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Tony Montana at a Miami local restaurant
|Created by||Oliver Stone|
|Portrayed by||Al Pacino|
|Full name||Antonio Raimundo Montana|
|Family||Gina Montana (sister)
Georgina Montana (mother)
Antonio Raimundo "Tony" Montana is a fictional character and the protagonist of the 1983 film Scarface. He is portrayed by Al Pacino in the movie, and is voiced by Viken Heineken and André Sogliuzzo in the 2006 video game Scarface: The World Is Yours. A prequel novel Scarface: The Beginning, written by L.A. Banks, tells the tragic events that lead into the movie. Tony Montana has become a cultural icon and is one of the most famous movie characters of all time, embodying the rise from the bottom to the top. In 2008, Montana was named the 27th Greatest Movie Character by Empire Magazine. He is partly based on Tony Camonte, the main character of the 1932 movie of the same name. According to Oliver Stone, Tony's last name was inspired by former NFL quarterback, Joe Montana, Stone's favorite player. A prequel novel of the same name was also written.
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In May 1980, Fidel Castro opens Mariel Harbor in Mariel, Cuba, allowing departing Cubans, former convicts, and criminals to emigrate to Miami, Florida, on boats. Tony is one of the many 125,000 Cubans on the Mariel Boatlift to Miami, an estimated 25,000 of whom had a criminal record. When he gets to Miami, he is questioned by U.S. officials; he lies about his whole life, telling them that his entire family is dead or stayed behind in Cuba and that he was a "political prisoner". However, because of a tattoo on his right hand, which indicates that he was an assassin in prison, he is not granted a green card.
Tony and his friend Manolo "Manny" Ribera are sent to "Freedomtown," a refugee camp under the I-95 expressway that hold Cuban immigrants without green cards. After one month in the camp, Frank Lopez, head of a Miami drug cartel, offers to obtain them green cards in return for murdering Emilio Rebenga. Soon after Rebenga arrives at the camp, Manny and his accomplices cause a riot, where Tony stabs Rebenga while rioting Cubans yell "Libertad".
Tony and Manny are granted green cards and released, and the two get jobs as dishwashers for a small food stand in Little Havana, Miami. In August 1980, after another month of working, they are approached by Omar Suarez, Frank Lopez's right-hand man who contacted Manny for the Rebenga hit. He offers Tony and Manny $500 each to work for Lopez to help unload 500 kilograms of marijuana from a boat from Mexico. Tony is unsatisfied with this offer and demands at least $1,000, which angers Omar and as he reaches his gun to murder Tony, he is stopped by his driver. Omar offers Tony a cocaine deal with Colombians instead, for $5,000 each, which Tony accepts.
A few days later, Tony, Manny, and two associates — Angel and Chi Chi, Cubans who also spent time in Freedomtown — drive to a small hotel in Miami Beach to meet with the Colombians for the deal. While Manny and Chi Chi wait in their car, Tony and Angel go to the hotel room to meet with the Colombians. The cocaine dealer, known as Hector "The Toad," says he does not have the cocaine with him; Tony replies that he does not have the money either. Suddenly, the deal goes bad and Angel and Tony are handcuffed to a shower pole at gunpoint by a couple of Colombian enforcers. Hector demands the money, implying that he plans to kill Tony instead of selling them the cocaine, but Tony refuses. Hector then murders Angel with a chainsaw. Manny — instructed to stay in the car with Chi Chi and come in case they do not return in fifteen minutes — and Chi Chi approach the hotel, and hear the commotion. Manny bursts through the door with an Ingram Mac-10. After a short gunfight in which Manny is shot in the arm, and Hector is killed by Tony along with Hector's associates, Tony, Manny, and Chi Chi escape with the cocaine and the money. Instead of allowing Omar to take the cocaine to Frank, however, Tony takes it to Frank personally. Frank and Tony take a liking to each other, but Tony later confides to Manny that Frank may be too "soft" to be a major player for long. Swag and Manny end up working under Frank in the drug dealing business. Meanwhile, Tony takes an interest in Frank's girlfriend, Elvira Hancock. Frank takes Tony, Manny, and his associates out to the Babylon Nightclub, a high-class venue that Frank frequents. Although Tony flirts with Elvira, she shows no interest in him.
