Scarface. The rise and fall od a drug lord and it's protrayal of the american dream

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"Make way for the bad guy." Tony Montana, the dynamic character that became an icon in cinema was introduced in 1983; in the film Scarface, which captivated millions of fans around the world. Twenty years later, the film still effects today's culture, by being re-released in movie theaters across America. A, "political refugee," from Cuba, Montana came in search of the American Dream, as he beautifully put it, "In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the woman." That is exactly what he did. Tony Montana, better known as Scarface, was intelligent. Not an ordinary street smart gangster, he was more, a character that audiences could at times, sit back and laugh at. His humor and passion gave him even more of a personality, and made it easier for the people around the world to fall in love with his charm.

The film introduced many to the mysterious and dangerous world of the cocaine culture. Audiences were given a glimpse of the money, women, power, and the exotic life of the cocaine world. However, along with the fun, the theme of the film, that luxury corrupts, eventually brings the audience to the brutal reality that materialism surrounding oneself will, in end, be the factor that destroys him. His dream was his tragic flaw, eventually destroying himself. "I never fucked anybody over in my life, who didn't have it coming' to him, you got that? All I have in this world is my balls, and my word, and I don't break them for no one, you understand?" There is no question why this character is so admired, he has the traits that everyman ever wanted. He was brave and...