The 1983 crime drama film Scarface, directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone, was filmed in various locations including Miami, Florida, the San Fernando Valley, Beverly Hills, and Santa Barbara, California. These locations served as the backdrop for the movie’s thrilling and action-packed sequences, transporting audiences into the gritty world of drug trafficking and organized crime. The use of these diverse settings also helped to add depth and texture to the film’s narrative, giving viewers a glimpse into the opulence and danger that defined Tony Montana’s rise to power.
Porsche Boutique Scene
Many people ask us, what auto-dealer did Tony buy the Porsche from in Scarface? It turns out that Elvira’s new 928 Porsche was purchased at the fictional Porsche Boutique and now known as Bentley Beverly Hills. And as you can see by the pictures, the place hasn’t changed much in 35 years.
It’s fascinating how little details in movies can pique people’s curiosity and leave them wanting to know more. One such example is the question of where Tony bought the Porsche from in Scarface. Well, it turns out that the car was purchased from the fictional Porsche Boutique, which is now known as Bentley Beverly Hills.
It’s amazing to see that the dealership has remained largely unchanged over the past 35 years. The same place that served as the backdrop for one of the most iconic scenes in cinema history is still standing and attracting car enthusiasts from around the world.
It’s also worth noting that the car itself, a 928 Porsche, is a classic that has continued to hold its value over the years. It’s a testament to the enduring appeal of the movie that even a car that was featured in it still holds such significance to this day.
Frank Lopez’ Mercedes Dealership
In the cult classic film Scarface, Lopez Motors is portrayed as a glamorous car dealership that served as a front for Frank Lopez’s nefarious dealings. Although the dealership itself is entirely fictional, its portrayal in the movie has captivated audiences for decades.
Interestingly, the Mercedes dealership shown in the film is actually located in Beverly Hills, California, and currently operates as the Beverly Hills’ Marshall Goldman car Dealer. Despite this, the iconic art-deco building that housed Lopez Motors remains virtually unchanged since its construction in the 1940s, preserving a slice of history and cinematic lore for generations to come.
Seen here as the old Beverly Hills Infiniti dealer.
The fact that the building is still standing today is a testament to the enduring legacy of Scarface and its cultural impact. MAP IT!! or google street view! / Thank you hamane for the tip!
The ‘El Paraiso’ Sandwich Bar And Club Scenes Los Angeles
According to sources, the location of The El Paraiso Restaurant, where Tony and Manny are shown washing dishes in Scarface, is believed to be at 375 E 2nd St in Los Angeles, CA 90012. However, this information remains unverified, and there is no concrete evidence to confirm this location.
On the other hand, the Little Havana dance club, which is visible in the background of the scene, was undoubtedly filmed in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. The exact address of the club, however, remains unclear, and the area has undergone significant redevelopment since the film’s release in 1983. Many of the buildings in the area have been transformed beyond recognition, leaving the exact location of the dance club shrouded in mystery. GOT A TIP?
If you happen to have any information about the precise address of the Little Havana dance club, please don’t hesitate to share it with us at hollywoodfilminglocations.com/send-in-a-tip. Your contribution could help film enthusiasts and historians piece together more about this iconic scene in Scarface. MAP IT!!
Montana Management Co. Building Location
It’s worth noting that the Montana Management Co. building seen in Scarface is not situated in Miami, but rather at 8623 West Sunset Blvd. in California.
Today, the building houses a real company called Montgomery Management. MAP IT!!
Chainsaw Scene At The Sunray Apartments
Did you know that the iconic drug deal and chainsaw scene in the classic movie Scarface was actually based on real events? Yes, you read that right! It was reported that Oliver Stone discovered this information from the Miami police, who told him about the gruesome events that occurred at an apartment building located at 728 Ocean Drive in Miami on the second floor.
Interestingly, this building now houses a CVS and formerly a Johnny Rockets on the ground floor. It’s hard to imagine that such a violent and gruesome scene took place inside the 10,000-square-foot commercial building. However, this hasn’t stopped fans of the movie from visiting this location every day.
