Scarface (1932)

PG   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama


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An ambitious and nearly insane violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall.


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2 wins.

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31 July 2001 | michaelRokeefe
7
| The rise and fall of a power hungry mobster.
Howard Hawks directs this harsh and frank and sometimes humorous look at a small time gangster's(Paul Muni) taste of success before his mob world crumbles around him. This is one of the best gangster movies of the 1930's. Very well written and full of terrific characters. Fast paced and free flowing story line.

My favorite scene is when the Muni character first gets his hands on a machine gun. This arrogant, violence driven mobster becomes child like with a brand new toy. Others in this fine crime drama are Osgood Perkins, George Raft, Ann Dvorak, Boris Karloff and C. Henry Gordon. Also notable are Karen Morley and Edwin Maxwell as the Chief of Detectives.

Ambition, greed and pride come before a fall. The mob way or no way is a tough way to live. Excellent flick.

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Trivia

The murder of Tom Gaffney (Boris Karloff) predicts the similar murder, four years later (1936), of former mobster "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn, who would, like the Tom Gaffney character, be shot to death while bowling.


Quotes

John 'Johnny' Lovo: What do you use to think with, an empty beer keg?


Goofs

When Poppy visits Tony, she holds the flower, but Tony has it in the next shot.


Crazy Credits

"This picture is an indictment of gang rule in America and of the callous indifference of the government to this constantly increasing menace to our safety and our liberty. Every incident in this picture is the reproduction of an actual occurence, and the purpose of this picture is to demand of the government: "What are you going to do about it?". The government is your government. What are YOU going to do about it?


Alternate Versions

Due to censorship requirements in several states, a second ending was shot after the film was finished, in which Camonte doesn't try an escape, but is sentenced to death and finally executed on the gallows. This alternate ending was shown only during the original 1932 theatrical run in certain states. All prints, home video, and television versions in current circulation use director Howard Hawks' ending, in which Camonte tries to escape and is shot down. The DVD includes the alternate ending as a bonus feature.


Soundtracks

Some of These Days
(1910)
Written by
Shelton Brooks
Played by Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra
Danced to by Ann Dvorak and Warner Richmond, Karen Morley and Paul Muni and other couples

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Genres

Action | Crime | Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller

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