For the 1932 film, see Scarface (1932 film).
Original theatrical release poster
Directed by Brian De Palma
Produced by Martin Bregman
Written by Oliver Stone
Starring Al Pacino
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
F. Murray Abraham
and Harris Yulin
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Cinematography John A. Alonzo
Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release date(s) December 9, 1983
September 9, 2003 (20th Anniversary re-release)
Running time 170 min.
Country United States
Budget $25 million
Gross revenue Domestic
Scarface is a 1983 crime film directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone and starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana. A remake of Howard Hawks' original 1932 film of the same title, the film tells the story of a fictional Cuban refugee who comes to Florida in 1980 as a result of the Mariel Boatlift. Montana becomes a gangster against the backdrop of the 1980s cocaine boom. The film chronicles his rise to the top of Miami's criminal underworld and subsequent downfall in Greek tragedy fashion.
The film is dedicated to Hawks and Ben Hecht, who were the writers of the original.
The critical response to Scarface was mixed and received criticism for the violence and graphic language. Despite this, the film did well at the box office and has since gathered a cult following. The film has become an important cultural icon for many fans, inspiring posters, clothing, and many other references. The film's grainy black and white poster is a very popular decoration and is still in production.