“Say goodnight to the bad guy!” Tony Montana shouted in a climactic scene from the cult classic, “Scarface.”
But 30 years since the movie’s release, South Florida has never really said goodbye to Tony Montana.
One big fan is Alfred Spellman, whose 2006 South Florida documentary, “Cocaine Cowboys,” with film partner Billy Corben was inspired by “Scarface.”
Spellman described “Scarface” as “the ultimate immigrant story, even though it was illegal and you saw the downfall, but that’s what made it a cult classic.”
Spellman, 34, grew up in Miami Beach during the gritty “Scarface” era of run-down Art Deco motels and drug houses. He thinks that time period resonates with today’s audiences because of the movie.
“Scarface is so embedded in popular culture that everyone knows who Tony Montana is,” he said. “It takes one episode of MTV’s ’Cribs’ [celebrity home reality show] to see that every hip-hop artist has a ‘Scarface’ poster.”
The movie has so influenced the hip-hop community’s rap songs and videos that the 20th anniversary deluxe DVD edition includes a 20-minute documentary called “Scarface: Origins of a Hip Hop Classic.”