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Finally watched 'Scarface' Overrated, dated or what?(8 posts)

Finally watched 'Scarface' Overrated, dated or what?128
Jan 20, 2004 7:48 AM
I discovered I had seen bits of it, but really, after a full viewing I thought this has got to be amonmg the most overrated films of all time.

It all seemed implausible to me:
-his accent
-Pfeifer's reason for hanging with this guy
-the music/sound track
-Italians playing Cubans

Granted in the early 80's this movie probably looked quite violent but it looks like parody of gangster/ethnic steroetypes imo.

Not a horrible flick but with all the accolades I though it would be more than a phlaccid Pfeifer and Pacino-in-every scene over acting.

Thanks for listening....
Jan 20, 2004 8:09 AM
I've found it somewhat entertaining, thinking it was amusing in a cheesy, over-the-top way. It has a few classic one-liners (e.g., Say hello to my leetle friend.), but it's pretty much a watch it and forget it movie. It's certainly not a class in my mind. If it should be hated for one reason, it's for launching Pfeifer's career.
overrated, but a cool flickColnagoFE
Jan 20, 2004 8:10 AM
It set out to be an epic like the Godfather, but seemed to dwell more in the flash and slash genre. You gotta admit Pacino had some good lines in that one. "Say hello to my little friend" being one of my favorites. And huim doing that HUGE mountian of coke at the end and then going in with guns blazing for the final faceoff is a classic scene. Funny thing about that movie is that modern-day urban gangsters cite that movie as the reason they started gangbanging--which is really funny (or pathetic depending how you look at it) considering it is so over the top.
Overrated and datedmohair_chair
Jan 20, 2004 8:23 AM
I remember enjoying it when it came out, even though it was totally over the top. Now I realize that it was basically a fantasy/dream sequence. I'm not sure where reality stops and the dream takes over, but just look at the ending, where he fights off that small army single handed. Yeah, right. They should have ended the movie with Al waking up, although that would have pissed everyone off who sat through it.

If nothing else, it introduced Michelle Pfeiffer (however it's spelled) to the world, and that is an unqualified good thing.
One excellent flick in 1983.No_sprint
Jan 20, 2004 10:21 AM
This is the first I've ever heard it called overrated.

Yep, dated, of course. It's 20 years old.

Gotta love Mary Elizabeth Mastrantoniospagetthios sorry I don't know how to spell her name's hair!
hows the original one with Cagney?ClydeTri
Jan 20, 2004 11:24 AM
my bad..Cagney not in it...ClydeTri
Jan 20, 2004 11:28 AM
George Raft and Boris Karloff were though
hows the original one with Cagney?128
Jan 20, 2004 11:47 AM
It's a lot different I understand. The newer version is not really a re-make at all. I plan on watching it though for comparison and read it's a very good movie. Based on Al Capones high adventures....

Final complaint:
The scar on Pacino's face was too small.