Vintage: Behind the Scenes from Scarface (1983)

Vintage: Behind the Scenes from Scarface (1983)


Scarface was released on December 9, 1983 and was a box office success, grossing $44 million. Initial critical reception was mixed, with criticism over excessive violence and profanity and graphic drug usage. Some Cuban expatriates in Miami objected to the film’s portrayal of Cubans as criminals and drug traffickers.

In the years that followed, the film has received reappraisal from critics, considered by some to be the best mob film ever made. Screenwriters and directors such as Martin Scorsese have praised the film, which has been referenced extensively in rap music, comic books, and video games.

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Al Pacino (as gangster Tony Montana) and director Brian De Palma have a tête-à-tête on the set of Scarface (1983).

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Michelle Pfeiffer as cocaine-addicted gangster’s moll Elvia Hancock, on location with De Palma.

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De Palma on location in a Cuban neighbourhood of Miami.

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Cinematographer John A. Alonzo behind the camera.

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De Palma checks out a shot, with cinematographer John A. Alonzo and Al Pacino standing by.

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Michelle Pfeiffer and Brian De Palma.

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Perusing the shooting script with Pacino and De Palma.

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Vintage: Behind the Scenes from Scarface (1983)

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Vintage: Behind the Scenes from Scarface (1983)

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Vintage: Behind the Scenes from Scarface (1983)


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