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"Every dog has his day" .... Tony Montana turns 70



ScarfaceAl Pacino is not Mr. '80s. His best work came before (Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon) and after (Glengarry Glenn Ross, Scent of a Woman). Still, chances are that any '80s fan can quote at least one Pacino movie from the '80s start to finish.

Yep, the great Scarface from 1983. (Did you really think I was going to say Author, Author?)

Back in my college years, there were two movies that my friends and I rented and watched religiously each year: The Blues Brothers and Scarface. There days, there's no need to rent them. The DVDs sit proudly on a shelf at home, and the cable networks have them in regular rotation.

Pacino turned 70 years old over the weekend. But he doesn't look a day over 71. These days, you can find him on HBO playing the role of Dr. Jack Kevorkian in You Don't Know Jack. (Bad title. Really bad.) And thanks to his less-than-prolific work in the '80s, it's easy to do a top 5 list. There were only five movies to pick from.


5. REVOLUTION (1985): I love war movies, but this one made me wish we'd surrendered to the British.

4. AUTHOR AUTHOR (1982): The cute and fuzzy phase of Pacino's career lasted exactly one movie.

3. CRUISING (1980): New York City's gay community reportedly was less than thrilled with Pacino playing a sex-crazed cop in the West Village. Protests marked the production. Indifference marked the box office.

2. SEA OF LOVE (1989): Oh good, another cop role for Pacino. Because I guess "Serpico" hadn't played one enough already. Thankfully, Ellen Barkin provides the happy ending here.

1. SCARFACE (1983): Repeat after me: "In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women."

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