SCARFACE
SF on TV! LOL!


INTRODUCTION (different version--and month!)

In April 1980, Fidel Castro opened the harbor at Mariel, Cuba, allowing an estimated 125,000 people to emigrate to the United States. This group of refugees included a very small number of violent criminals released from Castro's jails. This movie is a fictitous account of one of those Mariel criminals who arrived in Miami that year.


Here are some notes taken while watching the TELEVISED version
of Scarface--which includes extra footage:


EXTRA FOOTAGE:
While in Freedom Town, we see Tony in a phone booth trying to call what I assume is Gina (from a photo of a young girl). There's no answer, and he hangs up. Angel is also making calls, trying to find his brother, Pablo, by looking up all the Fernandez' in the phone book. He gets hung up on. Tony meets up with Manny, who's hanging with Chi Chi. Manny tells Tony that he hears that 9 out of 10 don't get out of the place, especially after riots, etc. Tony says: "You got'em by the balls (buns), okay; And when you got'em by the balls, their hearts, and their minds, will follow." We then see them watching television: actor looks like Bogart. Then we see Tony and Manny chatting in the barracks.

DELETED:
For some reason, the line MIAMI, FLORIDA, AUGUST 11, 1980 (UPI) from the press release.


DUBBED:
While Tony's stabbing Rebenga, he says: "Rebenga! From the friend you killed!"


CUT:
Most of the chainsaw scenes. And instead of Tony saying "Fuck you!" to Hector, he says: "Forget it!"


CUT:
Bullet to Hector's head.


EXTRA FOOTAGE:
At the Babylon club, before Frank shows Tony who "El Gordo" is, he points out someone else: Louis and Miguel Echevierra, in charge of "the biggest distribution setup from here, to Tuscon, and LA."


VIDEO DUBS:
There is some different video used for the scene where Tony and Elvira are dancing. Also, after Elvira says Tony "would be the last thing [she'd] ever want, Tony says: "I'll believe it when I see it."


CUT:
Manny wiggling his tongue, showing Tony what American woman "know" and "understand."


CUT:
Elvira snorting coke in the car after Tony picks her up.


EXTRA FOOTAGE:
When Tony visits his mother's house, he presents her with a gift, which she non-verbally wouldn't accept. Tony says "So here we are, the Three Muskateers" as he opens the champagne bottle he brought. He then makes a toast "to America."


CHANGED:
The screen text that said "COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA" was changed to "SOUTH AMERICA"


EXTRA FOOTAGE:
We see Sosa's fiancee, Gabriella Martini, on a white horse, talking to Sosa.


EXTRA FOOTAGE:
We see Tony meeting with George, a lawyer, the one whom we see later that says: "honey baby, it's hard to convince a jury you found it in a taxi cab." Tony gives him $100,000 to become his lawyer to "help him branch out" now that he's not working for Frank.


RECAP at beginning of Part Two shows excerpts from these scenes: First scene, Omar in car, meeting Hector, meeting Frank, meeting Elvira, visiting Mama and Gina, at table with Sosa and Omar, return to Frank's, asking Mel "how much?" which over-laps from Part I into Part II


CUT:
Fernando's hand on Gina's ass.


CUT:
In the Babylon Club, Deborah Harry's (AKA Blondie) song "Rush, Rush" is playing. In the televised version, the lyrics are not heard!


CUT:
The comedian's line after he welcomes everyone to the Babylon club and makes a joke that with coke, they'd all be "babblin' on." Some of the other jokes were cut, too.


CUT:
The hitmen getting shot in the knees by Tony in the club.


CHANGED:
Elvira doesn't say "Can't you stop saying fuck all the time?" This scene seems to have been overdubbed with other video, as we can see her lips say "can't you stop talking about money all the time?"


EXTRA FOOTAGE:
While in New York with Alberto, Ernie tells Tony: "Hey, Tony, the cops. The cops are here." Tony gets out of the car, and walks into the middle of the street, while Alberto is under the car. The cops stop, and Tony asks them whether they've seen a "missing dog." After the cops leave, Tony pretending to be a cop, knocks on the car that Alberto is under and tells him to come out. Alberto rolls out from under with a gun drawn, not appreciating the joke.


EDITED:
Manny gets shot once instead of twice.


CUT:
The sound of Tony snorting coke.


CHANGED:
The last scene where Tony's shooting the "maricons" is shortened, showing less killing.




AND THE FUNNIEST THING ABOUT THE TV VERSION...
THE OVERDUBBED QUOTES!





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