Money, Power and Respect: The Gangster Life

Essay by kumitul2003A, March 2009

download word file, 10 pages 0.0

With a scar on the left side on his face, half of which is on his cheek and the other half went through his eye brow, Tony Montana arrived in United States as a Cuban political refugee and died as a drug lord in the movie "Scarface". The director, Brian de Palma, used the real life setting of the Cuban refugee as back drop of the old Scarface (1932), which is based on Italian mafia. The role Tony Montana, played by Al Pacino, is an illegal immigrant who fled from Fidel Castro's communist government and came to America for prosperous life. Although the movie was made in the early eighties with Cuban history, Tony Montana is still a symbol of anger and desperation of the harsh reality for immigrants in American slums. Even today, the movie "Scarface (1983)" gives a bit of Cuban history and it is still a big influence on American society; Scarface shows the horrifying consequences of reaching towards the American Dream through easier way, which is dealing with the drug.

The movie starts with the history 1980s Cuban immigrant revolt. The Cuban and American's bitter relationship goes as far as 1950s when the Castro government took over all the American property inside Cuba. This results in the barrier between America and Cuba. The relationship turned even worst in 1961 at the Bay of Pigs when fifteen hundred Cuban exiles sent by CIA to topple down the Castro. The effort of CIA and Cuban exiles was ousted by the Cuban force in matter of days. Since then the relationship was never the same (Bulliet 609). The movie was made during the time of Fidel Castro when he was send prisoners to US harbor and thousands and thousands of refugees landed on the American shore. Cubans at...