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Appearances in Game
The character of Tony Montana has developed into an American icon and the film he appears in has gone down as a classic despite initial poor reviews from critics. The death of the character at the end of the film was scrapped when 2007's Scarface: The World is Yours
was developed. In the game, the first level is the classic mansion fight scene that has Tony squaring off against an entire army of Columbians. Armed with an M16
, you are tasked with fighting your way out in a first person sequence. Tony survives the attack but is left with nothing to his name after the assault on his mansion. The player must once again claw their way back to the top of the Miami drug trade through many GTA-style missions and purchasing proptery to keep a steady flow of income going. The game received fair reviews and in a 2006 review then Gamespot editor Jeff Gerstmann criticized it for "[Rewriting] one of the most iconic scenes in film history to justify its existence." Despite the ho-hum review scores the game sold well based off of its name and spawned a Wii port that was released in mid-2007 which received terrible reviews for feeling like a shoddy port of an already mediocre game.
Impact on Pop-Culture
Tony Montana and the Scarface film have inspired filmmakers, rappers, and even videogame designers. In 2002's Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
, the game's main character, Tommy Vercetti
is ripped off in a drug deal gone wrong just as Tony was double-crossed in the Scarface film. Other parallels to the film include the ability to use a chainsaw as a weapon, and the mission involving the empty apartment building and the bloody bathroom. Perhaps the game's biggest salute to the film though is its final mission in which Tommy's partner, Lance Vance
, double crosses him and Tommy must fight against a slew of rival gangsters at his mansion with a limited amount of weapons. Tommy survives the attack and ends up killing Lance, just as Tony killed his partner in the film before meeting his end at the mansion.
A sequel to the 1983 film was planned in 2001 where hip hop artist Cuban Link would play Tony Montana's son. The film was going to be titled "Son of Tony" but due to harsh criticism from fans and critics alike and also a long battle for the rights to the characters, Cuban Link opted out of the project. A mini-series was planned in 2003 by the USA network about the film but few details have come out on it since. The iconic line "Say hello to my little friend!" has been parodied and referenced in countless films as well.