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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on Bruce Porter's 1993 book Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All. See more »


In the final drug bust, a crew member wearing a gold watch is visible behind the plastic. 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 Bobcat Goldthwait: You Don't Look the Same Either. (2012) See more »


Glad and Sorry
Written by Ronnie Lane
Performed by Faces
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Published by WB Music Corp (ASCAP)
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User Reviews

I guess cocaine is not addictive.
22 February 2003 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

Both Dep and Cruz's characters never showed any drug dependence after years of HEAVY use. No withdrawal symptoms and no physical or psychological dependence at all after they stopped their cocaine use.

Was this a pro drug movie? Also George Jung must have been one of the stupidest criminals ever. Putting all his money in a bank in Panama. Swiss bank accounts were also used by other "smart" criminals. And what was the big deal about the Paul Rubin drug connection secret in California. Just have Dep followed, Duh. Why didn't Jung have any body guards? You would think he would be a marked man and had to protect his turf. If this was based upon a true story, it must have been 70% made up. More like a drug fairy tale. See "Requiem for a Dream" for a realistic drug movie. But be prepared it pulls no punches.

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