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Scarface (1983)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama


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In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

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Trivia

Lillian Michelson, an uncredited movie researcher from the 1960s to the early 2000s, did research for the drug gangs for the movie. She interviewed a retired drug boss, and a DEA agent, and one day visited with both at the same time, and neither knew anything about the other. She spoke with a drug lord who she described as 'a nice Jewish boy', who offered to send her his private jet and bring her down to Bolivia for some hands on experience in the drug world. Lillian went home and excitedly told her husband, Hollywood art director and production designer, Harold Michelson, 'Harold, I'm going to Bolivia!' The two had a heated fight, ending with Harold asking her, 'Don't you have an obligation to your children to stay alive?' She finally agreed not to go.


Quotes

Fidel Castro: ...los que no se adapten... al esfuerzo y al heroísmo de una revolución... ¡No los queremos! ¡No los necesitamos!


Goofs

At one point when Tony is driving his drunk friend home from a nightclub, the car is shown to have the steering wheel on the wrong side. Tony is driving and sitting on the right-hand side of the car.


Crazy Credits

In the opening we see a crawl text (with narrator) that reads: "In May of 1980, Fidel Castro in an effort to normalize relations with the Carter Administration opened the harbor at Mariel, Cuba with the apparent intention of letting some of his people join their relatives in the United States. Within seventy-two hours, 3,000 U.S. boats were headed for Cuba. In the next few weeks, it became evident that Castro was forcing the boat owners to carry back with them not only their relatives but the dregs of his jail population. By the time the port was closed 125,000 'Marielitos' had landed in Florida. An estimated 25,000 had criminal records. This is the story of that minority those they call 'Los Bandidos'."


Alternate Versions

Network TV version deletes or edits all violent scenes for censorship reasons and adds some extra footage:

  • the introduction text about Cubans fleeing from Mariel is slightly different from the text shown in the theatrical version (a disclaimer stating that the events are fictitious has been added);
  • extended Freedom Town section: Tony in a phone booth trying to call his sister Gina; Angel looking in a phone book for his brother Pablo; extended conversation between Tony and Manny about getting out of Freedom Town; Tony and Manny watching television.
  • Tony's first visit to his mother's house is longer. Tony opens a bottle of champagne and makes a toast to America.
  • before Tony's first visit to Sosa, the onscreen text has been changed from "Cochabamba, Bolivia" to "South America";
  • during that visit Tony is introduced to Sosa's girlfriend Gabriela;
  • Tony's first meeting with his lawyer George;
  • when Alberto is planting the bomb under the car in N.Y., Tony sees cops nearby and distracts them by pretending to be looking for his missing dog.


Soundtracks

I'm Hot Tonight
Performed by
Elizabeth Daily
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Giorgio Moroder and Arthur Barrow

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Genres

Crime | Drama

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