Bloody, violent retelling of a street-level thug rising to the top through raw intelligence and brutal ferocity. When the much anticipated "Say hello to my little friend" moment finally comes, it does not disappoint.
Pacino is exceptionally good in this. His anger is much more controlled than later coke-fuelled characters he would play (cf Hanna in Heat) and all the better for it. Pfieffer plays the long suffering wife in a breakthrough role.
Verdict: Top-notch Pacino.