the most memorable characters in film history.

Tony Montana's incredible rise up to being the Public Enemy #1 is a fascinating, horrible one.

The movie has an amazing plot that is entertaining from the moment you start watching the film.

You just root for this really long and dull movie to end.

Sorry if I seem bitter, but I feel like I've had three hours of my life stolen from me.

This movie is very entertaining and is never ever boring even running at nearly 3 hours.

Its just that in times during the movie the scenes are so intense that everything else seems boring.

Suffice to say, it is a very entertaining traffic accident.

Very entertaining .

But there are other reasons: More than any other gangster flick, it really is a film of its time, the 80s, which is great as far as it goes, but personally, I found a lot of it too staged and stylised - the scene where Tony goes to kill Frank and the cop coming to mind, it just seems overlong and ultimately disappointing; all you want is for him to go in and blow them away, but it's just really drawn out and then somehow when he does shoot them, it seems like a real anticlimax.

Fasten your seat belt and get ready for the most intense rides as Al Pacino takes the roll of Tony Montana and owns it, his performance will blow your mind.

There are certainly a few twists in the plot, but they are somewhat predictable and simply have to do with Tony's bursts of anger.

Scarface is seriously one of the most entertaining movies ever.

Gripping and intense...

Arguably his best movie overall, certainly his most entertaining, and it's a Mob thriller, with absolutely no Hitchcock connections.

There were several actual shoot-outs in this film, and it quickly got fairly uninteresting, as they didn't have the intensity of a regular action film, and felt a little out of place in a crime-drama.

Close to 3 hours of great fun.

This is a highly entertaining movie and it is so not because the scenes are outrageously violent, not just because the characters are outrageously criminal and not because it makes another pathetic Hollywood attempt to delve into the "criminal mind".

) For me, the formulaic script was an annoyance which slightly flawed the whole film.

Obviously, if intense and frequent violence upsets you, you have my full understanding.

Unexpected contact to the film 'Scarface' brought reviewing movies to deeper research about attempting to succeed in a mission to view 'Al Pacino' films.

And if you don't believe any of the stuff I just said well then, the movie is also very entertaining, it has plenty of dark humor, action, suspense, drama, and a bunch of other stuff.

Pacino is over the top, and very entertaining to watch.

If you are new to this movie I highly recommend it and if you have seen it before, watch it again.

The camera somehow manages to maintain a sense of the headstrong stupidity which Pacino captures so well, accentuating the unpredictable and ruthless attitude of the protagonist.

It's pretentious in every aspect, including the performances.

Here, Al Pacino plays Cuban immigrant(and Castro political exile) Tony Montana, who arrives in America with his friend Manny(played by Steven Bauer) and immediately goes to work for the drug cartels, nearly getting murdered at first, but Tony is a determined survivor, and gradually works his way to the top of the Miami underworld, where, despite his wealth and beautiful wife Elvira(played by Michele Pfeifer) he finds himself bored and dissatisfied, though a betrayal of a rival crime boss and obsession with his younger sister Gina will prove to be his downfall...

The film throws cliché after cliché at the audience, with frequent awkward over-acting moments - Responsibility for all this falls squarely on the Director...

There are many parts to this film that makes it very enjoyable.

Those movies had superb acting, well thought out dialogue, and they actually immersed you in the life of the actors.

De Palma is really on top form here, and the script by Oliver Stone (before he decided he was "a serious artiste") is action packed AND character driven.

By the end, the synths themselves seem to be having trouble breathing, with long, ponderous minor chords replacing the sub-Madonna bounce of the early scenes.

The violence is so intense at some points that it's a miracle the picture escaped the "NC-17" rating.

Otherwise it was a total cliché.

Al Pacino turns in a simply breathtaking performance which is one of the strongest points of this film and the very reason why you can't get your eyes off the screen.

The climax is not very good, it starts to get boring as the movie closes.

Anyone who likes action, thrillers and crime dramas, this is a film worth watching.

Giorgio Moroder's score is simply breathtaking.

This was the WORST Movie I have ever watched in my life.

Long films usually bore me, this is an exception.

The rise and fall of Tony Montana is one of the most compelling and tragic rise and fall tales you will ever see on film.

