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Antonio "Tony" Montana
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Born

August 31, 1942

Died

December 31, 1983

Gender

Male

Faction/Titel

Montana Cartel/Leader

Status

Deceased

Cause of death

Ballistic trauma

Portrayed by

Al Pacino

"I never fucked anybody over in my life didn't have it coming to them. You got that? All I have in this world is my balls and my word and I don't break them for no one. Do you understand? That piece of shit up there, I never liked him, I never trusted him. For all I know he had me set up and had my friend Angel Fernandez killed. But that's history. I'm here, he's not. Do you wanna go on with me, you say it. You don't, then you make a move." - Tony Montana


Antonio "Tony" Montana (August 31, 1942 - December 31, 1983) is a fictional character and the main protagonist from the 1983 film Scarface. He is portrayed by Al Pacino in the movie and is voiced by André Sogliuzzo in the 2006 video game Scarface: The World Is Yours. Tony Montana has become a cultural icon and is one of the most famous movie characters of all time, symbolizing the rise from the bottom to the top. In 2008, Montana was named the 27th greatest movie character by Empire Magazine.


OverviewEdit

Antonio "Tony" Montana was born in Havana, Cuba on August 31, 1942. Not much is known about Tony's past, other than the fact he served as a soldier in the Cuban Army and was prisoner in the 1970s for a series of unnamed criminal charges. In May 1980, Cuban President Fidel Castro relaxed the stringent laws governing Mariel Harbor in Cuba, allowing thousands of Cubans, many of them former convicts, to emigrate to Miami, Florida. Tony was one of the 125,000 Cubans who traveled to Miami, and upon arrival he was questioned by U.S. officials; he lied about his life, telling them that his entire family is dead and that he was a "political prisoner". However, because of a tattoo on his left hand which indicates that he was once an assassin, he was not granted a green card.

Tony and his friend Manolo "Manny" Ribera were then shipped to "Freedomtown", a refugee camp that held Cuban immigrants without green cards. After one month in the camp, Manny made contact with Frank Lopez, a Miami drug lord, who hired him and Tony to murder Emilio Rebenga, a former politician who worked for Fidel Castro and tortured Lopez' brother to death. Soon after Rebenga arrived at the camp, Manny and his accomplices caused a riot, where Tony stabbed Rebenga in the confusion.

Tony and Manny were eventually given green cards and released, and the two got jobs as cooks for a small foodstand. After about another month the pair were working when they were approached by Omar Suarez, Frank Lopez's right-hand man at the time. He offered Tony and Manny $500 each to work for Lopez. Tony, was unsatisfied with this offer, which angered Omar. Regardless, Omar offered Tony a cocaine deal for him instead, for $5,000 each, which Tony accepted.

A few days later, Tony and Manny, along with Tony's cousin Angel and Chi Chi, an associate from Cuba who spent time in Freedomtown, drove to a small hotel in Miami Beach to meet with a man named Hector for the deal. The head dealer, Hector "The Toad" says he doesn't have the cocaine with him; Tony replies that he doesn't have the money. Suddenly, the deal goes bad and Angel and Tony are handcuffed to a shower pole. Hector demands the money, implying that he intends to kill Tony instead of selling them the cocaine, but Tony refuses. Hector then kills Angel with a chainsaw. Manny, waiting outside, approaches the hotel, and upon hearing the commotion bursts through the door with a submachine gun. After a short gunfight, Tony, Manny, and Chi Chi escape with the cocaine and the money after killing Hector and his associates. 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 points out to Manny that he may be too "soft" to be a major player for long. Tony 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 which Frank frequents. Although Tony flirts with Elvira, she doesn't show any interest in him.

Three months later, Tony pays a visit to his estranged family's home. It is implied that Tony's father left the family years ago, but his mother and his younger sister Gina are home. Gina is excited to see Tony, who has been away from them for five years, but his mother isn't as thrilled for she is aware and ashamed of his criminal history. When he offers his mother $1,000 while claiming he is involved in running an "Anti-Castro" group, his mother angrily rejects the gift, believing he's become a criminal, and asks him to leave. Tony leaves, but Gina runs after him; he slips her the $1,000 secretly, and tells her to spend it on whatever she wants and to give his mother a little from time to time.

