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Scarface (1983): “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy!” | Transcript

Tony (Al Pacino) has an argument with Elvira (Michelle Pfeiffer) in a crowded restaurant. When it's over, Tony continues his rant, calling the diners out on their moral hypocrisy.
Scarface (1983): “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy!"

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Tony (Al Pacino) has an argument with Elvira (Michelle Pfeiffer) in a crowded restaurant. When it’s over, Tony continues his rant, calling the diners out on their moral hypocrisy.

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INT. RESTAURANT — NIGHT
Drug lord Tony Montana (Al Pacino), his disaffected wife Elvira (Michelle Pfeiffer) and his right-hand man Manny (Steven Bauer) are eating at a fancy restaurant. Tony has been drinking heavily and launches into a rant, revealing that Elvira is unable to have the baby they’ve been trying for. Furious, she hits back.

Elvira: What do you do? You deal drugs and you kill people. Oh, that’s wonderful, Tony. Real contribution to human history.

Tony: Go ahead. Tell everybody.

Elvira: You want a kid?

Tony: Come on, tell the world.

Elvira: What kind of a father do you think you’d ma—

Tony tries to leap up and grab her. Knocks glassware over. Manny jumps up to restrain him.

Tony: Sit the fuck down!

Elvira: You gonna drive him to school in the mornings? Are you even gonna be alive by the time the kid goes to school? You don’t even know how to be a husband!

Tony leaps up again. Manny restrains him. Now everyone in the restaurant is looking on. Waiters are rushing over to help, while Tony’s goons maintain order.

Tony: Sit down before I—

Elvira: Do we ever go anywhere without having six thugs hanging around all the time? I have Nick the Pig as a friend. What kind of life is that?

Tony sits down.

Elvira: Can’t you see what we’re becoming, Tony? We’re losers. We’re not winners. We’re losers.

Tony: Go home. You’re stoned.

Elvira: I’m not stoned. You’re stoned.

Tony: Hey, get her outta here.

Elvira: No. No. I’m not going home with you. I’m not going home with anybody. I’m going home alone. I’m leaving you. I don’t need this shit anymore.

Manny: Okay, but I’ll walk you out. I’ll take her home in a cab.

They leave.

Tony: Let her go. Let her go, man. Another Quaalude, she gonna love me again.

Tony is alone at the table. The other diners are staring at him in disgust. He fixes them with a stare and flings his napkin on the table, narrowly missing a candle.

Tony: What you looking at? You all a bunch of fuckin’ assholes. You know why? You don’t have the guts to be what you wanna be. You need people like me.

He stands up with help from his goon, Ernie (Arnaldo Santana), and starts walking slowly to the exit, swaying and ranting as he does so.

Tony: You need people like me, so you can point your fuckin’ fingers and say, “That’s the bad guy.” So, what that make you? Good? You’re not good. You just know how to hide. How to lie. Me, I don’t have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. So, say goodnight to the bad guy! Go on. The last time you gonna see a bad guy like this again, let me tell you. Come on, make way for the bad guy.

As he disappears from view, we hear faintly:

Tony: There’s a bad guy coming through! Better get outta his way!

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