This creates a very unconventional gangster that is thrilling to watch.

When Scarface first hit cinemas, the general consensus was that it was a poor film, too overly violent and a waste of time.

This lengthy but engrossing drama depicts how the protagonist made it to the top of the world.

He is so gone from his own supply of his cocaine all he can do is sit there with his ghost-like face and feel bored.

2) Tony sitting alone at the club, drugged-out and bored, watching Octavio, some bizarre Latin puppet-mime, until two hitmen attempt to assassinate him.

Oliver Stone's screenplay gets dull in places; while it does tell a good story, I got tired of hearing the F-word in almost every line.

You just get vivid, desperate to be iconic scene followed by trite small talk then next big scene, so it's bang bang, drivel, bang bang, drivel, bang bang with no meaningful narrative linking them.

The way his foundation falls in the final 20 minutes is breathtaking, when he kills manny is just pure sad, and when Gina wants to kill him is really cool!

This is also a nice avoidance of typical Hollywood cliché's, because it shows us that performing the morally right deed will not always end in joy.

I had countless friends in college who cited this movie as one of their all-time favorites, even the pretentious guys who valued art above all else.

They are trite, overblown, and senseless.

Saying a thousand time "f*king f*ck" is just ludicrous (no, it's not scary, shocking or compelling).

flawed but hugely entertaining .

In much the same way that Douglas's Gordon Gekko in 1987's Wall Street served as the inspiration for many people to quit their jobs in the pursuit of becoming ruthless players in the financial game, the message Montana has tried to convey has been swallowed up by the engaging nature of his character, which I suppose is the greatest testament to the overall quality of the film.

To call this a waste of time is to glorify it.

The film has 206 utterances of the "f" word, a record at the time that was not to be eclipsed until "Pulp Fiction" in 1995, which is a weak and boring film, in my opinion.

DePalma's direction was so good, through numerous scenes of combining dreary music with long, drawn-out shots were unbelievable.

I do not agree that any of its flaws are fatal - overacting, lack of story, pacing, poor cinematography have all been overcome in numerous movies.

I guess my problem is in the execution; Pacino's cartoonish performance, the drawn-out narrative, the unbelievably overbearing score.

The plot started slow and all I wondered was "Why are they going to tell me this story?

Also very much worth watching was Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Tony Montana's sister Gina.

I finally saw this for the first time after years of hearing how good it was, and though it was certainly entertaining and very watchable, I came away thinking that it's a far from great film.

The movie is long but the story is gripping and you'll find yourself vary satisfied in the end.

Everything in the movie makes you feel like you are living in the 80s in the fast paced Miami (although the majority of the film was filmed at LA) and particularly thanks to the amazing soundtrack by the legendary Giorgio Moroder.

Loud, crude, violent and highly entertaining, Scarface is a live-wire of a film.

Mind Blowing Cinema.

While the director Martin Scorsese said 'I love it', the actor Dustin Hoffman said 'I fell asleep' and the division went for a long while.

The approach was right, it had to be a gripping fantasy about the Gangster world.

Even if you dont like the story to Scarface its worth watching just to see how good of an actor Al Pacino is.

Fascinating storytelling, not so fascinating lead performance .

It was breathtaking performance.

"Scarface" is definitely one of the most entertaining and one of the best gangster movies to ever come out.

Plenty of action, good dialogue and superb acting given by the actors make it worth watching Scarface even though it's 3 hours long.

Tony Montana is a predictable overly masculine character.

Sure, some of the violent scenes are thrilling and interesting especially the finale with the memorable "Say hello to my little friend!

With no plot, no characters I'm interested in, and terrible music, I was completely bored after 10 minutes of watching this movie.

This movie is entertaining,dramatic, and will keep you to the edge of your seat until right the end.

The appeal of people living on the edge outside of society's acceptable norms, living the high life is conducive to the big screen.

This movie starts as a immigration thing, but it keeps getting more and more complex until it finally twists and crashes in the end, causing a superb, fabulous, breathtaking ending that i guarantee you will not forget.

Both fast paced and hard hitting, this epic journey from skid row to the affluent excess's and the slow slip into the abyss of madness and paranoia is astounding.

