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This weekend, chilling out in New Hampshire, I watched Al Pacino‘s Scarface for the first time in years.

I had forgotten how well Al Pacino does a Cuban refugee in this movie. While most people online seem to think the best scene is at the end, when Tony Montana bursts out of his plush drug-lord office madly doped and screaming about his “little toy”, I have a different scene that is my favorite.

Go back to the beginning of the movie, when he’s just off the boat. Watch Tony getting questioned by Immigration. Watch him later when he’s a dishwasher, cutting his first drug deal.

While I don’t condone the selfish message, I do respect this thing. I respect the naked determination and self confidence, that that rare someone who has nothing will occasionally exhibit.

The determination message is what shines through for me.