Number of Times Seen – at least 3 times (Cable in the 80’s, 26 Aug 2007 and 25 Mar 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A Cuban immigrant to the US gets involved in the Drug trade with hopes that he will be able to still remain loyal and trustworthy when he reaches the top.
My Take on it – This is a classic film that once again showed how great an actor Al Pacino can be.
He is superb in this film and does an amazing job portraying the title character as he changes during the film.
They explore some great ideals here and the way that they present what can happen to someone a she climbs the ladder of success (in any field) is quite interesting to observe.
This is not a film for those with weak stomachs because there are many gruesome, violent scenes filled with lots of bloodshed but it still remains quite realistic looking and flows in the way we would expect from such a storyline.
Bottom Line – Pacino is amazing in this film and does a wonderful job in the title role. The ideals explored here are quite interesting because we get to see the changes one goes through as they slowly climb their way to the top. Not for those with weak stomachs because the violence and bloodshed is quite realistic and free flowing. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When director Brian De Palma submitted the film to the MPAA, they gave it an “X rating”. He then made some cuts and resubmitted it a second time; again the film was given an “X rating” (one of the reasons apparently being that Octavio the clown was shot too many times). He yet again made some further cuts and submitted it a third time; yet again it was given an “X”. De Palma refused to cut the film any further to qualify it for an R. He and producer Martin Bregman arranged a hearing with the MPAA. They brought in a panel of experts, including real narcotics officers, who stated that not only was the film an accurate portrayal of real life in the drug underworld, but ultimately it was an anti-drug film, and should be widely seen. This convinced the arbitrators that the third submitted cut of the film deserved an “R rating” by a vote of 18-2. However, De Palma surmised that if the third cut of the film was judged an “R” then the very first cut should have been an “R” as well. He asked the studio if he could release the first cut but was told that he couldn’t. However since the Studio execs really didn’t know the differences between the different cuts that had been submitted, De Palma released the first cut of the film to theaters anyway. It wasn’t until the film had been released on videocassette months later that he confessed that he had released his first unedited and intended version of the film. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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