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Blow -- The story of George Jung, the man who established the American cocaine market in the 1970's.
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One of the most intriguing movies of 2001. **** (out of four) See more (412 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Johnny Depp ... George Jung

Penélope Cruz ... Mirtha Jung (as Penelope Cruz)

Franka Potente ... Barbara Buckley

Rachel Griffiths ... Ermine Jung

Paul Reubens ... Derek Foreal

Jordi Mollà ... Diego Delgado (as Jordi Molla)

Cliff Curtis ... Pablo Escobar

Miguel Sandoval ... Augusto Oliveras

Ethan Suplee ... Tuna

Ray Liotta ... Fred Jung

Kevin Gage ... Leon Minghella

Max Perlich ... Kevin Dulli

Jesse James ... Young George

Miguel Pérez ... Alessandro (as Miguel Perez)
Dan Ferro ... Cesar Toban

Tony Amendola ... Sanchez

Bobcat Goldthwait ... Mr. T

Michael Tucci ... Dr. Bay

Monet Mazur ... Maria

Lola Glaudini ... Rada

Jennifer Gimenez ... Inez

Emma Roberts ... Young Kristina Jung

Jaime King ... Kristina Jung (as James King)

Charles Noland ... Jack Stevens
Pamela Abdy ... Beach Woman #3

John Harrington Bland ... FBI Waiter #1
Jimmy Burke ... FBI Waiter #4
Brantley Bush ... FBI Waiter #3

Kevin Chapman ... DEA Eastham (as Kevin H. Chapman)
The Dawk ... Guard (Visit Area #2)

Ted Demme ... Archie Sigmond (as Edward Demme)
Crystal Erickson ... Stewardess #1
Daniel Escobar ... Emilio Ochoa
Tracy Falco ... Beach Woman #2
Jean-Carlos Felix ... Prison Guard (Warden's Office)
Lazaro Galarraga ... Band Singer

Brian Goodman ... Guard Gus

Vanessa Grayson ... Stewardess #3
Elif Guertin ... Stewardess #2
Josh Herman ... Detective #1
Faith Hoover ... Stewardess #6

Brad Hunt ... GG

Patrick Husted ... Bank Manager
Kristina Jung ... Clerk (scenes deleted)
Ralph Kampshoff ... Guard (Visit Area #1)
Ajgie Kirkland ... James Trout
Skip O'Brien ... Customs Agent

Richard LaGravenese ... Detective #2

Roberto Lopez ... Guard (Danbury)
Lydell M. Cheshier ... Inmate #3

Dorothy Lyman ... Judge (Chicago)

Jodie Mann ... Nurse (Cape Cod)
Charles Martiniz ... Bank Employee
Genevieve Maylam ... Beach Woman #1 (as Genevieve Maylem)

Gonzalo Menendez ... Ramon Ochoa

Mauricio Mendoza ... Benny
Carlos Mendoza ... Tony
Alan James Morgan ... Young Tuna

Randy Mulkey ... Employee #1

Kathleen Mullan ... Beach Woman #5
Meriah Nelson ... Stewardess #4

Tony Perez ... Bank President

Jack Polick ... Ben

Michael Ralph ... Inmate #2 (as Mike Ralph)

Raoul N. Rizik ... Rafael Ojeda (as Raoul Rizik)
Matthew Robinson ... Inmate #1 (as Matt Robinson)

Elizabeth Rodriguez ... Martha Oliveras

Bert Rosario ... Bank President (Panama)
Leslie Schirrmacher ... Stewardess #5
Dale Snowberger ... FBI Waiter #2
Sophie Tsimel ... Beach Woman #4

Julia Vera ... Clara Blanca
Santiago Verdu ... Juan Carlos
Pamela Walker ... FBI Waiter #5
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ricardo Azulay ... Restaurant / Bar Patron (uncredited)

Twyla Banks ... Inmate's Daughter (uncredited)
Anastasia Blue ... One of Derek Foreal's Party Girls (uncredited)

