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Blow (2001)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  6 April 2001 (USA)
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The story of George Jung, the man who established the American cocaine market in the 1970s.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mirtha Jung (as Penelope Cruz)
Diego Delgado (as Jordi Molla)
Leon Minghella
Kevin Dulli
Alessandro (as Miguel Perez)
Dan Ferro ...
Cesar Toban


A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. Written by Anonymous

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Based on a True Story.


Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug content and language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 April 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Inhala  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,443,461 (USA) (6 April 2001)


$8,844,782 (Europe) (10 August 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ray Liotta and Rachel Griffiths, who play husband and wife, share the same birthday, December 18th. See more »


When George and Tuna first enter Derek Foreal's salon, the assistant director can be seen on the left gesturing and yelling, "Action". See more »


[first lines]
George: That's a nice boy. Go get 'em, Dulli.
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Crazy Credits

A photograph of the real George Jung appears at the end of the film, as the credits start to roll. See more »


Referenced in Brows Held High: W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (2012) See more »


Black Betty
Written by Leadbelly (as Huddie Ledbetter)
Performed by Ram Jam
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Published by Folkways Music Publishers Inc. (BMI)
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A very impressive film!
27 November 2002 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

I don't understand why many people I talked to either thought the film was bad or mediocre. Sure, it isn't a "great" movie, but when was the last time you saw 5 great movies in a row? A great movie comes along once in a blue moon, depending on your definition of great. I personally was very engaged in the plot. Johnny Depp gives a tour-de-force performance, fully engaging himself in the character. I'm sure he did lots of research on George Jung and tried to mimick his every mannerism, because this was far from a half-baked effort. Then again, I don't ever recall Johnny Depp doing a movie where he didn't put his full enthusiasm into the role. The movie has many tragic moments and many funny moments. The film is a little over 2 hours long, but the time flew by in a breeze. I was so enlightened that I'm anxious to do some research on the real George Jung. I'm not a fan of Penelope Cruz, and they could've chosen a much better actress, but she's only in the film about 20 or 30 minutes, so she isn't given enough time to ruin the film. Paul Reubens gives a surprisingly earnest performance as a flamboyant, bisexual hairdresser. It's too bad he's caught up in all this controversy, because he seems to have sufficient range as an actor. I loved hearing all the great classic rock songs in the soundtrack, and every time I watch the film the songs get stuck in my head and I start singing them for days on end.

"Blow" is a touching drama that doesn't try to exploit the world of drugs, nor condemn it. After seeing George's tragic outcomes as a world-class coke dealer, I doubt anyone would want to get in or get back into the "business," but that doesn't necessarily mean the message is preachy.

My score: 8 (out of 10)

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