Three months later, Tony pays a visit to his mother Georgina and younger sister Gina, neither of whom he has seen for five years. It is implied that Tony's father, a former U.S. Navy sailor, walked out on the family when Tony was a child. Gina is excited to see Tony, but his mother is ashamed of him, having long ago learned of his life of crime. When he gives his mother $1,000 while claiming he is a community organizer and involved in running an "Anti-Castro" pamphlet group, his mother angrily rejects the gift and throws him out. Tony leaves, but Gina runs after him; he slips her the $1,000 secretly, and tells her to give a little to their mother from time to time. Manny, whom waited in his parked car for Tony to return, sees Gina from a distance and comments to Tony that she is very attractive. But Tony angrily warns Manny to stay away from her.
Later, while in Bolivia, Tony and Omar are organizing smuggling to the United States with a major drug cartel lord Alejandro Sosa on behalf of Frank, who could not travel due to a pending criminal trial. Tony begins independently making major decisions about the distribution of the drugs through Panama, angering Omar, who believes only Frank has authority to make such decisions. Omar and Tony begin arguing over the matter, while Sosa offers Omar a quick helicopter ride back home to talk over the transaction with Frank. Sosa then orders his assassin, the Skull, to hang and assassinate Omar, and explains to Tony that he was a police informant. However, Sosa believes that Tony is trustworthy and makes him one of his business partners, sternly warning Tony never to "fuck him" (betray him in any way). After returning to Florida, Tony is berated by Frank, who is angry about what happened to Omar, as well as Tony's new setup with Sosa. Frank warns Tony that Sosa is a traitor and cannot be trusted. Tony and Frank subsequently terminate their business relationship, while Tony begins making bolder passes at Elvira.
At the Babylon Nightclub, Tony is shaken down by a corrupt Miami narcotics detective Mel Bernstein, who informs him he has evidence linking Tony to the murders of Rebenga and the Colombian drug dealers. Bernstein then proposes to "tax" Tony on his transactions in return for police protection and information. Bernstein immediately negotiates himself a large bribe and two first-class airline tickets to London. Tony is convinced Frank sent Bernstein because only Frank would know details about the murders. While talking to Bernstein, Tony is distracted by the sight of his sister Gina dancing with a low-level drug dealer. Tony sees him take her into the men's restroom to make out with her in the stall, prompting him to beat the man and berate Gina. When Gina tells Tony that she is old enough to do whatever she wants, Tony slaps her. Manny, who was at the club with him, calms him down. He spots Elvira and promptly flirts with her right in front of Frank.
While at the Babylon, Tony is almost assassinated when two men attempt to kill him with sub-machine guns. He escapes, wounded but alive, and is convinced that Frank is responsible for the attempted murder. Tony instructs two of his men to call Frank at exactly 3 a.m. at his office with the words: "We fucked up. He got away." Armed with silencer pistols, Tony and Manny track Frank down to his car dealership, and find Frank in the middle of a meeting with Bernstein. Using the phone call, Tony tricks Frank into confirming he was behind the attempted hit. Admitting what he did, Frank then begs for mercy at Tony's feet, even offering $10,000,000 he keeps in a safe in Spain (a country which at that time was a tax haven due to Franco's recent death). Tony orders Manny to shoot Frank, and Tony proceeds to kill Bernstein. Afterward, Tony goes to Frank's house, telling Elvira that the drug lord is dead and that he wants her. Tony looks at the sky and sees a Pan American blimp with the words "The World Is Yours" on the side.
Over the next year-and-a-half, Tony makes $75 million off of 2,000 kilos of cocaine that he brings to America, and is soon making $15 million every month in profits from his business relationship with Sosa. He marries Elvira and takes over Frank's empire, creating a large number of lucrative business fronts and purchasing a huge mansion, complete with luxury items, such as a tiger, as well as multiple surveillance camera monitors. He makes Manny his second-in-command and in charge of security at his warehouses and mansion. However, cracks in Tony's "American dream" begin to form as both he and Elvira become heavily addicted to cocaine. As a result, Tony becomes more paranoid and violent, and Elvira becomes bored and distant. Tony becomes greedy and selfish with his wealth, while the bank that launders his drug money wants increasingly higher fees. Manny and Gina begin dating behind Tony's back, afraid of Tony's wrath should he find out.
In February 1983, Tony is arrested for tax evasion and money laundering $1,300,000 by Mel Seidenbaum, a local money launderer who turns out to be an undercover cop. Tony posts a $5 million bail and is out of jail while awaiting trial. Tony's lawyer, Sheffield, tells him that although he can plea bargain away most of the time Tony faces, he will still end up serving at least three years in prison for evading income taxes.
