Scarface

One of the most influential films of the '80s, Brian De Palma's gangster tale made Cuban immigrant coke dealer Tony Montana an icon of the VHS era. Its nothing-to-everything theme had great resonance to the young Snoop Dogg, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Eve, Capone, Scarface (who adapted his nom de rap from you know who), Russell Simmons, and others. According to no less an authority than P. Diddy, Montana "was an upstanding gangster, which is a rare thing." Certainly these fans are right on target about Scarface as a parable of unfettered American capitalism. All point not to the film's violence but to the moral: Montana becomes a monster who deserves to be destroyed; he's undone by his own excess. And a fun bit of trivia about the 1983 film: Screenwriter Oliver Stone claims to have kicked coke while writing Scarface in Paris. He got out of the game that Montana couldn't quit. (R) BRIAN MILLER

Tue., April 10, 7 p.m., 2012

 
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