Scarface

Scarface

Streaming Video - 1932
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One of the most influential movies of all time, the original Scarface is an exciting story of organized crime's brutal control over Chicago during the Prohibition era. Academy Award winner Paul Muni gives an electrifying performance as Tony Camonte, an ambitious criminal with a ruthless drive to be the city's top crime boss. Produced by the legendary Howard Hughes and directed by Howard Hawks, this compelling tale of ambition, betrayal and revenge is a groundbreaking masterpiece that influenced all gangster films to follow. Filmed during the "pre-code" era before censorship shaped the way movies were made, "this powerful gangster film is the most potent of the 1930s" (Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide).

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Maoisdead
Jan 23, 2017

One of the most influential movies of all time, the original Scarface is an exciting story of organized crime's brutal control over Chicago during the Prohibition era. Academy Award winner Paul Muni gives an electrifying performance as Tony Camonte, an ambitious criminal with a ruthless drive to be the city's top crime boss. Produced by the legendary Howard Hughes and directed by Howard Hawks, this compelling tale of ambition, betrayal and revenge is a groundbreaking masterpiece that influenced all gangster films to follow. Filmed during the "pre-code" era before censorship shaped the way movies were made, "this powerful gangster film is the most potent of the 1930s" (Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide).

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Triple_X_Rex
Jan 23, 2017

Great gangster movie.

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Dave99_0
Aug 29, 2016

"Scarface," the 1932 original film, is loosely based on the rise and fall of America's most notorious gangster, Al Capone. Actually, I prefer the 1932 original film over the 1983 Al Pacino remake which seems so superficial. Considering that "Scarface" was made at the beginning of filmmaking, I would rate the original film at 5.0 stars.

Even with computer-generated special effects, it would be very expensive today for Hollywood to recreate 1920s Chicago.

7duffy May 05, 2015

Very good movie. Thinly veiled story of Al Capone (who had parallel scars on his cheek), infused with the Borgia storyline of a brother & sister in love with each other. Pretty brave stuff for the 1930's and in actuality, it is a far superior film to the 1980's version for that reason. After viewing, it is plain to see the 1980's version is simply an updated version of this film. Paul Muni (an excellent actor) plays the stereotypical Italian of that era (by Hollywood standards) 50 years before Al Pacino (another excellent actor) did the same thing, playing a Cuban boat refugee.

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garycornell
Sep 15, 2014

Hollywood can trick us sometimes. Al Pacino was great in "Scarface" in 1983, but 50 years before that their was another movie with the same name. Director Howard Hawks gave the 1983 version the basic script. Hawks uses Paul Muni to be Tony Camoto (Scarface) as a hit man for the South Side of Chicago Bootlegger Johnny Lovo. Just like Pacino, Paul Muni refuses to take orders after his first few hits. He wants the entire city of Chicago and he wants to be the kingpin of all the gangs. Howard Hawks is a famous director, and some feel this is his best movie. Over 80 years have passed and I found the movie just as thrilling as the more recent remake. You be the ultimate judge. Remember, Howard Hawks made his film when Al Capone had just finished being arrested in Chicago. The country was coming out of prohibition. "Scarface" in 1932 was quite a sensation! See if it doesn't still thrill you?

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nrains
Jul 19, 2014

Is this the 1932 film with Paul Muni OR the later one with Al Pacino? It looks like Pacino, but the catalog credits with Hawks, Muni, etc, look like the 1932 release

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Isley
Jun 25, 2014

Seminal, violent and fast paced (we’re talking about Howard Hawks after all) gangster film, Scarface is still pretty spectacular 80 years later. Muni does a nice job as the brutal thug on his way up and the shootouts and chases are as exciting as they come.

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Monolith
Nov 23, 2012

Brilliant eighty year old benchmark gangster film, made at the trail end of Prohibition, directed by Howard Hawks with the financial backing of Howard Hughes. Paul Muni was really, really good as the protagonist Tony Camonte; I'm not sure if the unrefined thuggish shlump routine was an act or genuinely his true self (I'll choose the latter). His hilarious sidekick Angelo, partner in crime Guino Rinaldo (George Raft), sister (Fran)Cesca (Ann Dvorak)... all terrific and remarkably effective in their respective roles. The only issue I had was with... Boris Karloff. The man was an icon as a creepy ghoul, with those drawn features, but I think that's where he belonged. He wasn't cut out to be a tough guy with that British accent. It was just laughable. Didn't detract from the movie, though. Great flick. FIVE STARS.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Sep 17, 2012

Released in 1932 - Scarface is an exceptionally powerful, superbly-acted Gangster film that easily ranks right up there as one of the best in its genre.... With extremely graphic violence, Scarface is a thinly-veiled account of the rise and fall of real-life, Chicago mobster, Al Capone.... Actor Paul Muni delivers a dynamite performance as the title character.... You'll be absolutely amazed to see how well Scarface holds up, even by today's standards, 80 years later..... Filmed in b&w this picture is far superior to the 1983 remake that starred Al Pacino.

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KerrAvon
Jul 13, 2011

To hell with that other one, this IS THE SCARFACE no one can beat! More style and class (like most of the older movies) than you can shake a tommy at! Muni is fantastic and Raft is at his coin-flippin' best! Great fun!

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Monolith
Nov 23, 2012

Tony Camonte: "Listen, Little Boy, in this business there's only one law you gotta follow to keep out of trouble: Do it first, do it yourself, and keep on doing it."

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Monolith
Nov 23, 2012

Tony Camonte: "Nice little thug. He give 'em a writ of hocus pocus." (habeas corpus)

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Monolith
Nov 23, 2012

Tony Camonte (Holding a Tommy Gun): "Lookit, Johnny, you can carry it around like a baby!"

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Sep 17, 2012

Violence: Incredibly brutal and violent, with men and women being gunned down, left, right, and center, in broad daylight.

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