Al Pacino's most iconic movie role: Michael Corleone or Tony Montana? | The Tylt
Al Pacino's most iconic movie role: Michael Corleone or Tony Montana?
Pacino was just getting started as Michael in "The Godfather," for which he received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination in 1973. Although he had lots of screen time in the first film, the sequel is where Pacino really got to lead as the heir to Don Vito.
Here's the plot to "The Godfather: Part II," per IMDB:
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.
Michael Corleone is regarded as both a villain and tragic hero. Although Pacino was passed over many times by the Academy until he won for "Scent of a Woman," Michael Corleone is arguably his most acclaimed role ever.
"If history has taught us anything, it's that you can kill anyone." Watch this legendary clip from "The Godfather: Part II" below.
Pacino definitely had a lot to work with when he played Cuban drug lord Tony Montana. The character is a super-showy role that will forever be considered one of cinema's most over-the-top villains. In fact, Tony Montana is a cultural icon who is extremely quotable.
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.
Pacino was nominated many times before he won his first Oscar, but many moviegoers argue he was snubbed for playing Tony in this movie classic. So many classic quotes. "Say hello to my little friend!" may be the most memorable movie line ever. Watch the clip below.