Your fav Al Pacino performance ?

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Posted by elkoldo (1782 posts) 3 years, 10 months ago

Poll: Your fav Al Pacino performance ? (24 votes)

The Panic In Needle Park ('71) 0%
The Godfather ('72) 8%
Serpico ('73) 0%
Scarecrow ('73) 4%
The Godfather: Part 2 ('74) 4%
Dog Day Afternoon ('75) 4%
...And justice For All ('79) 0%
Scarface ('83) 42%
The Godfather: Part 3 ('90) 0%
Scent of a Woman ('92) 8%
Heat ('95) 21%
Other (mention) 8%

You know , Al Pacino, the Italian-American Hollywood legend.I know it might be difficult to pick one out of so many wonderful performances , but , if you were to pick only one , which would it be ? Note that I want your opinion on his best performance only , it doesn't necessarily mean it's in the best or most famous movie he participated in.

I love him in all of the mentioned titles, particularly in Scarecrow, as a father who'd go crazy and catatonic if he found out his son,whom he waited 5 years to see, was stillborn.This ,plus his line to Gene Hackman :

"You know something ? I think you're gonna be real sorry when you find out I didn't do anything.That it wasn't my fault.Real sorry."

made Francis "Lionel" unforgettable for me.So what about you ?

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#2 Edited by uninspiredcup (25632 posts) -

Insomnia. Christopher Nolans best film as well imo. No lame ass M. Shyamalan plot twist or overlong terrible pacing. Robin Williams is also really good in it.

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#3 Posted by Master_Live (18821 posts) -

Let me just say that I love Pacino he is probably my favorite actor of all time. In chronological order:

  • The Godfather: 10/10
  • Serpico: 8/10
  • The Godfather 2: 10/10
  • Dog Day Afternoon: 7/10
  • ...And Justice for All.: 7/10
  • Scarface: 8/10
  • Dick Tracy: 7/10
  • The Godfather 3: 10/10
  • Glengarry Glen Ross: 6/10
  • Scent of a Woman: 8/10
  • Carlito's Way: 8/10
  • Heat: 10/10
  • Donnie Brasco: 8/10
  • The Devil's Advocate: 7/10
  • The Insider: 8/10
  • Any Given Sunday: 5/10
  • Insomnia: 7/10
  • The Recruit: 7/10
  • Two for the Money: 6/10
  • 88 Minutes: 6/10
  • Phil Spector: 5/10

My favorite Al Pacino performance is as Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part 2. After that his performances in Serpico, Godfather 1, Dick Tracy, Heat and Donnie Brasco are my favorites.

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#4 Posted by alim298 (2747 posts) -

The devil's advocate

Insomnia.

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#5 Posted by bowchicka07 (1104 posts) -

"All I have in this world is my balls and my word and I don't break them for no one."

Scarface. He literally made that movie.

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#6 Posted by indzman (27735 posts) -

@Iszdope said:

Say hello to my little friend Scarface.

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#7 Posted by LittleMac19 (1638 posts) -

Donnie Brasco, loved the movie and his performance was a huge part of that.

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#8 Posted by uninspiredcup (25632 posts) -

Thought Scarface was a bit over the top and campy. Which is great, but it's much easier to do than something like the subtle and nuanced internal conflict in Insomnia,

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#9 Edited by vfibsux (4497 posts) -

@alim298 said:

The devil's advocate

This. How could you leave this off?!

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#10 Posted by Postal_Guy (2643 posts) -

Scarface

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#11 Posted by VaguelyTagged (10701 posts) -

i'd say Insomnia.

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#12 Posted by GazaAli (25216 posts) -

Impossible to decide. I can't think of a role that Al Pacino did not excel in. Nevertheless if I were made to choose I'd sat Insomnia.

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#13 Edited by elkoldo (1782 posts) -

Hmm...looks like Al in Insomnia is loved by many.Honestly I thought Robin Williams was showing off the shining performance in that movie, but ,well ,that don't mean Al wasn't great in it !

@Master_Live said:

Let me just say that I love Pacino he is probably my favorite actor of all time. In chronological order:

  • The Godfather: 10/10
  • Serpico: 8/10
  • The Godfather 2: 10/10
  • Dog Day Afternoon: 7/10
  • ...And Justice for All.: 7/10
  • Scarface: 8/10
  • Dick Tracy: 7/10
  • The Godfather 3: 10/10
  • Glengarry Glen Ross: 6/10
  • Scent of a Woman: 8/10
  • Carlito's Way: 8/10
  • Heat: 10/10
  • Donnie Brasco: 8/10
  • The Devil's Advocate: 7/10
  • The Insider: 8/10
  • Any Given Sunday: 5/10
  • Insomnia: 7/10
  • The Recruit: 7/10
  • Two for the Money: 6/10
  • 88 Minutes: 6/10
  • Phil Spector: 5/10

My favorite Al Pacino performance is as Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part 2. After that his performances in Serpico, Godfather 1, Dick Tracy, Heat and Donnie Brasco are my favorites.

