Cocaine, guns, violence, mafia, women – everything you would expect from a crime drama movie about a Cuban guy finding his fortune in promiscuous way when he reaches Miami.

We’re talking about the 1983 “Scarface,” a movie we have all watched and quoted for countless times in the three decades of its existence.

The Basics

When “Scarface” came out in the early 80s, the critical response was mixed, to say the least. People either loved its fast pace and excellent casting choices, or hated the excessive violence and drug abuse.

As the story goes, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) flees to Miami with his best friend Manny Ribera (Steven Bauer) after a near civil war breakout in Cuba.

Once they arrive, they’re sent to a refugee camp where they meet Angel (Pepe Serna) and Chi-Chi (Ángel Salazar).

Not long after, these four guys find their way to some crime deals which involved assassinations and drug pushing. Thanks to their wealthy drug dealer friend Frank Lopes (Robert Loggia), Montana and his buddies start progressing up the crime pyramid by being ruthless and cunning.

Events that transpire in “Scarface” lead to many memorable moments, climaxing when Tony Montana becomes a crime lord himself.

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Box Office Performance

“Scarface” earned $4.5 million in its opening weekend, which was quite a lot of money for the time. Ultimately, this crime drama grossed out at $65 million on a global level.


There’s not much we can say about “Scarface” that wasn’t already said or seen. The movies impressive cast, which includes Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Steven Bauer, works in such a harmonious way that can sometimes make you forget “Scarface” is a movie about drugs, crime, and violence.