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(Review originally written at 22 May 2005)

Even though this movie ain't no "The Godfather" or "Goodfellas", this movie is still a bit of a classic because Al Pacino as the famous character Tony Montana.

The movie is far from flawless but it still is simply one of those movies you must have seen at least once in your life. Reason for this is simply because of the character Tony Montana and the famous shootout at the ending.

This movie once more shows that Al Pacino was and still is one of the best movie actors of all time. I mean this guy played roles like this before but he still manages to play an highly original and memorable character. Further more Michelle Pfeiffer surprised me with her role in this, I never expected to see her in a role like this and was impressed with her.

Fans of the gangster genre will absolutely love this movie. However if you are a De Palma fan expecting a typical De Palma movie with De Palma style, you better skip this one. There are only about 2 or 3 typical De Palma moments in the movie but even those moments don't really have De Palma style written over it. There however still is a typical edge-of-your seat De Palma scene in this movie but I won't think that's enough to please the fans.

The movie's story is a bit too complex at times, mainly because of the many names mentioned in the movie and the ending, although it is a highly memorable scene is still a bit of a disappointment in terms of that it didn't really fitted the movie. It wasn't the right ending for this movie you may say.

The dreadful 80's music makes this movie look more outdated than it really is and Giorgio Moroder's musical score is also not exactly likable or memorable.

I'm beginning to sound negative but this movie still is a very good one. Like I said before, if you can appreciate gangster movies you'll absolutely adore this movie. It has some good hard scene's, tough characters and plenty of big guns (say hello to my little friend!). So basically the movie has everything a good gangster movie needs!

A bit of a classic, because of Pacino and the shootout. See this movie at least once in your lifetime, you won't regret it.

8/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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