Brian De Palma directs Al Pacino in this thriller of a Cuban criminal’s rise to the top in the eighties cocaine wars of Florida. It’s a blood-spattered crime opera.
The original Scarface (1932), loosely but boldly based on the notorious life and legend of Al Capone, didn’t invent the modern American gangster film. It blew it up. Films like The Public Enemy and Little Caesar had whetted the American moviegoing appetite for crime movies that reveled in vicarious thrills before delivering a sentence of […]