“You wanna play rough? Okay! Say hello to my little friend!”

When most people think of Brian De Palma’s 1983 masterpiece, that line is the one thing they keep coming back to. But call us crazy––the part that’s been stuck in our head all these years is that chainsaw scene in the hotel during the drug deal gone horribly, horribly wrong…as Tony has to just sit there (at gunpoint, granted) and watch his poor buddy Angel say goodbye to his little leg. And arm. And, you know, probably other parts.

But hey, we were young then, and as memorable as the final shoot-out is…man, that chainsaw scene, dude. Pretty nasty.

As for the rest of the movie? Clocking in at almost three hours, Scarface may have been long, but it was as good as they come in the early 80s. It’s rock-solid, bloody (body count: more than 40), profane (f-word: 226 times), drug-fueled tale of excess that chronicles the rise and fall of Tony Montana. And the movie didn’t pull any punches when it came to showing it like it was in Miami at the dawn of our favorite decade.

Scarface may be considered an all-time classic these days, but when it first arrived in theaters, it was widely panned, considered too over-the-top for its own good and nothing but a really looooooong movie about how crime doesn’t pay. But some people just don’t get it.

Al Pacino turned in one of his best performances, and Michelle Pfeiffer (who we, of course, ♥) can pretty much pin the success of her entire movie career on her role as Elvira. (Yes, Grease 2 had come out more than a year earlier…but did anyone see it? No. No they didn’t.

We can’t say we’re 100% on board with the planned remake, scheduled for release in August 2018 (and starring Diego Luna), but we can certainly understand where they’re coming from. Imitation, as we all know, is the sincerest form of flattery, and there are few 80s movies worth as much flattery as Scarface…even though it took a while for people to realize it.

“Every day above ground is a good day.”

We ♥ Scarface.


~ by weheart80s on June 16, 2017.

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