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
The real George Jung, played by Johnny Depp, hid marijuana in an RV and delivered it to customers. Emma Roberts, who played George's daughter, later starred in We're the Millers (2013), a comedy about a fake family who smuggles marijuana in an RV. See more »
In the numerous airport scenes with Barbara being the courier from LA to Boston, it was late 1968 or early 1969. Automatic sliding doors are shown. Although invented in 1954, they were not commercially installed in airports until the late 1970's. See more »
That's a nice boy. Go get 'em, Dulli.
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A photograph of the real George Jung appears at the end of the film, as the credits start to roll. See more »
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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