If you are expecting a action packed gangster thriller.

Music in the film is pop of the 80's which can seem cheesy, but banality of the music corresponds with the banality of his instincts, greed and lust and ends which they procure - money and power.

A slick, polished, extremely professional and intense depiction of one of the most ruthless gangsters ever depicted on film, the Cuban cocaine dealer "Tony Montana" (played by Al Pacino), also known as "Scarface.

Leonard Maltin inexplicably dismissed this as slow.

Scarface, while it can claim no real originality (and indeed is based on an older movie which I have not seen), is an entertaining and well-done movie about the rise and fall of a crime boss.

However, I am definitely the minority on this point, and I stress that with every other facet of Scarface, it is a high quality and entertaining film.

Unfortunately, the hour and a half (give or take a few minutes) in between is a little slow, and, well, boring.

If there's one area in which 'Scarface' is lacking, however, it has to be the rather generic and predictable plot.

You are more apt to be disturbed by the already outdated musical score, and sadly pretentious clothing that characterized the era.

It is a more kinetic, exciting and darker look at what it is to be a gangster in America.

If you love bad movies with formulaic and unoriginal stories, sublimely awful dialogue mouthed by actors who equate histrionics with art and are punctuated with plenty of gratuitous blood and gore for shock value then you can hardly do better than this.

Al Pacino is the main role in this adrenaline-filled film.

SCARFACE (1983) Brian de Palma brings everything about the gangster saga and multiplies it to a point of excess in this intense, iconic picture about the rise and fall of a Cuban drug lord.

The electronic score by Giorgio Moroder is absolutely appalling; it is dull, lacking in substance, and is a mismatch for a film with such a heavy subject matter.

But it's very entertaining and, for a remake, surprisingly fresh.

Certainly `Scarface' is one of the worst movies of all time.

The interesting thing is, when he eventually gets to the top, he finds it isn't as he imagined, it's dull.

Tony Montana reminds me of a new generation version of The Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin Hood as he is just unpredictable and scandalous .

Good, but too long, boring at times.

Worst movie ever.

Although it is a classic story of the rise and fall of one man, this basic plot was beefed up with enjoyable substance in between.

I mentioned that this movie has pacing issues and those issues can often make it feel very boring.

Incredibly engrossing movie .

Overall it was a good film and I highly recommend it to people who love mob films.

Despite some solid performances by 'supporting' actors such as Robert Loggia as drug dealer 'Frank Lopez' and Paul Shenar as fellow drug kingpin 'Alex Sosa', the film drones on for scores of minutes without anything remotely interesting taking place.

so the importance of that sequence especially comes from that, but of course also it is impressive, stylish and entertaining, if entertainment is the right word in this case.

Undoubtedly one of the all time greats in its depiction of the rise and fall of a certain character and/or their empire, Scarface is a fascinating moral drama which slowly descends further into madness and greediness.

Pretty terrible acting by Pacino, entertaining if you get by it .

However, I felt that it suffered due to slow pacing.

His gradual character change from 'fun bobby' to intense, paranoid, control freak is done so subtly that it is hard to believe he is in character.

Dark, thrilling, funny and packed with brilliant performances including the great Al Pacino (where was his Oscar for this?.

It is compelling to watch the course of his disgrace and destruction play out.

Very entertaining and a cinema classic.

This story was so phony and predictable.

I won't say it's the best in the genre(in fact there are many that are better and a tad more focused on story) but certainly manages to blend entertainment(because the story itself is intriguing, and the film is just fun to watch) and message together effectively without over doing either.

Seen it so many times now that the initial shock has worn of a bit, but it is still a thrilling tale of how drugs and violence in the end always come back to haunt you.

At the same time it's hard to deny that this is one of the most entertaining films of its kind.

Granted, Al Pacino did a great job as a Cuban, and there were scenes that were intense, the plot is so predictable and boring that it was hard for me to stay awake.

Intense .

It is such a slow moving plot.

" There wasn't really anything interesting in all of it, just a pretentious effort determined to make itself an epic.

Tony Montana`s rise to power and wealth is a roller-coaster ride that is truly gripping.

This is the way the film remains suspenseful, as well, because the audience never knows what this crazy guy is going to do next.

