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Blow

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Movie propaganda

In just a few short years during the 1970s, powder cocaine turned from a relatively obscure illegal drug to a multi-billion dollar international business with the power to make and break nations. Most people know that behind the surge in cocaine's popularity were powerful Colombian drug cartels determined to make money no matter the cost. what most people don't know is that the Colombian narco-lords had a USA connection who made it all possible: George Jung (Johnny Depp), just your average small-town American boy who decided to pursue the American dream his way - by becoming the first American to import cocaine to the USA on a large scale, using his entrepreneurial skills to expose university kids, high-paid professionals and the Hollywood glitterati to a new, hipper form of high.

Soon, Jung was sleeping, breathing and eating money, living out a fantastic, no-rules lifestyle many have dreamed about. But no matter what he did, he could never get the only thing he truly wanted: a love that couldn't be taken from him.

How did the typical boy next door become Pablo Escobar's (Cliff Curtis) right-hand man, one who played a key role in the importation of cocaine to the USA during the 70s and 80s? Blow reveals the riveting inside story of George Jung's rise and fall - the story of how one man used every last bit of his ingenuity, ambition, courage and savvy only to blow all of his dreams on greed. The film also reveals the other side of 1970s glitz and glamour - by providing an intimate look at the border crossings, illicit flights, ruthless negotiations, brutal executions, extensive money laundering and all-out war with the justice system that let the party go on.

Persons of interest

  • Johnny Depp .... George Jung
  • Penélope Cruz .... Mirtha Jung
  • Franka Potente .... Barbara Buckley
  • Rachel Griffiths .... Ermine Jung
  • Paul Reubens .... Derek Foreal
  • Jordi Mollà .... Diego Delgado
  • Cliff Curtis .... Pablo Escobar
  • Miguel Sandoval .... Augusto Oliveras
  • Ethan Suplee .... Tuna
  • Ray Liotta .... Fred Jung
  • Kevin Gage .... Leon Minghella
  • Max Perlich .... Kevin Dulli
  • Jesse James .... Young George
  • Miguel Pérez .... Alessandro
  • Dan Ferro .... Cesar Toban
  • Tony Amendola .... Sanchez
  • Bob Goldthwait .... Mr T
  • Michael Tucci .... Dr Bay
  • Bruce Porter .... Author: Blow: How a small-town boy made $100 million with the Medellin cocaine cartel and lost it all
  • Nick Cassavetes .... Screenwriter
  • David McKenna .... Screenwriter
  • Ted Demme .... Director

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Secret Agent Acid Thunder

Theatrical report

First of all, I will get the sad clichés out of the way.

There are constant references to Johnny's career-making role of Officer Tom Hanson in the seminal TV series, 21 Jump Street. If you didn't grow up with this program then you won't catch the in-jokes and you had a sadly under-privileged childhood.

Second of all, I will tell you that the non-celluloid George's daughter has never visited him in prison and that his mother has disowned him. Neither of these factoids has anything to do with the thrust of the film.

I saw some wonderful descriptions and revelations about life inside the world of drugs. From George's early days with pot to his last days with cocaine, it's amazing that the guy did as well as he did, especially since he broke the cardinal rule of dealing: never use what you sell, that stuff is for losers. Throughout Blow you never see any of the other overlords indulging in their own product. Maybe that's why George got busted.

Blow is a long film but time goes by pretty quickly as there's lots to laugh at and the gay guy whose name is escaping me is incredible (gay, gay, gay!).

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Drug use, drug references, medium level violence)

Surveillance time

118 minutes (1:58 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 23 August 2001
DVD retail: 20 March 2002
VHS retail: 20 March 2002

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