Scarface is a 1983 film directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone, and starring Al Pacino as Antonio (Tony) Montana. A loose remake of the 1932 Howard Hawks gangster film of the same title, it tells the story of a fictional Cuban refugee who comes to Florida in 1980 as a result of the Mariel Boatlift. Tony becomes a gangster against the backdrop of the 1980s cocaine boom. The movie chronicles his rise to the top of Miami's criminal underworld and subsequent downfall in Greek tragedy fashion. It's dedicated to Howard Hawks and Ben Hecht, who were the writers of the original Scarface.