Tony Montana (Al Pacino) and Manny Ribera (Steven Bauer) are Cuban refugees to Florida who are locked in jail for political activism. In jail, Manny’s contact named Omar Suarez (F. Murray Abraham) wants them to do something for him for a price: to kill a man in jail who incidentally has sinned against Tony. Green Cards are given to them and to fellow prisoners.
There they meet Suarez and wants them to do marijuana trade to certain people. But Tony, the tough principled man, gets angry at his own discretion wants to do a high paying job. Suarez, who underestimates Tony, agrees to let them do cocaine instead. Tony’s plan gets mess up when, Manny, a womanizer, comes late to the scene and makes the dealings complicated. But Tony ends the deal with pure violence and cleverness.
Tony meets Suarez’s boss Frank Lopez and makes Tony as partner, knowing his abilities and real guts in the drug business. There he also meets a big-time drug lord Sosa, Lopez’s business associate, and have Tony hired by him, who also notices Tony’s honesty and determination, qualities a man should have in a world of illegal business. However Tony, a too ambitious of a man, wants to have it all. He takes Lopez’s wife Elvira (Michelle Pfeiffer) and kills Lopez. Tony kills Lopez for betraying him, a basic rule that has been known to a family of gangsters: loyalty.
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Tony now is hired by Sosa as his partner and the rest is history. Tony makes money in a blink of an eye, depositing large amounts of money in Miami bank, but the bank refuses later because the laundering seems to come to no end. Tony begins to consume his own supply of drugs that resulted to paranoia. His wife Elvira gets hook too with cocaine that results into an unhappy married life. Tony’s success is beginning to fade away when Sosa wants his help to kill a guy who are trying to obstruct their business.
Tony who is still a good-hearted man screws up for killing the man whom should have detonated the bomb inside the enemy’s car. While Sosa is very disappointed and angry, Tony got very intoxicated with cocaine when he kills his partner Manny for a thought of screwing his sister, but the two have just get married and want to surprise him.
The story ends in Tony’s capacity for real violence. Tony has himself killed by Sosa’s men. As the famous lines of Sosa, “Don’t fuck with me Tony.” But Tony does. Tony ends his life with a seemingly meaningless purpose of an ambition that is put into waste