IFC Throwback Thursdays kicks off tonight with a double airing of Scarface starting at 8/7c.
Since its 1983 release, Brian De Palma’s Scarface has been embraced as a genuine classic loved by hip-hop and action fans alike. Part of the appeal comes from its stylized atmosphere, which nearly drowns in fun ’80s culture signifiers. Here are some of the best.
1. The Mountain of Cocaine
The 1980s drug of choice. Cocaine makes its presence known early in Scarface but takes a starring role when we see an unprecedented mountain of it on Tony’s desk. Pure ’80s excess.
2. “Push It to the Limit”
Tony’s massive rise in the drug world comes accompanied by this, the mother of all montage songs. The sequence is so ’80s, it almost seems like intentional kitsch thrown in by smirking time-travelers.
3. Manic Al Pacino
Gone is the quiet, introspective actor of The Godfather. In his place rises today’s Pacino – an enthralling ball of hyperactive energy, aided ever so slightly by a cartoonish Cuban accent.
4. Any Scenes Which Feature People Wearing Clothes
Take the 1970s leisure suit, but bring it in a little. Meanwhile, add lots of gold chains and chest hair. Mustaches are optional but encouraged.