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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


$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$52,937,130 (USA) (22 June 2001)

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Did You Know?


In one scene, George (Johnny Depp) has his suitcase searched at an airport. When a pair of women's underwear are found, George says "Hard to break old habits." This is an obvious reference to Depp's previous film Ed Wood (1994) in which Depp's character is well known for wearing women's underwear. See more »


Kevin mentions the pot market at Hampshire College in 1969. Hampshire College admitted its first class in 1970. 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 Gilmore Girls: Richard in Stars Hollow (2002) See more »


Written by Milt Grant and Link Wray (as Vernon Wray)
Performed by Link Wray
Courtesy of Barnaby Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
Published by Vernon Wray Music (BMI) / Andval Music (BMI)
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User Reviews

Cocaine, They Started that. Your Welcome.
2 April 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

That statement was said by Denis Leary who, not surprisingly, co-produced this drug epic with Ted Demme who not only directs this film, but Leary's special No Cure for Cancer. Watching that special, I would've never expected a movie this good and serious, but it is. And unless a better film comes along this year, Blow might just be the best film of 2001.

In this bio-pic, George Jung is a guy who starts out by selling pot in the California area. After a while though, he progresses to selling cocaine in the late 70's and early 80's with the infamous Pablo Ecobar, and becomes a multi-millionaire (Jung, played by Jonny Depp very well, explains that if you bought cocaine in that time period in America, there would be a 85 percent chance it was from him). But then we see how things change with time, especially with Jung, which makes this movie even more fascinating and excellent.

While Blow is stylish, smart and hard edged with good stuff, the film also has compassion and feeling, in-particular in the third act which gives this movie a clever turn. Also with brilliant acting from the cast (the ensemble includes Depp, Paul Ruebens, Penelope Cruz and in a twist of a role from GoodFellas, Ray Liotta as Jung's dad) and a well told story, this is one of the best bio-pics and drug movies of the 00's.

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