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SCARFACE
1983, Universal, 170 min, USA, Dir: Brian De Palma

Director Brian De Palma and screenwriter Oliver Stone reinvented Howard Hawks’ classic gangster saga from the ground up, moving it to early-1980s Miami during the mushrooming cocaine trade in the wake of Cuba’s Mariel boatlift. Al Pacino is stupendously larger-than-life as twisted Tony Montana, a two-bit Little Caesar who almost singlehandedly creates anarchy in the Miami underworld, destroying not only himself but everyone around him. Opulent, stylishly shocking, and boasting a disco-flavored Giorgio Moroder score that will knock your socks off! With Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Robert Loggia.


BLOW OUT
1981, Park Circus/MGM, 107 min, USA, Dir: Brian De Palma

John Travolta gives one of his best performances as Jack Terry, a sound-effects man in the wrong place at the wrong time, who accidentally records a fatal car crash that might be a hushed-up political assassination. Combining forces with escort Sally (Nancy Allen) - an eyewitness with an, er, intimate knowledge of the crash - Jack begins piecing together the whitewashed incident, even as his and Sally’s lives become increasingly endangered. A brashly stylish reflection on the corruption of American patriotism and politics from director Brian De Palma. With John Lithgow.


DRESSED TO KILL
1980, Park Circus/MGM, 105 min, USA, Dir: Brian De Palma

In this obsessive and beautifully made thriller, a killer stalks two very different women. Considered by many to be Brian De Palma's finest film. With Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen and Dennis Franz.


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