You ain't seen The Panic and Scarecrow ? Shame , I'd like to know how you'd rate Al in them.And 7/10 for Al in Justice For All is pretty goddamn unfair , he was ten itself in that movie.

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#14 Posted by elkoldo (1782 posts) -

C'mon guys , tell me what you think of him in The Panic ,Scarecrow and And Justice.Those are my very favorite ones.

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#15 Edited by Braun_Roid_Rage (790 posts) -

I can't answer that, it's too hard. It would have to be between Godfather, Scarface & Heat. Him & De Niro in Heat were masterful though man.

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#16 Edited by platinumking320 (668 posts) -

@elkoldo: And justice ran a close second to me. Scarface showed the most transformation of character, but And Justice was passionate, after his client hung himself, that last closing argument turnaround killed it.

"you're out of order! you're out of order!"

Fuckit. Its a tie tween And justice For All and Scarface. That ending...daaaammn.

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#17 Posted by Master_Live (18821 posts) -

It is polite when people use the spoiler block feature whenever possible to avoid spoiling a movie for fellow forumites.

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#18 Edited by uninspiredcup (25632 posts) -

Apparently he was offered to do the voice of two face in TAS.

Would have been quite cool.

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#19 Posted by 187umKILLAH (1414 posts) -

Scarface, one of the first DVD's I ever bought. Classic movie, I've still got a giant Scarface poster somewhere too.

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#20 Posted by elkoldo (1782 posts) -

@187umKILLAH said:

Scarface, one of the first DVD's I ever bought. Classic movie, I've still got a giant Scarface poster somewhere too.

Yeah I got a poster of Al Pacino in Scarface ,too.I got it with my version of the game ,Scarface; The World Is Yours ,back in the good ol' 2005.

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#21 Edited by Brutal_Elitegs (16425 posts) -

Probably Dog Day Afternoon

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#22 Posted by patrick5152003 (1821 posts) -

you get hit by your car while walking your little doggy

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#23 Edited by 187umKILLAH (1414 posts) -

@elkoldo said:

@187umKILLAH said:

Scarface, one of the first DVD's I ever bought. Classic movie, I've still got a giant Scarface poster somewhere too.

Yeah I got a poster of Al Pacino in Scarface ,too.I got it with my version of the game ,Scarface; The World Is Yours ,back in the good ol' 2005.

Good score, mine is about a metre in length... and the posters pretty long too! XD

Got the giant poster laminated years ago.

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#24 Edited by 187umKILLAH (1414 posts) -

For some reason I was reminded of this video, someone uses an Al Pacino soundboard and prank calls a white gangsta wannabe. A lot of it is from Glengary Glen Ross, funny stuff.

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#25 Posted by elkoldo (1782 posts) -

@187umKILLAH said:

For some reason I was reminded of this video, someone uses an Al Pacino soundboard and prank calls a white gangsta wannabe. A lot of it is from Glengary Glen Ross, funny stuff.

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Just how many times the holy word "****" was used in this conversation ?

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#26 Posted by korvus (10747 posts) -

@elkoldo Your favorite Al Pacino performances are the ones where he wears a trench coat, right? (Sorry, couldn't resist =P)

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#27 Posted by elkoldo (1782 posts) -

@korvus: Maybe,I haven't noticed, but I'm pretty sure he wears a suit or at least a shirt under his trench coat, it's not like he wears nothing under it ! =P

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#28 Posted by korvus (10747 posts) -

@elkoldo: Pshh...more pockets = more porn storage space...that's all...

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#29 Posted by elkoldo (1782 posts) -
@korvus said:

@elkoldo: Pshh...more pockets = more porn storage space...that's all...

Haha...another Lol

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#30 Posted by Detroit222 (5371 posts) -

He's great in just about anything he does BUT my favorite scene is in Godfather 72 where he tells Sonny rather chillingly "it's not personal. It's just business." and his face sort of "hardens" and he turns into "scary/business" Michael that he'll be in 2 and 3. WHEW!

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#31 Edited by BeardMaster (1686 posts) -

lol at people that say scarface, Such a terrible movie. Though for some reason is really popular amongst ghetto trash. AKA the same folks wearing yankees hats despite knowing nothing about baseball.

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#32 Edited by BlackGenjii (256 posts) -

@bowchicka07 said:

Scarface. He literally made that movie.

Amen bro. Indeed, without his performance Scarface would not be the iconic movie it is today.

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#33 Posted by sukraj (27390 posts) -

Scarface

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#34 Edited by elkoldo (1782 posts) -

Hey today's Al Pacino's birthday.Happy birthday good ol' Al.

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#35 Posted by Flubbbs (4903 posts) -

Heat.. his best performance and movie

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#36 Posted by mjorh (6742 posts) -

The Godfather !

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#37 Edited by MirkoS77 (12780 posts) -

I don't even need to look at the poll results to know that Scarface is probably the winner, but my favorite is Scent of a Woman. That ending speech stands up there as one of the all-time cinema greats.