A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal and their professional lives.
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York City and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia Don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins, while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing.
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.
Robert De Niro,
Tony Montana manages to leave Cuba during the Mariel exodus of 1980. He finds himself in a Florida refugee camp but his friend Manny has a way out for them: undertake a contract killing and arrangements will be made to get a green card. He's soon working for drug dealer Frank Lopez and shows his mettle when a deal with Colombian drug dealers goes bad. He also brings a new level of violence to Miami. Tony is protective of his younger sister but his mother knows what he does for a living and disowns him. Tony is impatient and wants it all however, including Frank's empire and his mistress Elvira Hancock. Once at the top however, Tony's outrageous actions make him a target and everything comes crumbling down. Written by
When Tony and Manny are at the beach, talking and having drinks, Tony has perspiration mostly under the right armpit. Several shots when talking to the girl reveal no perspiration under his armpit. See more »
...los que no se adapten... al esfuerzo y al heroísmo de una revolución... ¡No los queremos! ¡No los necesitamos!
[in subtitles: They are unwilling to adapt to the spirit of our revolution. We don't want them! We don't need them!]
[Translation word-for-word:... the ones that won't adapt... to the effort and heroism of a revolution... We don't want them! We don't need them!]
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We see a proverb at the beginning of the movie that says: "Enjoy yourself, every day above ground is a good day." ANONYMOUS, MIAMI 1981 See more »
Ya know when one looks at this Brian DePalma film today, I'm sure there
been allot of criticism about how dated it is. Also, about the violence.
When I looked at this film on VHS when I was 20, I thought it was
ulta-violent and gritty as well. But I didn't get 'it'.
A few decades go by and man, how I know how much I didn't get in this
This is a remake of an excellent film which was done back in the
How can you improve upon a classic? Ya don't. But you tell a tale that is
brought up to date through the eyes of the "new immigrants" during the
greed ridden decade, the over indulgent 80's. DePalma, Stone and the gang
present an ambitious, disturbing and darn right good film.
Yes....Disco was dying and New Wave/Punk were taking over but these
immigrants from Cuba who had to make a new home in Florida couldn't tell
difference. It was exciting, it was what they wanted but how to get
To these immigrants, there was only one way to get it in Florida where
were..by having lots of money and to get the money, you had to take over
running a drug empire.
Al Pacino was fantastic to me as Tony Montana, the "little train that
could". What an amazing way to have your lead character look at America:
fight, kill, steal. lie, cheat all to get -- "the money, the women and
That's what Tony saw as the American dream.
He wanted it, he wanted to live it and in his circle saw nothing wrong
how he went to get it. Tony Montana's command of the English language was
heavily saturated with the "f" word but what did you expect, Emily Post's
finishing school for him and his co-horts? Look at how they CAME to
what they knew, what they were exposed to. This is the way Tony and his
chose to "be all they can be in America." It was all about the power.
Montana would and did ANYTHING to achieve it..it all its violent, lying,
stealing, crooked, thieving glory.
The part of the film that personified the 1980's to me, is the money
laundering. Tony's crew bringing sacks of drug money to the bank. Did
around Tony and his crew care? At the clubs where he spent and drank?
Money was money and with money, you get the power. Tony was living high
the hog. He and his pretty blond American trophy he married played well
After Tony Montana's rise to power, he finds out its really crappy up
He's riddled with doubt, he's drug addicted, he's paranoid, he's
by those who want to take him on in a bloody take-over, his trophy 80's
American blonde drug addicted wife he finds out is a bore, he needs to
atop of his empire because...he's going down. And down he goes in a
violent fashion, but again I ask, what do you expect?
This is the quintessential 1980's film telling you a warped tale of how
misunderstand the American Dream...to obsession. It's violent, bloody,
overly so..but it drives the point disturbingly home. Not all Cubans
out of Cuba who landed in Florida in the 80's were anything like Tony
Montana. Give me a break. But the showing of how miserable the 1980's
with its emphasis on greed and money as the only measures in the USA to
somebody" and have power took its tool on these poor characters and their
lives in America.
Makes you wonder -- has anything from then -- been learned
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