Drama | English | 170 minutes
In 1980, Cuban refugees Tony Montana and his friend Manny Ray arrive in Miami as part of the Mariel boatlift, Castro’s program of dumping Cuban undesirables in the U.S. Both are penniless working as dishwashers. Miami drug lord Frank Lopez gives them a job: to purchase cocaine from Colombian dealers holed up in a Miami Beach fleabag.The negotiation goes awry and the Colombians threaten Montana with a chainsaw. Ray comes to the rescue but Montana is badly shaken. He insists on delivering the cocaine directly to Lopez. Lopez and Montana become a team buying and selling cocaine. Montana becomes so confident he makes a play for the gorgeous Elvira, Lopez’s mistress. Eventually, Montana strikes out on his own. But in so doing he angers Sosa, his powerful source for Bolivian cocaine. Montana begins to realize that all this might not end well.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 82%
- Metacritic Score: 65
Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor- Drama (Al Pacino); Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role-Drama (Steven Bauer); Best Original Score- Motion Picture (Giorgio Moroder)
Roger Ebert gave this film a perfect 4 stars out of 4.
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