Al Pacino’s 10 Greatest Over-Acting Moments

Surrounded by a plethora of acting talent, including Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, and Leonardo DiCaprio, Alfredo James Pacino was destined to become one of the 20 century's most recognized actors for his unique vibes. Pacino's gruff, abrasive, and all-around dramatic performances in movies like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, etc... made him a remarkable icon of Hollywood.
One of the things that made Al Pacino stand out is his overacting. Although overacting is considered something that should be avoided as it distracts the audience, it sometimes packs quite a punch for the overall goal of the film. That’s right for Pacino, as he has done overacting many times and left a huge impression on viewers.
Can’t believe that? Today, take a look at these 10 times Al Pacino floated our boat with his overacting. In the end, you will hand down admire this acting genius. Check them out now.

#1 “I’m a fan of man!” – The Devil’s Advocate

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In the 1997 film The Devil's Advocate, Al Pacino played The brilliantly named John Milton, a law firm CEO who is actually the Devil in disguise. He is hellbent (get it?) on corrupting Keanu Reeves' ambitious young lawyer, Kevin Lomax.
When Milton's actual nature is revealed in the concluding moments, he goes on a scathing tirade against God ("He's a tight-a**, he's a sadist! He's an absentee landlord!"), then exclaims, "I'm a fan of him!" with increasingly rising volume. Being a humanist, I... Kevin, who in their right mind could possibly say that I didn't own the entire 20th century? Everything, Kevin! all of it! Mine!”

#2 “You are an idiot, but you’re my idiot” – House of Gucci

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Ridley Scott's fact-based 2021 drama House of Gucci demonstrated that Al Pacino, even as an octogenarian, can still achieve heights that performers half his age cannot. Pacino confronts a unique hurdle in portraying fashion empire patriarch Aldo Gucci, as most of his co-stars except for Adam Driver) seem determined to give the most theatrical, hyper-stereotypical interpretations of Italians ever placed in the film.
Lady Gaga shines as Patrizia Reggiani, but she pales in comparison to Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci, who dons elaborate prosthetics and goes so over the top that Al Pacino appears comparatively meek. Nonetheless, Leto's excess brings out Pacino's comparable tendencies, particularly in a late scene in which an outraged Aldo embraces his son, in what could almost be a re-enactment of the identical embrace between Pacino's Michael and John Cazale's Fredo in The Godfather Part II.

#3 “Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in!” – The Godfather Part III

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In The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, Pacino's Michael Corleone may have mostly been a soft-spoken, straight-talking persona, but by The Godfather, Part III in the 1990s, both the character and the actor were a little older and a little more prepared to let loose with their emotions. The scene where Corleone has a stroke during a personal crisis is where Pacino most famously illustrated this.
Corleone hisses the most famous line from the movie in a fit of rage: "Just when I thought I was out, they brought me back in!" The family's elderly head collapses under the weight of it all and screams irrationally, "Just when I thought I was out, they brought me back in!" The family's elderly head collapses under the weight of it all and screams irrationally, "Altobello, you deceitful old f***!" Then, while his sister Connie (Talia Shire), nephew Vincent (Andy Garcia), and friend Al Neri (Richard Bright) attempt to assist him, Michael cries out "Fredo! Fredo!"

#4 “She’s got a great a**!” – Heat

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One of Al Pacino's best films is the 1995 crime drama Heat, which is famous for being the first time he acted opposite the equally renowned Robert De Niro. The picture, which was written and directed by Michael Mann, also has one of Al Pacino's most shockingly exaggerated performances as the tense LAPD robbery murder investigator Vincent Hanna, who is fixated on apprehending De Niro's career criminal Neil McCauley.
Hanna has plenty of outrageous moments (early on, he yells at an informant, "Gimme all you got!" and "Don't waste my motherf***in’ time!"), but his most memorable outburst occurs when questioning Alan Marciano, played by Hank Azaria, who has been having an affair with Charlene Shiherlis, played by Ashley Judd. Hanna exclaims, "She's got a GREAT A**! And you've climbed all the way to the top!

