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Five Films That Should Never, Ever Be Remade

Shant Istamboulian | 24 Jun 2015 12:00
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SCARFACE (1983)

Correct, Brian De Palma's cult classic was in fact a remake of Howard Hawks' gangster film of the same name (loosely based on Al Capone). But it was De Palma's film, with its profane and violent Oliver Stone script and iconic Al Pacino performance as Tony Montana, which became part of pop culture history - thus making any plans for a remake a fool's errand, pure and simple. Yet one has been in the works for what seems like an eternity, with the latest iteration taking place in Los Angeles instead of Florida. Like Hawks' film before it, De Palma's version was widely criticized for its over-the-top violence (who could forget the infamous chainsaw scene?), drug use, and language. At a time where we've literally seen it all in film and television, a new version would seem downright quaint in comparison.

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