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Marquee Monday: Scarface (1983)

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USA | 170 min | R | DCP | Dir. Brian de Palma

After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fueled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.

"De Palma’s once-controversial-now-canonized remake of Howard Hawks’ gangster movie tells the saga of Tony Montana (Pacino), a foul-mouthed Cuban criminal who briefly rules a cocaine empire. Like the main character, De Palma’s visual approach is gleefully excessive but “the violence grows out of the lives of the characters; it isn't used for thrills but for a sort of harrowing lesson about self-destruction” - Roger Ebert 

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