Nick Cassavetes ... Man in Derek's Salon (uncredited)

Lisa Claire ... Beach Vendor (uncredited)

Al Coronel ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)
Anna de Cardi ... Friend at Pool Party (uncredited)

Dana Emberson ... Beach Cyclist (uncredited)

Janine Foster ... Flight Attendant (uncredited)
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ... Body Guard for Pablo Escobar (uncredited)

Jorge Jimenez ... Alessandro's Guy (uncredited)
Jacque Lawson ... Biker (uncredited)
Cynthia Loebe ... Principal (uncredited)
Corey Lubak ... Prison inmate (uncredited)
Melissa Reneé Martin ... One of Derek Foreal's Party Girls (uncredited)

Jo Price ... Business Woman (uncredited)

Bobby Reed ... DEA Agent (uncredited)

Leonel Rendón ... Priest (uncredited)

Joe Rosario ... Banker (uncredited)
Joey Sotello ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Crafty St. James ... Airplane Mechanic (uncredited)
Bill Willens ... Biker (uncredited)

Rayder Woods ... FBI Undercover Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Ted Demme 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Bruce Porter (book)

David McKenna (screenplay) and
Nick Cassavetes (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael De Luca .... executive producer
Ted Demme .... producer
Tracy Falco .... associate producer
Georgia Kacandes .... executive producer
Denis Leary .... producer
Jose Ludlow .... line producer
Susan McNamara .... associate producer
Hillary Sherman .... associate producer
Joel Stillerman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Graeme Revell 
 
Cinematography by
Ellen Kuras 
 
Film Editing by
Kevin Tent 
 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
 
Production Design by
Michael Z. Hanan 
 
Art Direction by
David Ensley 
 
Set Decoration by
Douglas A. Mowat 
 
Costume Design by
Mark Bridges 
 
Makeup Department
Sheryl Blum .... assistant hair stylist
Desne J. Holland .... key makeup artist
Whitney James .... makeup department head
Jamie Kelman .... key makeup artist
Candace Neal .... hair stylist
Ve Neill .... makeup artist
David Ruiz Gameros .... makeup artist
Martin Samuel .... hair styles supervisor
Randy Sayer .... hair stylist
Rita Troy .... key hair stylist
Karl Wesson .... key hair stylist
Kevin Yagher .... character makeup designer and creator: Johnny Depp
Barney Burman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Mariano Carranco .... production manager: Mexico
Carla Fry .... executive in charge of production
Georgia Kacandes .... unit production manager
Susan McNamara .... production supervisor
Rick Reynolds .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anne Berger .... additional second second assistant director
Rosemary C. Cremona .... second assistant director
Maria Mantia .... second second assistant director
Nicholas Mastandrea .... first assistant director (as Nicholas C. Mastandrea)
René Villarreal .... first assistant director: Mexico
 