The fact that this building still stands as a testament to the events that inspired one of the most iconic scenes in movie history is a testament to the impact that Scarface has had on popular culture. It’s no wonder that fans continue to be drawn to this location, eager to witness a piece of cinematic history firsthand. MAP IT!!
Overall, the real-life events that inspired Scarface only serve to highlight the film’s lasting legacy and continued relevance in modern times. It just goes to show that truth can indeed be stranger than fiction!
“Say Hello To My Little Friend”
While Scarface is set in Miami, Florida, the location of Tony Montana’s “Miami” house is actually not in Miami at all. In fact, the iconic mansion seen in the movie is located in Montecito, California.
The house, which is also known as El Fureidis, was designed in 1906 by the renowned architect Bertram Goodhue. It has an interesting history, having been owned by several famous personalities over the years, including newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and his girlfriend, actress Marion Davies.
It’s at this mansion that Tony Montana delivers his famous line, “Say hello to my little friend,” before engaging in a dramatic shootout with his enemies. The mansion has become a popular destination for Scarface fans, who come to see the location where one of the movie’s most iconic scenes was filmed.
Overall, it’s interesting how a movie set in one location can draw inspiration from various places and locations around the country. The fact that Tony Montana’s “Miami” house is actually located in California only adds to the mystique and allure of the movie, making it all the more intriguing for fans. map it! El Fureidis / Tropical Paradise, Montecito, CA 93108
Bags Full of Cash
A big shoutout to Johnny K. for providing us with a valuable tip! According to him, the Tri-American City Bank, featured in Scarface where Tony and his crew arrive in a van with bags of money, and the banker peers out of the window while they approach, is still standing today.
The building’s iconic columns and stairs with railings leading up to the lobby doors remain unchanged from the movie’s depiction.
If you’re curious about visiting the location yourself, you can easily locate it at 16000 Ventura Blvd in Encino, California not Miami. It’s fascinating how certain locations can retain their character and charm from iconic movies, and it’s always a treat to witness them in person. MAP IT!!
Frank Lopez’s Mansion
In the movie Scarface, the residence for the elderly was portrayed by a lavish estate located at 485 Matheson Drive on Key Biscayne. This is the spot where Tony first catches a glimpse of Elvira (played by Michelle Pfeiffer) from the glass elevator. Interestingly, the property was previously owned by former US President Richard Nixon, who utilized the adjacent property as his “winter White House” to retreat from Washington DC during the Watergate scandal.
The Babylon Club, which appeared in the film Scarface starring Al Pacino and was characterized by purple carpeting, Greek statues, mirrors, and a dance floor, was built on a sound stage in Los Angeles rather than an actual location.
While the exterior of the club is said to have been filmed at 3501 Southwest 130th Avenue in Davie, Florida, it has not been confirmed by hollywoodfilminglocations.com at the time of writing. Fans often speculate that this is the address, but any additional information about the location is welcome and can be sent to us.
Alejandro Sosa’s Bolivian Estate
The grand Spanish hacienda, located on Casa Bienvenida in Montecito, California, was originally constructed in 1930 for Alfred Dietrich. Designed by architect Addison Mizener, the lavish 32-room estate served as the filming location for the “Bolivian Estate” owned by the notorious South American drug lord, Alejandro Sosa, in Scarface.
The magnificent property, with its striking stucco walls, red-tile roof, and ornate wrought-iron accents, perfectly embodies the opulent lifestyle of Sosa’s character. The estate’s stunning gardens and fountains also feature prominently in the film’s iconic scenes, further adding to its grandeur and elegance. Today, the Casa Bienvenida mansion remains a sought-after location for filming, events, and luxury rentals, preserving its place in cinematic history as one of the most unforgettable settings of Scarface.
Directed By: Brian De Palma
Written By: Oliver Stone
First Published Apr 20, 2017, 9:55am
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