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Antonio "Tony" Montana is a fictional character in the remake of the 1932 film Scarface portrayed by Al Pacino. The character also appears in the 2006 video game titled Scarface: The World Is Yours. In the game, Pacino's likeness is used, however, Montana is voiced by André Sogliuzzo, hand picked by Al Pacino himself. Oliver Stone came up with the name by combining the last name of his then-favorite football player (Joe Montana) and the first name from the main character of the 1932 film version, Tony Camonte, played by Paul Muni.

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Tony Montana was born in Havana, Cuba on May 5, 1940. His father was American, who took Tony to American-language films, and his mother was a homemaker. At the time Montana was a child, his father had left the family and fled back to the United States leaving his mother, sister and himself in Cuba.


Tony Montana arrives in Miami from his native Cuba on the Mariel Boatlift in 1980. Montana is initially refused entry into the US and sent along with his best friend Manny Ribera (Steven Bauer) to a make-shift detention camp. In the camp, Tony carries out a cartel hit that earns him and his friends an early release, green cards and a job washing dishes at a tiny food stand. Tony and Manny soon quit their jobs after Omar (F. Murray Abraham) offers them a job to do a cocaine exchange with some dangerous Colombians. The deal goes horribly wrong. Angel, another refugee, and Tony are ambushed, and Angel is dismembered with a chainsaw. In the commotion, Manny is shot, but the group escapes with the buy money and the drugs. Montana and his associates earn the respect and admiration of a powerful drug kingpin, Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia), who offers them jobs. Tony sets to establish himself as a major player in the cocaine industry. For the next three months, Tony and Manny handle jobs for Frank and become highly respected in his organization. Tony eventually sets his sights on taking Lopez's mistress Elvira Hancock (Michelle Pfeiffer). Tony hopes to realize a dream he once thought was impossible: to have "the world and everything in it." Tony then visits his mother (Miriam Colon) and his sister, Gina (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). It was implied that his father left the family but his mother and sister still lives in the house. He doesn't get along with his mother, who recognizes him for the sociopath he is. He adores Gina, but he brutalizes any other man who tries to form a relationship with her. Frank soon sends Tony and Omar to meet Alejandro Sosa (Paul Shenar), a Bolivian drug lord. Sosa then tells Omar to go back to Miami and discuss his proposition with Frank, but he then reveals to Tony, Omar was an informer in drugs trial in New York a few years ago, as Tony observes Omar being hung from a helicopter. Realizing his danger, Tony negotiates a deal with Sosa for $25 million for 2000 kilos of cocaine and then an ongoing operation of Sosa supplying Tony with 400 kilos of cocaine a month. Back in Miami, Frank is furious that Tony negotiated such an outlandish deal and Tony decides to leave Franks organization. A corrupt police officer named Mel Bernstein (Harris Yulin) meets with Tony at the Babylon Club, where he proposes to "tax" him on his transactions. There the two negotiate a large bribe for Bernstein, along with first-class airline tickets to London. Tony is shot at by two Colombian hitmen in the Babylon, and narrowly escapes in the shootout that follows. Tony and Manny then go to Frank about the attack. Frank confesses to Tony that the attack was ordered by him and begs Tony not to kill him. Instead, Tony orders Manny to kill him. Tony assumes control of Franks storehouses, which were used for cocaine storage and distribution, and tells all Franks old men and associates they now work for him. He completes his business deal with Sosa shortly after. Tony made $75 million from selling the 2000 kilos and from his and Sosa's ongoing arrangement was soon making $10–$15 million a month, which was laundered for him by a corrupt banker, Jerry. Tony marries Elvira, makes Manny his second-in-command and head of security at his two storehouses the lavish mansion Tony buys with part of his first $75 million. He even bought Gina her own beauty parlor. Meanwhile, Manny and Gina began dating behind his back, and Tony and Elvira become heavily addicted to cocaine. Tony is later caught attempting to launder $1.3 million by undercover cops, and faces up to three years in prison. Sosa confronts Tony and informs him that he can make sure he does not face any prison time, but only if he supervises the assassination of a journalist who is troubling Sosa's entire drug operation in Bolivia. Reluctantly, Tony agrees and plants a car bomb. Tony and the hitman, Alberto, are then surprised to see the man's wife and two daughters enter the car with him at his hotel. Repulsed at the idea of murdering children Tony demands that the plan be aborted, but the hitman insists on obeying Sosa's orders. In a cocaine-induced rage, Tony murders Alberto. Manny and Gina disappear and get married while Tony is in New York; they believe that in joining together respectably, they would win Tony's approval. Tony returns to his mansion, where by then his wife has left him, and learns that Sosa has sent thugs after him, after Tony and an angry Sosa have an arguement over the phone. Then he visits his mother again and finds out about Gina's disappearance, in which she lives in a "fancy house" in Coconut Grove. He goes there finds Manny and Gina together, flies into a rage and kills Manny. He then takes his hysterical sister to his house. Gina then berates him for his sins, speculating that he is so protective towards her because he wants her for himself; she tries to seduce him, then takes out a gun and begins shooting at him, wounding him in the leg. Meanwhile, Sosa's Bolivian hitmen invade Tony's mansion, killing his henchmen and, accidentally, Gina. Wild with rage, Tony charges the killer and throws him off his balcony into the pool below, where he shoots him. Soon, he notices the soldiers Sosa sent to murder him on his surveillance system and sits on the floor of his office, sobbing over Gina's corpse as Chi Chi bangs on his door, pleading for him to open it. Tony, completely oblivious, watches from the surveillance monitor as Chi Chi is shot dead outside. Sosa's soldiers gather in Tony's main hall, several of them in front of his door. Tony takes an M16 rifle with an M203 grenade launcher attachment from his weapon locker and loads up on ammunition. Opposition mounts just outside of the door to his room ready to take him out. He yells his iconic catchphrase "Say hello to my little friend!" and blows the door apart. He walks out calmly and kills all the Bolivians near him with his rifle. He then walks out to his balcony and opens fire on his would-be assassins. The attackers fire back as well, hitting Tony repeatedly, but without much effect, as Montana, fueled by grief, rage and massive amounts of cocaine, continues to taunt them. However, Sosa's head assassin is able to enter Tony's office and shoot Tony from behind with a double-barreled shotgun. Tony topples over the balcony into the pool below, dead, with the "The World Is Yours" statue being shown as the credits roll, as a final dramatic irony.

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