Art Department
Ruben Abarca .... drapery
Damon Allison .... fixtures
Damon Allison .... prop shop
Gogo Amara .... set designer: Mexico
Ron Ashmore .... paint supervisor
Maria L. Baker .... set designer
Scott Bobbitt .... lead man (as Scott A. Bobbitt)
Steve Borgese .... greens foreman
Erin Boyd .... swing gang (as Erin Gould)
Timothy Braniff .... storyboard artist (as Tim Braniff)
Raymundo Cabrera .... property master: Mexico
Ryan Cassidy .... set dresser
Amiee Clark .... art production assistant
Skip Crank .... set dresser
Jeff Damal .... set dresser
Hana Espinoza .... art department coordinator
Maureen Farley .... property master
Kristen Gassner .... set decorating buyer
Lance Gunnin .... general foreman
Steve A. Hagberg .... construction coordinator
Melo Hinojosa .... set decorator: Mexico
Daniel R. Jennings .... assistant art director
Adam Khalid .... art department assistant
Kim Larsen-Santini .... assistant props (as Kim Larsen)
Patrice Laure .... lead man
Randlett King Lawrence .... purchasing foreman (as Randlett Lawrence)
Hana Matsumoto .... art department coordinator
Merdyce McClaran .... assistant property master
Karin L. McGaughey .... assistant set decorator
Paul A. Minitello .... sign painter (as Paul Minitello)
Jason Puga .... stand-by painter
Eric Ramirez .... lead man
Cynthia C. Rebman .... on-set dresser
Gabriel Rivera .... construction foreman: Mexico
Mark Sakamoto .... gang boss
Carlos Sanen .... lead man: Mexico
Anthony Samuel Saso .... tool man (as Anthony Saso)
Wayne Smith .... stand-by painter
Meredith J. Stewart .... set dressing assistant
David Storm .... set dresser
Cheryl Gould Strang .... set dresser (as Cheryl Gould)
Bill Taliaferro .... set designer (as William Taliaferro)
Bernardo Trujillo .... art director: Mexico
Victor Vallejo .... lead scenic: Mexico
Alberto Villaseñor .... construction coordinator: Mexico
Cheree Welsh .... art department coordinator
Tony Wright .... labor foreman
Ahmed Saker .... construction medic (uncredited)
Michele Spadaro .... prop construction (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Brian Basham .... adr recordist
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Michael J. Broomberg .... foley artist
Allan Byer .... production sound mixer
Mark Choi .... sound effects editor
Jamie Christopherson .... additional sound
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
Richard Dwan Jr. .... adr editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... dialogue editor
Victor Ray Ennis .... co-supervising sound editor
Eric Flickinger .... sound recordist
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Philip A. Hess .... foley editor (as Phil Hess)
Michael Keller .... sound re-recording mixer
Glenn T. Morgan .... adr editor
Glenn T. Morgan .... dialogue editor
James Moriana .... foley artist
Gary Mundheim .... foley editor
Mark Ormandy .... additional sound
Tim Peyton .... utility sound technician
Alan Rankin .... sound effects editor
David Stanke .... assistant sound editor
Mark P. Stoeckinger .... supervising sound editor
Cary Stratton .... adr recordist
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Keenan Wyatt .... boom operator
Greg Zimmerman .... foley recordist
 
Special Effects by
Luis E. Ambriz Martínez .... special effects assistant: Mexico (as Luis Ambriz)
Robert Bolanowski .... special effects
Ron Bolanowski .... special effects coordinator
Michael Duenas .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Akemi Abe .... main titles
Lloyd Lee Barnett .... digital compositor
Fish Essenfeld .... compositing and 2D supervisor: Metrolight Studios
John Follmer .... head of production: MetroLight Studios
James W. Kristoff .... executive in charge of production: MetroLight Studios
Derek Ledbetter .... visual effects
Heather MacPhee .... 2D artist
Stacie Manning .... 2D artist
Justice O'Neil .... digital artist
Dobbie Schiff .... visual effects executive producer: MetroLight Studios
Bruno Vilela .... head of art department: Metrolight Studios, Inc.
Judith Bell .... digital artist (uncredited)
Chris Crowell .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Brian Avery .... stunts
Joni Avery .... stunts
Rick Avery .... stunt coordinator
Cameron Croughwell .... stunts
David Gene Gibbs .... stunts
Anita Hart .... stunt double: Penelope Cruz
Anita Hart .... stunts
Chris Howell .... stunts
Danny Wynands .... stunts (as Dan Wynands)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alfred Ainsworth Jr. .... video assist operator
Alfred Ainsworth .... video assist operator
Brandon Ainsworth .... rigging electrician
Al Ambrosio .... grip
Bryan Ashford .... dolly grip
Randy Babchuck .... rigging best boy
Kenneth Bender .... second assistant camera
John Beran .... grip
Erik Carter .... rigging gang boss
Jesus Rodriguez Davalos .... rigging gaffer: Mexico
Camille Freer .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Oscar Gomez .... rigging best boy
Rob J. Greenlea .... grip (as Rob Greenlea)
Juan Fernando Guzmán .... electrician
Justin Holdsworth .... lamp operator (as Justin Michael Holdsworth)
John Janusek .... key grip (as John 'Beef' Janusek)
Steve Kagan .... rigging electrician
Alex Klabukov .... grip
Jeff Kluttz .... key rigging grip
Michael Lyon .... electrician
Jim McConocha .... electrician
Fernando Moreno .... gaffer: Mexico
John C. Nadeau .... gaffer (as John Nadeau)
Gustavo Oliva .... rigging gaffer
Jeff Orsa .... rigging electrician
Simone Perusse .... best boy electric
Jesús Rodríguez Barajas .... key grip: Mexico
Andrew Rowlands .... camera operator
Mark Santoni .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
John P. Shine .... best boy grip
Sandi Sissel .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Sandy Sissel)
Baird Steptoe .... focus puller
Donald J. Sutherland .... lamp operator
Don Telles .... rigging grip
Henry Tirl .... Steadicam operator
Henry Tirl .... camera operator: "b" camera
Michael Tolochko .... electrician
Roger Wall .... camera loader
Jerald L. Wilson .... lamp operator (as Jerry 'Dallas' Wilson)
John Young .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Mike Gerzevitz .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Sandi Sissel .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Eric J. Cordier .... animator: opening sequence (as Eric Cordier)
 
