Scarface was a gangster film loosely based upon real life gangster Al Capone. The movie takes place during the height of prohibition, instead of drugs, the biggest money maker back in the day was Beer and hard alcohol. Yes, people were killing each other over bootleg kegs of beer. Paul Muni plays the lead, Tony Camonte an up and coming brutish street thug who'll do anything to get to the top.
Shot on a low budget and a tight filming schedule, the film has became a cinema classic none the less. Tony is a hardcore gangster, rubbing out people in their hospital beds, inside of pay phones or a simple drive by shooting innocent people as well as the intended targets (drive by's did not just begin in the 80's people). Along with his right hand man (George Raft) the two quickly ascend to the top of the local crime world. But as with all gangsters the fast rising ones always fall the hardest. Filled with ultra violence and old school tough guy dialog, Scarface is one of the best of the genre. Ann Dvorak co-stars as Tony's sister (whom he has a major jones for) and Boris Karloff as a competing crime lord.