Scarface premiered December 1, 1983 in New York and was released throughout the USA
on December 9, 1983.
These pages are about the 1983 remake of the original 1932 Howard Hawks’ film, Scarface.
Despite this being a web site about Florida filming locations I will cover all the
locations for this movie be they in New York, California, or Florida. Originally
this film was to have been filmed entirely in Florida, but due to a hostile environment
caused by some Cuban Americans who did not like what they heard or guessed about
the way the movie was going to portray Cuban Americans, allot of the filming was
transferred to California. They did spend a couple of weeks in Florida filming and
had body guards and increased security around the filming. Sad that more of the
movie was not filmed in Florida but in my book it still qualifies as a classic, legendary
The movie opens with file footage of Fidel Castro speaking in Cuba about the dregs
of society that he is shipping off to the United States along with the people fleeing
Then we see what appears to be authentic footage from the Mariel boat lift.
Including what appears to me to be actual footage from Key West, Florida. If anyone
can confirm that this is in fact the Key West Coast Guard station please let me know
Then we see Tony Montana at his initial questioning upon arrival in Key West. This
appears to have been filmed on a set at Universal Studios in California but I have
not confirmed this yet. If you recognize this or any of the unknown locations in
this movie please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Having failed to fool the interrogators Tony finds himself on a bus headed north.
This was filmed on interstate 95 in South Miami approaching the Miami River. A
very brief glimpse can be seen of the O.C.B. Building (Gold Coast Shipping) from
Miami Vice. The Dade County Courthouse and other downtown skyscrapers are clearly
Then we cut to Freedomtown one month later. This was filmed in Los Angeles, California
under the interstate 10 highway where it meets with interstate 110. Thanks to one
of Brian De Palma’s famous aerial, downward shots, the location is not readily recognized
as L.A. It starts with the camera shooting southwest down the 110 freeway with a
truck on the exit from 110 to interstate 10 for Santa Monica and San Bernadino. The
camera pans to the west and north while turning down. Now another Al Pacino movie,
Heat, has filmed at this same intersection. They filmed the notable truck crashing
into the armored car scene at this same location just a few feet away.
After earning their freedom in Freedomtown we see them get their papers at the immigration
office. This appears to be a set at Universal studios.
Then we see Tony and Manny at their new American job at El Paraiso Restaurant. This
too was reportedly filmed in Los Angeles, in Little Tokyo. I have spent a couple
hours looking for this location but have been unable to locate it. I suspect both
the El Paraiso and the Little Havana Restaurant buildings no longer exist. Exact
Tony talks his way into a job buying and delivering 2 kilos of cocaine from some
Columbians. The scene opens in Miami, the real Miami with a shot of the Carlyle
Hotel on Ocean Drive at 13th Street where Miami Vice all started in Brother’s Keeper,
We see the crew arrive at Ocean Drive having driven up (east) 13th Street. As they
stop to admire two bathing beauties that are crossing the street we see the Cardozo
Hotel which was used for both Miami Vice and Burn Notice but is most famous for it’s
role in the Frank Sinatra movie, A Hole In The Head where it was Frank’s hotel, the
Garden of Eden.
Then they turn right (southbound) on Ocean Drive and we see a nice aerial shot of
Ocean Drive from the Beacon Hotel (720 Ocean Dr.) all the way north to 14th Place.
Camera direction at start of scene
Building seen in scene.
The number 375 that appears on the front of the restaurant may be a real address
as the 300 block does run through Little Tokyo in two directions.
Manny does a U-turn in front of the Beacon Hotel and parks facing north. Tony and
Angel walk across the street into the Sunray Apartments at 728 Ocean Drive. They
walk up the stairs to room 9 which is now a modeling agency. The deal could have
gone better but Tony ends up walking away with both the coke and the cash.
Then we see Tony report in via a pay phone. This was filmed on the MacArthur Causeway
in Miami with Star Island in the background.
Then we see Manny, Tony and Omar arrive at Frank Lopez’s place. The exterior is
the Atlantis at 2025 Brickell Avenue in Miami. This building is scene in the opening
montage of Miami Vice as well as several episodes, most notably in episode 4, Hit
List and episode 66, Viking Bikers From Hell.
As seen in Miami Vice, Hit List
Then we go inside Frank’s house. This was not filmed at the Atlantis but on Key
Biscayne at 485 Matheson Drive. This property was the winter white house during
the Nixon Administration and Richard Nixon spent allot of time here as President
of the United States. However; the Nixon house is not the same house. That was
a smaller house that was torn down and replaced by the one we see here. This location
has since been used in numerous episodes of Miami Vice including The Great McCarthy,
Calderone’s Demise, Golden Triangle, and Back In The World.
Tony sees Frank’s girl, Elvira for the first time as she enters via the elevator.
Lt. Castillo arrives in this same elevator to then General Lao Li’s living room in
Then they all decide to go to eat at the Babylon Club. Thanks to filminglocationsdetecties.com
we know this was filmed in what is now South West Ranches, Florida. At what was
The Kapok Tree Inn, 3501 SW 130st Avenue. This is now the Long Key Nature Reserve.
The interior was not shot at the Kapok Tree Inn but was shot on a set at Universal
Then we see Tony and Manny driving home after a night out. They have an important
conversation but not enough is seen to determine where this was filmed. Location
Then it cuts to three months later and Tony and manny are in paradise. To be exact
they are at the Fontainebleau Hotel, 4441 Collins Avenue in Miami. Miami Vice, Burn
Notice, as well as several movies including Gold Finger and Tony Rome have used
this location for filming.
Next we see Manny and Tony outside Frank’s at the Atlantis on Brickell.
Then we go to a Porsche dealership. Location unknown.
Then we see Tony go to visit his mother and sister. Several sources report that this
was filmed in Torrance, California by what is now the Exxon Mobil refinery in the
general area of West 190th Street and Crenshaw Blvd. The area has reportedly changed
allot since this movie was filmed and I have yet to locate the exact location of
house where Tony’s mother lived.