September 20, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Scarface

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Al Pacino, F. Murray Abraham, Robert Loggia, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer
director
Brian De Palma
distributor
Universal
author
Oliver Stone
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama
We gave it a C

Director Brian De Palma’s ultragory update of the old Paul Muni gangster flick has been beautifully remastered here, and, for what it’s worth, it looks and sounds great; if you like explosions, bad accents, fake blood, and a ludicrously miscast Al Pacino as a Cuban psycho, then this is the laserdisc for you. But the only news here is a concluding documentary, in which De Palma, Pacino, and screenwriter Oliver Stone wax nostalgic about the making of the movie; all hail it as a classic, and yet — astonishingly — none of their noses grow. Sorry, guys, no matter how you dress it up, Scarface still looks like an Ed Wood movie with a big budget. C

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