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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
Apr 9, 1932 Wide
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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.
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.
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.
The slaughter in Scarface, the Shame of a Nation, the Howard Hughes gangster production... is like that of a Shakespearean tragedy
[The police chief] endorses the myth of the west while conceiving the urban gangster as a rat-like menace.
Completely relevant: Citizens complain that access to technologically more efficient guns is partly to blame for the crime wave; they fret over illegal immigrants; they worry that the 'new breed' of criminal is more uncivilized than its predecessor...
Atmospheric, mesmerising and darkly humourous with a sizzling script and cast. This is a true classic of its genre.
The original Scarface, loosely but boldly based on the notorious life and legend of Al Capone, didn't invent the modern American gangster film. It blew it up.
Despite censorship problems and interference from producer Howard Hughes, Howard Hawks' early crime-gangster is a masterpiece and a seminal work in the genre's evolution, with a truly scary performanec from Paul Muni.
Paul Muni goes way over the top as Tony Camonte, painting a picture of a gangster who knows nothing but excess, and who will stop at nothing to get his way.
A brilliantly wild narrative that had a lot of Capone and the Borgias in it.
Hawks displays balls of steel, using the filmic medium to challenge the free reign of mobsters in the 1930's.
The quintessential crime thriller. One of the few perfect films.
Hawks' masterful gangster picture is as startling now as when originally released.
a potent, uncompromising and de-romanticized portrait of the gangster life
Despite the storm of protest this Howard Hughes production might evoke from certain quarters it is perhaps the most daring and sensational expose of the modern gangster we have ever witnessed on the screen.
Audience Reviews for Scarface
- Tony Camonte: You know.. everytime I see you, you look better.
- Tony Camonte: [Holding a Tommy gun] There's only one thing that gets orders and gives orders and this is it. That's how I got the South Side for you and that's how I'm gonna get the North Side for you. Some little typewriter, huh? I'm gonna write my name all over this town with big letters!
- Johnny Lovo: Hey, stop him, somebody!
- Tony Camonte: Get out of my way Tony, I'm gonna spit! [fires Tommy gun]
- Tony Camonte: [holding up a tommy gun] Lookit, Johnny, you can carry it around like a baby!
- Tony Camonte: You see that? [A sign outside the window reads: THE WORLD IS YOURS. COOK TOURS] Someday I look at that sign and I say, 'okay, she's mine.'
- Tony Camonte: Ah, he ain't so tough. Hanging out in a flower shop. You afraid of a guy like that?
- Tony Camonte: I get you a hunk of soap, you take a bath in it.
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