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Scarface: The Shame Of The Nation / Scarface / The Shame Of A Nation


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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
 
Average Rating
8.50 /10
 
Starring
Paul Muni , Ann Dvorak , George Raft
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Directed by: Howard Hawks
Written by: Ben Hecht, Seton I. Miller, John Lee Mahin, W.R.Burnett, Fred Pasley from Armitage Traill's novel


 
 
 
Released: 1932
   
Genre: CRIME
CONTROVERSIAL
THRILLER
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: BW
   
Length: 99
 
 


 
Life and death of a gangster (Paul Muni, pictured).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Seminal gangster movie, startlingly violent in its day, and so close in time to the real events that it might almost be a newsreel. Paul Muni is excellent as a thinly disguised Al Capone. Made in 1930, it was not deemed releasable until two years later, and the feeble, moralizing scene in the publisher's office - not directed by Hawks - was put in as a concession to pressure groups. The film is still exciting, and (daringly for its period) there's even a hint of incest in Scarface's relationship with his sister (Ann Dvorak).


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