Based on a true story, this made-for-cable film tells about Barry Seal, a pilot who was a drug smuggler for the infamous Medellin cartel out of Colombia. He was caught by the US Drug ... See full summary »

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Based on a true story, this made-for-cable film tells about Barry Seal, a pilot who was a drug smuggler for the infamous Medellin cartel out of Colombia. He was caught by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and decided to turn over and help the DEA break the cartel. However, he got caught in the middle of the Reagan/Bush administration efforts to topple the Nicaraguan government in the '80s, in which Nicaraguan rebels called "contras" were allowed to smuggle cocaine into the US in exchange for their fighting against the leftist Nicaraguan government. Eventually Seal was murdered by his former Medellin employers, and some critics say it was with the tacit, if not implicit, connivance of the US administration. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Solid Hopper performance

Another fine performance from Hopper in this gritty drama about a drugs runner turning the tables on the drug lords who have employed him and finding little help from the authorities in his fight to bring them to justice. Apparently based on a true story, the plot is a fairly predictable flow from Hopper getting into the drug trade for the cash, getting into trouble, getting out of it and then getting back into the hot water to gather evidence for the DEA; the strange and at times shocking aspect of the film is the disregard and lack of trust he is shown the very people he is trying to help. An interesting piece in its lack of moral absolutes and its focus on a complex man trying to find the right path in an uncertain and untrusting world. Hopper turns in a solid job as the central figure, and the workmanlike supporting cast and steady, if a little slow, direction make this a worthwhile, but not outstanding, TV movie. One to look out for in the schedules but not really worth renting unless you're either a big Hopper fan or interested in the world of drugs and drug law enforcement (or aeroplanes).


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