An Analysis of the Movie, Scarface

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Dragan Jovic
Professor John Kunz
English Composition II
28 February 2014
Scarface is the Greatest Movie! Scarface, starring Al Pacino, is the greatest film to ever hit the film industry. Scarface was released in December 1983 and is technically assumed to be a remake of the 1932 Scarface movie. The 1932 Scarface film was centered in Chicago during the Depression-era, however, the 1983 remake shifted the action from Chicago to Miami during the 1980s-era (Bayard). The directors did this on purpose; because the 1980s-era was the time the Mariel Harbor boat lift happened, thus in a approach to give the movie a new relevance (Berardinelli). Even though the Scarface movie was set in Miami, most of it was filmed in California. The filmmakers did this to avoid conflict with the Miami tourist board; because some Cuban 's in Miami objected to the film 's portrayal of Cubans as criminals and drug traffickers (Berardinelli). The initial critical response to the movie was mixed because of the strong language and excessive violence the film had. However, decades later, the movie is praised by people all over the world and considered a classic mob film. Scarface tells a great story that should be recognized by all. Scarface tells the story of a Cuban refugee who goes by the name Tony Montana. He arrives in Miami from Cuba with his friend Manny. After they arrive, they quickly realize that lowly work does not suit them. They want to make money the easy way; so they start doing jobs for wealthy drug dealers in Miami. Through the process, they meet and become very good friends with a very wealthy drug lord named Frank. It 's not long before Tony starts to think about starting his own drug empire and getting rid of Frank. Tony is instantly attracted to Frank 's girlfriend, her name is Elvira; he wants to take her from Frank and marry her. Soon enough he does. Frank and Tony end their partnership after Tony accepts a huge drug deal without Frank 's authorization. Tony



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