Scarface Reviews

  • Apr 14, 2020

    Iconic and unique phrases, one of the best films ever made

    Iconic and unique phrases, one of the best films ever made

  • Apr 11, 2020

    Scarface is a wonderful movie. Realistic gunfire, gripping violence, and an incredibly entertaining storyline.

    Scarface is a wonderful movie. Realistic gunfire, gripping violence, and an incredibly entertaining storyline.

  • Sep 17, 2019

    Not just a gangster film classic, but arguably the genre's ultimate masterpiece: a wildly lively, violent, powerful, and realistic crime saga never loses its grip on the audience.

    Not just a gangster film classic, but arguably the genre's ultimate masterpiece: a wildly lively, violent, powerful, and realistic crime saga never loses its grip on the audience.

  • Sep 04, 2019

    Riveting! Paul Muni is a "revelation"- perfecto! His blistering personae is singular among gangster portrals. Kalaildascope of interesting support "mugs including Boris Karloff! Karen Morley is as slinky as they come - Anne Dvorak pulsates with animalism

    Riveting! Paul Muni is a "revelation"- perfecto! His blistering personae is singular among gangster portrals. Kalaildascope of interesting support "mugs including Boris Karloff! Karen Morley is as slinky as they come - Anne Dvorak pulsates with animalism

  • Aug 09, 2019

    SOOO much better than the weak half-hearted remake! So much of its time. Outstanding performance from Paul Muni - and his sister/would be lover? Ann Dvorak with her dismissive chin flick. And the unforgettable coin tossing George Raft in his first film role, so cool. What a great gangster film! It has everything. Thrills. Excitement. Laughs. Everything. Even Boris Karloff!

    SOOO much better than the weak half-hearted remake! So much of its time. Outstanding performance from Paul Muni - and his sister/would be lover? Ann Dvorak with her dismissive chin flick. And the unforgettable coin tossing George Raft in his first film role, so cool. What a great gangster film! It has everything. Thrills. Excitement. Laughs. Everything. Even Boris Karloff!

  • Nov 20, 2018

    Thrilling 1930s gangster classic which still grips and thrills even today. Tough, visually excellent and with sharp dialogue. Another great work from Howard Hawks.

    Thrilling 1930s gangster classic which still grips and thrills even today. Tough, visually excellent and with sharp dialogue. Another great work from Howard Hawks.

  • Nov 09, 2018

    This was ridiculously good. It's the original Scarface. I didn't put 2 and 2 together. The only diff's are that it takes place in Chicago instead of Miami, and it deals with alcohol instead of cocaine. The films are nearly identical besides that. Obviously there are differences, but not as many as you would expect for a film made in 1932. It's waaaay ahead of it's time. Groundbreaking. Supposedly the film "glorified gangsters" so the movie association made them change the ending and also add in some scenes that talked about how bad it is... I would love to see the original. It's impossible to find a copy of the entire movie in it's original form, but there is one with the original ending. I have got to find that.

    This was ridiculously good. It's the original Scarface. I didn't put 2 and 2 together. The only diff's are that it takes place in Chicago instead of Miami, and it deals with alcohol instead of cocaine. The films are nearly identical besides that. Obviously there are differences, but not as many as you would expect for a film made in 1932. It's waaaay ahead of it's time. Groundbreaking. Supposedly the film "glorified gangsters" so the movie association made them change the ending and also add in some scenes that talked about how bad it is... I would love to see the original. It's impossible to find a copy of the entire movie in it's original form, but there is one with the original ending. I have got to find that.

