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Blow (2001)

 -  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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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.

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

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,807 (Finland) (10 August 2001)

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

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George: That's a nice boy. Go get 'em, Dulli.
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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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