Scarface
Scarface (1932)

Completed in mid-1930, Scarface, based on Armitage Trail's novel of the same name, might have been the first of the great talkie gangster flicks, but it was held up for release until after that honor was jointly usurped by Little Caesar… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 22, 2007
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Mark Chalon Smith
Los Angeles Times

Scarface is one of best of the early gangster movies; its wit and building velocity speeds it past Little Caesar and keeps pace with Public Enemy.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Howard Hawks's 1932 masterpiece is a dark, brutal, exhilaratingly violent film, blending comedy and horror in a manner that suggests Chico Marx let loose with a live machine gun.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

The greatest gangster movie of the 1930s -- and that means the greatest ever.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

By far the most visually inventive and tonally anarchic movie that Hawks made.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Scarface contains more cruelty than any of its gangster picture predecessors, but there's a squarer for every killing. The blows are always softened by judicial preachments and sad endings for the sinners.

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Matthew Sorrento
IdentityTheory

[The police chief] endorses the myth of the west while conceiving the urban gangster as a rat-like menace.

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TIME Magazine

A grisly, exciting gangster picture.

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Paul Taylor
Time Out

Its seminal importance in the early gangster movie cycle outweighed only by its still exhilarating brilliance, this Howard Hughes production was the one unflawed classic the tycoon was involved with.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Completely relevant: Citizens complain that access to technologically more efficient guns is partly to blame for the crime wave; they fret over illegal immigrants; they worry that the 'new breed' of criminal is more uncivilized than its predecessor...

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
One of the defining gangster films, this is a classic of the genre, one of the first films to really establish the gangster film and adding elements of visceral… More
Albert Kim
We find ourselves in the 21st century praising the 80's "Scarface" as if it were a masterpiece. Posters, snapshots, quotes, and scenes are… More
Spencer S.
This film remains a triumph for two solid reasons: it was speaking about the life of an American gangster while said gangster was still alive, and it overcame… More
Chris Weber
Before there was Al Pacino as Tony Montana, there was Paul Muni as Tony Camonte. Directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Howard Hughes, this fictionalized… More
Kristijonas Fussman
If you're planning on watching this film, I recommend viewing it well before even thinking of setting your eyes on the uncompromising and excessively… More
Randy Tippy
Before there was a Tony Montana or a Tommy DeVito or a Don Corleone there was a Tony Camonte...

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