Traces a seedling of coca planted in Peru through the process of its growth, harvest, processing as cocaine, and shipment to the gang-controlled streets of Los Angeles while exploring its ... See full summary »

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Juan Ignacio Aranda
Luisa Avita ...
Carlitos' Mother
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Bo
Stephen Black ...
Russ
Alison Brooks ...
Lakeisha
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Amy
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Dishwasher
Roberto D'Amico
Miguel Ángel de la Cueva ...
Rafael
Jair De Rubin ...
Coco
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Customer
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Vince
Christopher Easton ...
Payne
Alberto Estrella ...
Guerilla Leader
Miguel Fernandes ...
Saavedra
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Traces a seedling of coca planted in Peru through the process of its growth, harvest, processing as cocaine, and shipment to the gang-controlled streets of Los Angeles while exploring its impact on the lives of everyone it touches along the way.

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17 June 1991 (USA)  »

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Kokain - Krieg um weißes Gold  »

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A Surprising Jewel
11 March 2004 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

To find something of this quality on a regular TV night is truly rare. I couldn't think of anything else for days. The exquisite care that Martin Donovan (director - Apartment Zero) and Alex Lasker (writer) show for their characters, is contagious and compelling. The face of little Carlitos haunts you throughout the film. It is very odd that a film like this one is not in a list of classics, in fact, I don't know anybody who's seen it. I can't find it on video, it's never part of any "must see" list. The film changes as the "substance" makes its way from Peru into the American inner cities leading towards its inexorable ending. The parade of characters is a gallery of unexpected discoveries, visual and emotional. SUPERB.


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