Sosa, not wanting to lose his main distributor, calls Tony down to Bolivia and asks him for help assassinating a Bolivian anti-government activist, who is exposing Sosa's dealings with Bolivian leaders on television. In exchange, Sosa will use his contacts in the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C., to keep Tony out of prison. Tony is clearly reluctant to assassinate a civilian, but seeing no other options, agrees to the deal. After returning to Miami, Manny tries to talk Tony out of going to New York, even though Tony does not tell him about the hit, because he has a bad feeling about it.
Not long after, Elvira leaves Tony for good after he insults her heavily in a local Miami restaurant. Minutes later, an intoxicated Tony starts yelling at the patrons for looking at him in disgust. He tells them that they need people like him to blame — a "bad guy."
Tony and Alberto, Sosa's most senior associate, travel to New York to murder the activist. Alberto plants a bomb under the activist's car, planning to detonate it as he drives to the United Nations Building to give a speech about his activist work. On the day the assassination is to take place, Tony orders Alberto not to set off the bomb because the activist's wife and children are in the car as well. When Alberto tries to detonate the bomb anyway, Tony shoots him in the head, thus double-crossing Sosa in the process.
Tony returns to Florida to find his mother accusing him of corrupting Gina, and a furious Sosa threatening to kill him for not going through with the plan. During a heated telephone conversation, Tony and Sosa's relationship effectively breaks down. Tony attempts to locate Manny, and finds him and Gina together. Realizing Manny has slept with his sister, Tony shoots and kills him in a cocaine-fueled rage, before Gina reveals that they had just married. Tony and his men take a distraught Gina back to his mansion. Meanwhile, a large group of gun-toting assassins sent by Sosa surround the mansion. While Tony sits in his office, distraught at his actions, sickened at the loss of his best friend and snorting vast quantities of cocaine, the gunmen begin quietly killing Tony's guards outside.
A grief-stricken Gina enters Tony's office wielding a Smith & Wesson Model 36, accusing him of wanting her for himself, before shooting him in the leg. Tony attempts to calm her down, before one of the assassins enters the office through the window and opens fire, accidentally killing Gina. Tony immediately tackles the man out of the window, and shoots his body multiple times, creating a large commotion.
Robbed of the element of surprise, Sosa's gunmen launch an all-out assault on Tony's mansion. As Tony cradles Gina's body in his arms, Sosa's men fight their way through the mansion with ease. Tony bursts from his office wielding an M16 assault rifle with an M203 grenade launcher attachment, yells "Say hello to my little friend!" and begins shooting wildly at the henchmen, killing dozens of them despite being heavily wounded himself by return fire. The carnage continues until the Skull, who had quietly broken into the back of the mansion, shoots Tony in the back with a sawed-off shotgun, killing him. Tony's corpse falls from his balcony into a small fountain in the lobby below, floating face-down in the water beneath a statue of the globe carrying the inscription "The World Is Yours" in pink neon.
Scarface: The World Is Yours
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The video game titled Scarface: The World Is Yours, a quasi-sequel to the film, features an alternate ending in which Tony survives the assassination attempt but still loses most of his possessions. Tony detects his would-be assassin and shoots him before escaping his mansion. The end of the first mission shows that he lost $65,884,703 (which is how much Scarface made in box office) and 2,500 kilograms of drugs.
For the next three months he went into hiding in a small shack near Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami where he only had basic necessities, his trademark 1963 Cadillac Series 62, $1,000, and a M1911 pistol. His mansion was seized by "Vice" (undercover vice squad police officers who resemble the co-stars of the 1980s television show Miami Vice), and he is able to move back in by bribing them $10,000 that he makes in a single day of drug dealing.
During this quest for vengeance, Tony has to take down several rivals who are eager to take over his empire after the assassination attempt. Gaspar Gomez and Alejandro Sosa have since teamed up to form a drug monopoly, and set their prices unreasonably high. George Sheffield (James Woods), his former lawyer, is indifferent to Tony and later betrays him to Gomez and Sosa.
Tony first reclaims Little Havana, which had been taken over by the Diaz brothers. This included the "Lopez Motors" dealership where he bought his Porsche 928 in the film, which the brothers since renamed "Diaz Motors." The game allows the player to venture outside Miami to the Caribbean, where he takes down Nacho Contreras. Tony also meets a bartender named Venus, who becomes one of his girlfriends at the end of the game. At the end of the game, Tony single-handedly takes on a small army at Sosa's home in Bolivia where he kills Sheffield, Gomez and Sosa.
- "The 100 Greatest Movie Characters| 27. Tony Montana | Empire". www.empireonline.com. 2006-12-05. Retrieved 2011-10-21.
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