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Blu-ray Review: Brian De Palma's SCARFACE - Movies In Focus
“Say hello to my little friend!” The general belief is that remakes are a very bad thing. Yes, sometimes that is true, but other times that is Scarface. Written by Oliver Stone and directed by Brian De Palma, this remake of the the Howard Hawks/Howard Hughes 1932 gangster movie proves that sometimes you can get great results if you spruce-up something old. Switching booze for cocaine and transposing the action to Miami, Scarface updates the story to 1983 and delivers an iconic piece of cinema which has now surpassed the original film in terms of legacy. Al Pacino is Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee who rises to the top of the illegal drugs industry. It’s a story – and a film filled with excess. You were always going to get something operatic when you combine Brain De Palma, Oliver Stone and Al Pacino and Scarface doesn’t disappoint. It’s an epic piece of filmmaking, filled with energy and fulled with an excess which could only have been made at a certain juncture in time. Al Pacino is on energetic form, giving the role of Tony Montana a swagger and paranoia that few could muster, while Michelle Pfeiffer also delivers in her [...]