Behind the scenes: Scarface

Sample the mood on the set of one of the all-time great gangster movies, with Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Brian De Palma.

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Al Pacino (as gangster Tony Montana) and director Brian De Palma have a tête-à-tête on the set of Scarface (1983)

Al Pacino (as gangster Tony Montana) and director Brian De Palma have a tête-à-tête on the set of Scarface (1983)

Michelle Pfeiffer as cocaine-addicted gangster’s moll Elvia Hancock, on location with De Palma

Michelle Pfeiffer as cocaine-addicted gangster’s moll Elvia Hancock, on location with De Palma

De Palma on location in a Cuban neighbourhood of Miami

De Palma on location in a Cuban neighbourhood of Miami

Cinematographer John A. Alonzo behind the camera. With Chinatown (1974), Scarface is perhaps Alonzo’s most memorable work

Cinematographer John A. Alonzo behind the camera. With Chinatown (1974), Scarface is perhaps Alonzo’s most memorable work

De Palma checks out a shot, with cinematographer John A. Alonzo and Al Pacino standing by

De Palma checks out a shot, with cinematographer John A. Alonzo and Al Pacino standing by

Michelle Pfeiffer and Brian De Palma. Following Grease 2 (1982), Scarface was the film that propelled Pfeiffer to stardom in the 1980s. She played another gangster’s wife in the1988 Mafia comedy Married to the Mob

Michelle Pfeiffer and Brian De Palma. Following Grease 2 (1982), Scarface was the film that propelled Pfeiffer to stardom in the 1980s. She played another gangster’s wife in the1988 Mafia comedy Married to the Mob

Perusing the shooting script with Pacino and De Palma. The actor and director reteamed for another underworld tale with 1993’s Carlito’s Way

Perusing the shooting script with Pacino and De Palma. The actor and director reteamed for another underworld tale with 1993’s Carlito’s Way

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