Scarface (1932)



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Completed in mid-1930, Scarface, based on Armitage Trail's novel of the same name, might have been the first of the great talkie gangster flicks, but it was held up for release until after that honor was jointly usurped by Little Caesar and Public Enemy. Paul Muni stars as prohibition-era mobster Tony Camonte, a character obviously patterned on Al Capone (whose nickname was "Scarface"). The homicidal Camonte ruthlessly wrests control of the bootlegging racket from his boss, Johnny Lovo (Osgood … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Fred Pasley, Ben Hecht, W.R. Burnett, Seton I. Miller, Fred Palsey
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On DVD: Mar 2, 2010
Universal Pictures


Paul Muni

as Tony Camonte
Ann Dvorak

as Cesca Camonte
George Raft

as Guino Rinaldo
Osgood Perkins

as Johnny Lovo
C. Henry Gordon

as Insp. Guarino
Inez Palange

as Tony's Mother
Edwin Maxwell

as Commissioner
Tully Marshall

as Managing Editor
Harry J. Vejar

as Big Louis Costillo
Bert Starkey

as Epstein
Maurice Black

as Sullivan
Purnell Pratt

as Publisher
John Lee Mahin

as MacArthur of the Tri...
Charles Sullivan

as Bootlegger
Harry Tenbrook

as Bootlegger
Hank Mann

as Worker
Paul Fix

as Gaffney Hood
Howard Hawks

as Man in Hospital Bed,...
Dennis O'Keefe

as Dance Extra
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Critic Reviews for Scarface

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (7)

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.

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Los Angeles Times
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By far the most visually inventive and tonally anarchic movie that Hawks made.

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New Yorker
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A grisly, exciting gangster picture.

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TIME Magazine
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Howard Hawks's 1932 masterpiece is a dark, brutal, exhilaratingly violent film, blending comedy and horror in a manner that suggests Chico Marx let loose with a live machine gun.

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Chicago Reader
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Scarface contains more cruelty than any of its gangster picture predecessors, but there's a squarer for every killing. The blows are always softened by judicial preachments and sad endings for the sinners.

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Its seminal importance in the early gangster movie cycle outweighed only by its still exhilarating brilliance, this Howard Hughes production was the one unflawed classic the tycoon was involved with.

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Time Out
Top Critic

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