After a screening at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, Brian De Palma’s acclaimed 1983 crime drama Scarface will be re-released across 200 theatres in America on June 10. Starring an indelible Al Pacino as a Cuban gangster who rises through the ranks of the drug trade in Miami in the 1980s, the movie is counted as one of the most influential crime thrillers to roll out of Hollywood.
Scarface was a loose remake of the 1932 movie of the same name that was directed by Howard Hawks and set in 1920s Chicago. The crime thriller starred Paul Muni as a gangster modelled on Al Capone.
In De Palma’s version, written by Oliver Stone, Tony Montana (Pacino) is a Cuban refugee who joins Frank Lopez’s gang, only to take it over and marry Lopez’s girlfriend Elvira (Michelle Pfeiffer). Montano dies in a violent shootout ordered by a rival drug dealer.
The re-release is being presented by Universal Pictures, which is also producing a new version of De Palma’s film, directed by Antoine Fuqua.