"I always tell the truth. Even when I lie."
- Tony Montana
Scarface is a powerful, stylized commentary on violence, materialism, excess, corruption and crime in America. Set during the drug-driven decadence of Miami in the 1980s, it is a rags to riches story about the rise and fall of an illegal immigrant from dishwasher to narcotics kingpin who is undone by greed and delusions of grandeur triggered by cocaine psychosis. It is both thrilling entertainment and a wicked, nightmarish parody of the American dream.
Scarface: The Ultimate Guide places the movie in its historical context and examines its origins, development, production, release, critical reception and current status in the culture. The highlight of the book is a detailed analysis of the movie from first frame to FADE OUT.
Everything there is to possibly know about the history of the 1983 gangster classic is here.
Who really came up with the idea? Martin Bregman or Al Pacino?
How many of the 18 creatures mentioned in the film can you name?
Did Pacino ad-lib the word 'yeyo'?
Why do rappers like the film so much?
How does music play a part in the movie?
Is Scarface anti-Semitic?
What is the relevance of the pelican?
Was it really dismissed by critics?
What did Quentin Tarantino steal from the movie?
Where does the line 'Don't get high on your own supply' come from?
Did you know the production was chased out of Miami and had to relocate to L.A.?
What is the significance of the name 'Elvira'?
Was Omar Suarez a stoolie?
Why are there so many background shots of US Presidents in the movie?
Is the chainsaw scene really violent?
Why are there so many errors in the movie?
Where was Sosa's estate shot?
What are Tony's true feelings about his sister?
Who exactly is Nick The Pig?
Sit back, grab a glass of gin, spark up a Cuban cigar, check the magazine in your M16 assault rifle with 40mm grenade launcher, find a mirror or clear a surface on your desk and let Scarface: The Ultimate Guide take you on an illuminating tour of your favorite movie.
"Chi-Chi. Chi-Chi. Get the yeyo."