#5 “Free at last!” – Carlito’s Way

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Pacino reappeared with director Brian De Palma a full decade after Scarface to play another Latin American criminal (it was a different time!) in Carlito's Way. Early in the film, we see Pacino's Carlito Brigante in court, where his 30-year prison sentence is reversed on a technicality. Brigante seizes the opportunity and delivers a lengthy statement in which he both declares his rehabilitation and rubs his success in the faces of those who convicted him.
Carlito's lawyer Dave Kleinfeld (Sean Penn) laughs at his remarks as they leave the courthouse, but Carlito says, “I’m a free man, and I don’t just mean out of jail,” "At long last, I'm free!" Then he turns to face the courts and the cops nearby, yelling aloud, "Thank God almighty, I am free at last!"

#6 “I’m in the dark here!” – Scent of a Woman

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By 1993, Al Pacino had been nominated for six Academy Awards and had won none of them, but that streak was interrupted by Scent of a Woman, which earned him the Best Actor Oscar. Pacino plays Lt Col Frank Slade, a blind Vietnam veteran who has devolved into a nasty, bad-tempered, and loud-mouthed drinker in the film. In other terms, the role allowed Pacino complete freedom.
If the old adage about the blind sharpening their other senses is true, all that extra energy for Pacino's Slade certainly went into his voice volume. While his catchphrase "Hoo-ah!" is well-known, Pacino's most outrageous moment occurs after Chris O'Donnell's Charlie foils Slade's suicide attempt, prompting Slade to shout, “I got no life! I’m in the dark here! You understand? I’m in the dark!”

#7 “Attica!” – Dog Day Afternoon

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It's easy to overlook, but in the early films that launched Pacino's career (the first two Godfather films and Serpico), the actor delivers generally somber and subdued performances. It was undoubtedly in 1975's Dog Day Afternoon that we witnessed Pacino at his most exaggerated. Pacino's performance as the desperate bank robber Sonny is a sweaty bundle of tension throughout, prone to strong spurts of shrieking.
This reaches a climax when Sonny incites the audience outside the bank to cheer by recalling police abuses during the 1971 Attica prison rebellion, continuously roaring at the top of his lungs, "ATTICA!"

#8 “Say hello to my little friend!” – Scarface

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Scarface, released in 1983, provided Pacino his second famous gangster role following The Godfather's Michael Corleone, and it is unquestionably the most notorious film of his career. As Tony Montana, we see Pacino progress from impoverished Cubanrefugeese to up-and-coming criminals, eventually becoming the most powerful drug lord in the world - but not without being physically driven insane by power and cocaine.
Scarface has no shortage of scenes in which Pacino dials it up to eleven. Still, there is one sequence that stands out above the rest: the iconic scene in the climax in which Montana pulls up his mind-blowing grenade launcher-machine gun combo and exclaims at the attackers outside his door, “You wanna f*** with me? OK. Wanna play rough? OK. Say hello to my little friend!”

#9 "You’re out of order! The whole trial’s out of order!” – And Justice for All

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Lawyers, at least in the movies, are known for being theatrical, especially when making final arguments. It's no surprise, then, that when Pacino played a lawyer in And Justice for All in 1979, he delivered one of the most operatic courtroom moments ever. Arthur Kirkland, played by Al Pacino, is obliged to defend a corrupt judge on rape charges and spectacularly succumbs to his conscience.
Kirkland yells to the jury, “my client… should go straight to f***ing jail!” after declaring that the man he's supposed to be representing is guilty. When the judge tells Kirkland he's out of order, he responds, "you're out of order! "The entire trial is out of order!" he exclaimed before being taken out shouting.

#10 "I want Dick Tracy dead!” – Dick Tracy

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Although Al Pacino is not commonly linked with comic book movies, he did feature in one of the first huge blockbusters based on a comic, Dick Tracy, in 1990. Pacino, who plays villainous crime leader Big Boy Caprice, wears prosthetic makeup to give him a cartoonish appearance (along with his other fellow gangster actors, including an unrecognizable Dustin Hoffman).
Under those conditions, it's difficult to blame Pacino for not dialing things back. Big Boy is at his most outrageous when he stamps on his table and yells at his subordinates. “I’m looking for generals! What do I have? Foot soldiers! I want Dick Tracy dead!” he exclaimed before flipping the table over. Subtle!
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