Casting Department
Beth Bowling .... casting associate
Alejandro Cairo .... extras casting: Mexico
Rich King .... extras casting
Andrea McBride .... extras casting assistant
Megan Foley .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cha Blevins .... costume supervisor (as Deborah Cha Blevins)
John Casey .... costume supervisor: Mexico
Steve Constancio .... set costumer
Jenny Eagan .... costumer
Bridgitte Ferry .... costumer (as Brigitte Ferry)
Lisa Hyde .... costumer
Lisa Hyde .... key costume wrap coordinator
Guy Miracle .... costumer
Pablo Nantas .... tailor
Mónica Neumaier .... costume coordinator: Mexico
Donna O'Neal .... set costumer
Anthony J. Scarano .... costumer: Mexico (as Anthony Scarano)
Anthony J. Scarano .... key costumer
Charmaine Nash Simmons .... costumer (as Charmaine Simmons)
Lisa Tomczeszyn .... assistant costume designer
Joanne Trotta .... cutter/fitter
 
Editorial Department
David Berman .... editorial production assistant
David O. Berman .... editorial production assistant
Tom Dailey .... first assistant editor
Danya Joseph .... assistant editor
Jody Levin .... executive in charge of post-production
Mato .... color timer
Frank Roman .... digital intermediate color timer
Mark Scovil .... assistant editor
Earl Adams .... colorist (TV version) (uncredited)
Carole Cowley .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Wolfgang Amadeus .... music mixer
Eric Amdahl .... music preparation
Mark Curry .... music mixer
Buck Damon .... co-music supervisor
Richard Ford .... music editor
Paul Haslinger .... music programmer
Lesley Langs .... assistant music editor
Amanda Scheer-Demme .... music supervisor
Tim Simonec .... orchestrator
Rick Fleishman .... music coordinator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Cesar Angobaldo .... transportation captain (as Cesar Angebaldo)
Javier Gunther .... transportation coordinator: Mexico
Buck Holland .... driver: Johnny Depp
Craig Lietzke .... driver
Marc Lipman .... production driver
Kenneth Newland .... transportation office coordinator (as Kenny Newland)
Carlos Ponce de León .... transportation captain
Theresa M. Roehner .... driver
Randy White .... transportation coordinator
Dean Winton .... driver
 
