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 in the film) was released from prison on 2 June 2014. He was due to be freed in November, but was released early after fulfilling a plea bargain by testifying against his co-conspirators. Jung will reside in a San Francisco halfway home until he re-adjusts to society. See more »
Flipped shot: When George is first taken to Colombia to meet Pablo Escobar and the plane is landing in the background, the Chevy bow-ties on the front of the pickup trucks in the foreground are backwards. 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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