Some time later, while in Bolivia, Tony and Omar begin discussing business plans with plantation owner and major drug kingpin Alejandro Sosa on behalf of Frank, who couldn't travel due to a pending criminal trial. Tony begins independently making major decisions about the distribution of the drugs, 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 enforcer, the Skull, to hang and kill Omar, explaining to Tony that he was a police informant some years back. However, Sosa believes that Tony is trustworthy and makes him one of his business partners, warning Tony never to "fuck him". 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, one of them right in front of Frank.

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. Forced to talk with Bernstein, the crooked cop 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. Gina tells Tony that she is old enough to do whatever she wants, including going into the men's restroom with a man, which prompts Tony to slap her.

While at the Babylon, Tony is nearly killed by two hitmen. He escapes, wounded but alive, and is convinced that Frank is responsible for the hit. 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." 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. Tony orders Manny to shoot Frank, and Tony proceeds to kill Bernstein. Afterward, Tony goes to Elvira's house, telling her that Frank is dead and that he wants to be with her. Stepping out onto Elvira's balcony, Tony looks into the sky and sees a blimp with the words "The World Is Yours" on the side.

Tony immediately makes $75,000,000 off of 2,000 kilos of cocaine, and is soon making 10-15 million dollars a month in profits from his business arrangement 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 "perfect life" begin to form as both he and Elvira become heavily addicted to cocaine; he becomes more paranoid and distrusting of those around him, and she becomes bored and distant. Tony becomes greedy and selfish with his wealth, while the bank that launders his illegal money wants higher and higher fees. Manny and Gina begin dating behind Tony's back, afraid of what his reaction would be if he found out.

Tony is arrested for laundering $1,300,000 and tax evasion by Mel Seidenbaum, a local money launderer who turns out to be an undercover cop. Tony posts 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 US Justice Department to keep Tony out of prison. Tony is reluctant to kill a civilian, but seeing no other options, agrees to the deal. Manny tries to talk Tony out of going to New York, even though Tony doesn't 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 restaurant. Later, an intoxicated Tony starts yelling at the patrons for looking at him in disgust. He tells them that they need to look down on a man like him — a "bad guy" — in order to feel better about themselves. After his tirade, Tony storms out of the restaurant with Ernie in tow.

Tony and Alberto, Sosa's most senior associate, travel to New York looking for the activist. Alberto plants a bomb under the activist's car, planning to detonate it before 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 once he finds out 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 Tony 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 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 gun, 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 throws 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 mortally wounded himself. 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. Tony falls from his balcony into a small pool in the lobby below, floating face-down in the water beneath a statue carrying the inscription "The World Is Yours".

Scarface:The World Is YoursEdit

The video game titled Scarface: The World Is Yours, a quasi-sequel to the film, features an alternate ending in which Tony escapes Sosa's assassins only to see his mansion seized by the "Vice". In the opening scene of the game — the original "ending" scene of the movie — Montana detects his would-be assassin and shoots him before escaping his mansion. He then spends the next three months hiding before beginning a quest to rebuild his empire and get revenge on Sosa.

During this quest for vengeance, Tony has to take down several rivals who are eager to take over his empire after the assassination attempt, among them Gaspar Gomez, the Diaz brothers, Nacho Contreras and other figures from the movies.