The photography is good, I didn't think it was awesome, there are some stunning shots, though.

Yet its suspenseful twists and interesting characters make you sit all the way through it's 170 minutes and the ending leaves you emotionally shaken.

" The film has a very unexpected ending being, Tony gets shot in the back and dies!

There was no real plot, unless you consider; A crook from Cuba, who gets rich in America, by becoming a drug-dealer, and killing people.

Along with intense action and violence there are plenty of humorous one-liners that in a way contrast the action.

Overall, this is a good gangster movie but some scenes were tedious and over stretched.

I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who's never watched it.

Vastly entertaining crime flick .

(Warning:Contains Spoilers)For one thing, if you haven't seen this film you're missing out on a great story, a dynamite script, atmospheric synthesizer music, Al Pacino's best performance to date and one of the most memorable and enjoyable morality tales ever to hit the silver screen.


Scarface is more than anything a highly entertaining movie.

This is a different direction for Brian De Palma who previously made the entertaining thrillers Dressed to Kill and Sisters.

Having watched this movie several times before, I have admittedly dismissed it as a 'senseless action packed wanna-be gangster' action movie.

The film-making is excellent and very suspenseful at times.

One of the classic movies of our times - Al Pacino deliver the uncontrollable and unpredictable Toni Montana in a way no one else could.

I rather enjoyed it and it feels like a film that can still stand on it's own today.

Though a very graphic and violent film, Scarface is a powerful and gripping movies that explores the depths of the narcotics business in America, from the blue collar to the white collar.

Sure that's a cliché that is seen in pretty much any gangster movie.

It will be a lot less expensive, more enjoyable and much more useful than a trip to the shrink or a seminar and no one really knows why??

At times the film can feel draining because the drawn-out dialogs are often about such greedy, shallow, or heated personal topics -- or they just descend into Tony's uncanny ability to curse up a storm.

The excellent, expletive- ridden script turns the conventional rags to riches story into a captivating and thrilling film, including several classic scenes- the Rebenga hit, the chainsaw scene and the finale.

I recently watched this film a couple weeks ago, and I was forever waiting for this slow-moving, boring movie to end.

While not the greatest work in its genre, Scarface not only remains a tremendously influential film, but an intense, unsettling, thoroughly entertaining film.

Michelle Pfeiffer also stands out in her debut role as Elvira, the bored drug-addicted housewife.

The film is also much too long, has one too many scenes where it is drawn out, the script is excessively cheesy(did Tony really have to swear as much as he did?

When I first walked out of this movie in 1983 I thought this movie would be panned.

It is a pretty-ugly world laid bare with some gripping set-pieces and it is a movie you will either love or hate and it is deserving of either because it is both lusciously bold and relentlessly repugnant.

You fall asleep before you hear the action wake you up, and then you don't really care.

A disguised single shot, absorbing the tension in the soon-to-be doomed drug deal with the Colombians in a hotel room, and then panning outside the hotel through a bathroom window, all the way across Ocean Drive and into Manny's convertible as he clumsily attempts to pick up a blonde bombshell in a bikini, then back up into the hotel bathroom through the window as the brutality begins.

It's a very entertaining movie and realistic.

Way too long, way overrated and this movie is only saved by performances of every actor except Pacino.

Well that where Scarface takes the cherry, It not only delivers a deep, intellectual character study on an internal level but also presents us with an exciting external narrative, a perfect mix between the two, complimenting each other to ensure boredom is never an issue.

It's too long by an hour, pointless, and completely without entertainment value.

Two decades after its original release, this Al Pacino masterpiece continues to thrive because of its exceptional performances, gripping storyline and compelling script.

In the hands of the unreliable De Palma - for every "Carrie", you get "The Fury" - a man who, despite his blatant desire and attempts to be Hitchcock reborn, is at heart a lover of the overblown cinematic image, Pacino is allowed to give his tiresome ticks and actor's tricks full display in a part that SHOULD have been played with subtlety.

This is sometimes boring because the self-destructive nature of characters like Tony has been covered with greater depth by more succinct films ('Raging Bull', 'Aguirre: The Wrath of God'), so Scarface sometimes becomes something of an aesthetic experience.