Other crew
Akemi Abe .... main title
Victor Aguirre .... physical production intern
Pamela Alch .... script supervisor
Gerardo Arellano .... assistant auditor: Mexico
Jose Manuel Ballesteros .... caterer: Mexico
Lori A. Balton .... location scout (as Lori Balton)
Lisa Behlendorf .... post-production accountant
Kevin Berman .... consultant
Nicholas Blasi .... stand-in: Johnny Depp (as Nick Blasi)
Denise Blasor .... adr loop group
Judy Blinick .... first assistant accountant
Julio Bárcenas .... location assistant: Mexico
R. Chris Cavaliere .... craft service assistant
Caryn Cheever .... construction accountant
Martin Corkidi .... production assistant: Mexico
Peter Costelli .... assistant location manager
Jason Cox .... set production assistant
Allison Crane .... production assistant
Kim Crockett .... production assistant
Fermin Davalos .... assistant location manager
Christi Dembrowski .... assistant: Johnny Depp
Humberto Domínguez .... production assistant
Jessica Drake .... dialect coach
Leon Dudevoir .... production executive
Karen Eisenstadt .... production accountant
John Embry .... production assistant
Adrian Enriquez .... location assistant: Mexico
Mike Fantasia .... location manager
Samuel V. Franco .... assistant to producer
David Fulton .... unit publicist (as Dave Fulton)
Agnes Gardette .... production coordinator: Mexico
Emily Glatter .... supervising production coordinator
Vanessa Grayson .... stand-in: Penelope Cruz
Sarah Hendler .... assistant: Mr. Stillerman
Jonas Hendrix .... production assistant: Mexico
Elsa Hermoso .... auditor: Mexico
Jean Hodges .... food stylist
John Humber .... production assistant
Marc Jacobs .... production resources
Jeff Jenofsky .... production assistant
Tish Johnson .... location accountant: Mexico
Melissa Kinnicutt .... assistant production coordinator
Elizabeth Kirkscey .... assistant: Georgia Kacandes
Carlos Larios .... production assistant: Mexico
Steven S. Lee .... location scout
Xenia Linares .... set production assistant: Mexico
G. Pekas Lozano .... location manager: Mexico (as Gloria 'Pekas' Lozano)
Cathy Marshall .... payroll accountant
Donny Martino Jr. .... location assistant
Andrew Matthews .... financial consultant
Nick Mestrundrea .... craft service (as Nicholas J. Mestrandrea)
Hector Montalvo .... assistant extras coordinator: Mexico
Norberto Nava .... security coordinator
Mike Patlin .... aircraft provider
Stacia Peters .... development assistant: Ted Demme and Joel Stillerman
Adriana Poblano .... travel coordinator
Alberto Rebollo .... location manager: Mexico
Steven John Reynolds .... assistant accountant
Arturo Saldivar .... production assistant: Mexico
Maurice Schwartzman .... choreographer: Dancer
Jim Serpico .... production executive
Dee Dee Smith .... location coordinator
Alexander C. Sohn .... accounting clerk
Joe Steele .... production office assistant
Jeffrey D. Stevens .... key set medic
Jeffrey D. Stevens .... medic
Lance Stockton .... production assistant
Brenda Taylor .... set production assistant
Emma Tillinger Koskoff .... assistant: Ted Demme (as Emma Tillinger)
John Trujillo .... layout board
Lee Tucker .... preview technical supervisor
Nelson Tunon .... assistant production coordinator: Mexico
Christa Vausbinder .... production coordinator
Dick Wagner .... production office assistant
Julie Wagner .... stand-in: Franka Potente
John Burton West .... assistant production coordinator
Cori Zucker .... assistant: Tracy Falco
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Eric Brown .... assistant: Spanky Pictures (uncredited)
George Brown .... production assistant (uncredited)
Marco Polo Constandse .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mike Currie .... set production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
George Jung .... the producers wish to thank
Kristina Jung .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for pervasive drug content and language, some violence and sexuality
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Trivia:
When George is sharing a cell in prison with Diego, George is seen reading a paperback while reclining on his top bunk. The book is "Hells Angels" written by Hunter S. Thompson, the author whom Depp previously portrayed in the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After George and Dulli steal the plane when they arrive in Mexico the plane is out of control as they try to land on the runway. They pass the waiting drug dealer still going at a decent speed, still bouncing up and down. In the next shot, as they're getting out of the plane, George and Dulli are right next to the crowd waiting for them. It would be impossible for the plane to have landed that close to the group after that landing.See more »
Quotes:
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George:That's a nice boy. Go get 'em, Dulli.
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108 out of 132 people found the following review useful.
One of the most intriguing movies of 2001. **** (out of four), 23 May 2001