In Popular CultureEdit

  • Since the release of Scarface, the Tony Montana character has been widely referenced and parodied in popular culture. In the world of Hip Hop, particularly Mafioso Rap, Montana is widely seen as a role model for his "outsider" status, rise from poverty to wealth and power and appetite for violence.
  • Since the release of the film, Tony's quote: "Say hello to my little friend" has become one of the most famous movie lines of all time, being used or parodied many times.
  • Each DVD release inspired the largely Hispanic population in Hudson County, New Jersey to "camp out" in front of retail stores such as Best Buy in Secaucus, as well as Circuit City in Union City. Both stores indicated record high sales on the release dates.
  • In the popular animated series, The Batman, the classic Batman villain The Ventriloquist is featured with a revised design for his puppet. The puppet in the show is dressed in Tony Montana's trademark white suit, rather than a wardrobe reminiscent of Al Capone, which he wore in the original comic books.
  • Hitman: Codename 47, the first game of the popular Hitman series, features a character named Pablo Belisario Ochoa. He is almost entirely based on Tony Montana, having similar appearance and even saying "Hello to my little friend" upon the first encounter with him. Pablo is a Colombian druglord who resides deep in the jungle, protected by his small army and is very strong. Ironically, Tony Montana states in the movie that he dislikes Colombians.
  • A widely circulated fictitious story stated that the number of times "Fuck" was said in Scarface inspired the "182" in blink-182.
  • Lines from the film are also frequently sampled in hip-hop songs. The Houston-based Geto Boys were one of the earliest rap groups to sample the lines and dialogue. During Public Enemy's "Welcome to the Terrordome", Flavor Flav recites several lines from the film. Also on Wu-Tang Clan member, Raekwon's classic debut album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., at the intro of the song "Criminology". There are samples of dialog used from the scene where Sosa yells to Tony over the phone "I told you a long time ago you fuckin little monkey not to FUCK ME!". Followed by Tony fumingly yelling back "Hey hey, who the FUCK you think you talkin to huh??!" "Who the fuck you think I am your fuckin bell boy?" "You wanna go to war?.... Wanna go to war, OK?". Music from the movie has also been sampled in the instrumentals for hip-hop songs such as Mobb Deep's "G.O.D. Pt. III", Esham "Bolivia" and "It's Mine". Nas' "The World is Yours" takes its title from the motto Montana lived by. One hip-hop artist, Brad Jordan (later a member of the Geto Boys) has even gone so far as to name himself Scarface after the film, and another goes by the name Tony Montana. Jay-Z's 1996 debut album, Reasonable Doubt, also features rapper Pain in da Ass performing a monologue of Omar's lines to Montana regarding the deal with the Colombian's on the intro to the song "Can't Knock the Hustle". In A Milli by Lil Wayne he says, "Tony told us this world was ours." which is a reference to the globe above the fountain that says the world is yours. The rap group G-Unit also uses lines from the film in their song "My Buddy". There are also quotations from the song "Love Missile F1-11" by pop group Sigue Sigue Sputnik. The memorable line from the car scene where Tony yells "I told ya, don't fuck with me, stupid fuck. Look at you now!" serves as the opening line of the song "Kill Me A Mutha" by Obie Trice on his 2006 album, Second Round's On Me.
  • Various Latin rap artists such as Fat Joe, Big Pun, Cuban Link and The Beatnuts have sampled lines from the movie.
  • Sampled in songs by Klashnekoff, a British rap artist.
  • Bay-area rap artist Andre Nickatina has a song named "Tony Montana" from his album Khan! The Me Generation in which he explains that girls say he acts like Tony Montana. He also references Montana in many other songs.
  • Serbian psychobilly musician Toni Montano chose his pseudonym after Tony Montana.
  • In the third episode of Code Monkeys, an 8-bit version of Tony Montana is shown, renamed Tony Dakota, and is a drug lord that Dave and Jerry end up owing $30,000 to.
  • In the movie Reno 911!: Miami there is a character named Ethan, the drug lord who dresses like Tony Montana and pretends to be Cuban.
  • Many of the villains from the Grand Theft Auto video and computer game series have been inspired by the bad guys in Scarface, especially in GTA Vice City and Vice City Stories.
  • In the game World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, the final boss of the Gundrak dungeon quotes Tony Montana yelling "Say hello to my big friend" before unleashing a rhinoceros upon the players.
  • Tee shirts from various manufactures have appeared in the US and other countries, citing "The Rules" according the Tony Montana. They consist of:

1. Everyday above ground is a good day. 2. All you have in this world is your balls and your word. Don't break 'em for nobody. 3. Never get high on your own supply. 4. Always remember, this is business. 5. Always tell the truth, even when you lie. 6. Every dog has his day. 7. You're always going to be the "Bad Guy." 8. Never underestimate the other guy's greed. 9. Never forget, the world is yours. 10. Never trust nobody.

  • In the American animated series The Boondocks, created by Aaron McGruder for the Adult Swim programming block of Turner Broadcasting's Cartoon Network, based upon McGruder's comic strip of the same name, one of the main characters, Riley Freeman, is highly influenced by Tony Montana, as he quotes several lines from the movie, and even wears a white suit similar to the one Tony Montana wears in the movie.
  • Stephen Lynch created a song named The Ballad of Scarface where he sings about the events in the movie
  • The song "Weed,Blow,Pills" performed by Three 6 Mafia, features the line "Rappers get so high like they Tony Montana"
  • In the Man v. Food episode, Honolulu, Adam pretends a huge pancake mixer is a bazooka and says in a Cuban accent "Say hello to my little pancake friend".
  • In the song "The World Iz Yourz" by hip-hop artist Young Problemz, Tony Montana's name is repeated many times throughout the song. The song also references many of "The Rules."

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