  • Antonius B Super Reviewer
    Feb 07, 2018

    If you're in the mood for a classic gangster film with a lot of action and violence, this one may suit you. Paul Muni is in the role of Tony Camonte, an up and coming gangster with a scar on his face that resembles a giant cross. He's far from saintly though, and aggressively pushes to expand his territory, piling up bodies as he goes, and lusting after both his boss's girlfriend (Karen Morley) and his own sister (Ann Dvorak). Muni exaggerates his facial expressions a bit too much, but he's fantastic in some scenes, such as the one where he fixes an icy stare at his boss (Osgood Perkins), when he finds he's been betrayed. As an aside, some of his expressions reminded me of James Franco; see if you agree. As for the rest of the cast, it's a mixed bag. Perkins (incidentally, Anthony Perkins' father) isn't all that convincing as his boss, he's just not tough enough. It's interesting to see Boris Karloff (and in one scene, bowling no less), but he doesn't quite seem to fit. Ann Dvorak is strong as his sister who has just turned 18 and is looking for a good time. My favorite scene with her is when she tries to get Muni's right-hand man (George Raft) to dance. Raft turned in what I thought was the best performance, understated but tough, flipping a coin menacingly (so iconic!), and really looking the part. Most of the scenes director Howard Hawks gives us aren't all that special from my perspective. The ones that stand out are the St. Valentine's Day massacre execution shot, which had seven shadows on a wall mowed down by machine gun fire, and then later, a body dumped out of a moving car with the ominous note "stay out of the North Side." The political messages in the film are heavy-handed, but it's interesting in that they span both sides of today's political spectrum, arguing for tougher gun control laws, while at the same time, to deport illegal immigrants. It's also interesting that while the film ostensibly states it purpose is to show true events to spur action against gangsters and violence, it seems to do a fair bit of glorifying them, just as 'The Public Enemy' had the year before. Oh, how America loves its guns and gangster films, and how well this film fits in with understanding its character, and a long history of violence. This is certainly a decent film, especially if you like the genre, though I liked 'The Public Enemy' better, mainly because of Cagney. Muni himself is far better in 'I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang' which he also did in 1932, and I would recommend it over 'Scarface' as well.

    If you're in the mood for a classic gangster film with a lot of action and violence, this one may suit you. Paul Muni is in the role of Tony Camonte, an up and coming gangster with a scar on his face that resembles a giant cross. He's far from saintly though, and aggressively pushes to expand his territory, piling up bodies as he goes, and lusting after both his boss's girlfriend (Karen Morley) and his own sister (Ann Dvorak). Muni exaggerates his facial expressions a bit too much, but he's fantastic in some scenes, such as the one where he fixes an icy stare at his boss (Osgood Perkins), when he finds he's been betrayed. As an aside, some of his expressions reminded me of James Franco; see if you agree. As for the rest of the cast, it's a mixed bag. Perkins (incidentally, Anthony Perkins' father) isn't all that convincing as his boss, he's just not tough enough. It's interesting to see Boris Karloff (and in one scene, bowling no less), but he doesn't quite seem to fit. Ann Dvorak is strong as his sister who has just turned 18 and is looking for a good time. My favorite scene with her is when she tries to get Muni's right-hand man (George Raft) to dance. Raft turned in what I thought was the best performance, understated but tough, flipping a coin menacingly (so iconic!), and really looking the part. Most of the scenes director Howard Hawks gives us aren't all that special from my perspective. The ones that stand out are the St. Valentine's Day massacre execution shot, which had seven shadows on a wall mowed down by machine gun fire, and then later, a body dumped out of a moving car with the ominous note "stay out of the North Side." The political messages in the film are heavy-handed, but it's interesting in that they span both sides of today's political spectrum, arguing for tougher gun control laws, while at the same time, to deport illegal immigrants. It's also interesting that while the film ostensibly states it purpose is to show true events to spur action against gangsters and violence, it seems to do a fair bit of glorifying them, just as 'The Public Enemy' had the year before. Oh, how America loves its guns and gangster films, and how well this film fits in with understanding its character, and a long history of violence. This is certainly a decent film, especially if you like the genre, though I liked 'The Public Enemy' better, mainly because of Cagney. Muni himself is far better in 'I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang' which he also did in 1932, and I would recommend it over 'Scarface' as well.

  • May 10, 2017

    Loosely based on Al Capone's ascent to the top of the Chicago rackets. This is an absurdly entertaining movie despite its age. Paul Muni's acting style wouldn't look out of place in a modern film and Anne Dvorak is pretty impressive too. Some of the other cast members are less convincing though. A classic from the early 30s that holds up well when so many others of the time were making an awkward transition from the silent film conventions.

    Loosely based on Al Capone's ascent to the top of the Chicago rackets. This is an absurdly entertaining movie despite its age. Paul Muni's acting style wouldn't look out of place in a modern film and Anne Dvorak is pretty impressive too. Some of the other cast members are less convincing though. A classic from the early 30s that holds up well when so many others of the time were making an awkward transition from the silent film conventions.

  • Sep 17, 2016

    Not the Al Pacino one, but an amazing movie regardless.

    Not the Al Pacino one, but an amazing movie regardless.