De Palma's ambling tale of a Cuban gangster's Americanised rise and fall is as overrated as it is overlong (nearly three hours). Although Pacino plays the odious Tony Montana with a dead-on mix of predatory steel and flawed flashiness, it's an early `80s curio that's long since been overtaken by countless other life-of-crime movies (GoodFellas, King Of New York, even New Jack City). Two or three great scenes (the chainsaw, the nightclub shootout, the `little friend') packed under too much cheesy flab.

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