BLOW / (2001) **** (out of four)

By Blake French:

I don't think George Jung was a corrupt, sleazy drug smuggler, but, more or less, a young businessman making money to support his family and wild lifestyle. That is what makes Ted Demme's "Blow" different from other drug movies-it does not portray its characters as addicted lowlifes, but as recklessly successful, high powered individuals who simply want to live the American dream. The film is based on the true story of George Jung, whose image went from the average Joe next door, a high-school football star from a small Massachusetts town, to the world's premiere importer of cocaine from Colombia's Medellin cartel, who once supplied the States with over 85% of the total amount of imported cocaine in the 1970's and 80's. "Blow" is one of the best movies of the year.

"Blow" covers a wide range of generations and locations, ranging from the turbulent 60's to the haze of the 80's, and from such areas of the North America like Massachusetts, Florida, Colombia, California, Mexico, New York and Illinois. The time and location span provided the filmmakers with a challenge. The film was shot in a variety of locations in Southern California and in Mexico. "It was a difficult film to schedule and shoot because it had so many different time periods. And since it was the story of a man's life, every scene was fairly brief which meant an incredible number of scenes to be shot," explains executive producer Georgia Kacandes.

Covering so many years in a single film also tests the ability of the film's costume designers and makeup artists. The wardrobes, makeup and hair styles appear authentic and impressive. This movie pays close attention to even some of the most minute of details.

George Jung's motives for pursuing drugs may have been triggered by his family life as a child. His father was a nobody construction worker who often struggled with money and his marriage. In the film, Ray Liotta plays George's poor but content father, with the versatile Rachel Griffiths as his bitter, unhappy mother. George vows to never live his life in poverty, no matter what.

He moves to California as a young adult where selling marijuana supports his independent lifestyle. Paul Reubens and Ethan Suplee play George's drug-dealing comrades. Eventually, the authorities send him to prison for a while, where he meets Diego Delgado (Jordi Molla). An insider in Colombia's rising drug trade, this man educates George about the profits of selling cocaine. After serving his time, Jung becomes partners with Pablo Escobar (Cliff Curtis), the billionaire godfather of international cocaine trafficking.

"Blow" displays a consistent and detailed portrait of the spectacular rise, and dramatic fall, of Jung and his travel towards turning powder cocaine into American's biggest drug problem. Ted Demme's direction is vivid, determined, and stylish. He reportedly conducted many interviews with the real life George Jung, as he makes very clear the early high life, and the dangerous reality of a drug smuggler's everyday lifestyle. Demme is careful to stay away from frequent potential distractions, like the drug use, side characters, family issues, and romantic interests. This is a vivid narrative of a very interesting character. It does display a message about drugs that we have seen before, but never in this stylishly innovative light.

Laced with amusing detail and probing awareness, "Blow" defies the usual road of drug movies and provides us with tension and interest from Jung's many experiences-risky border crossings, ferocious consultation, unexpected deception, the persistence of the authorities, and unconquerable temptations. But untimely the film shows the true tragedy of losing your dreams to greed and drugs.

Johnny Depp proves once again what a triumphant, adaptable actor he can be. He portrays George Jung with the perfect amount of greed, style, confusion, pride, and desperation. The real George Jung is in a prison cell in New York. Without possibility of parole, Jung's release date is scheduled for 2015. Depp acknowledged the responsibility that comes with dramatizing a true individual, but also the responsibility of the director. "I knew Ted was committed to the film, but I didn't understand how deeply committed he was to the real George."

"Blow" becomes one of the most intriguing movies of 2001, but it even suffers in comparison to the incomprehensible achievement director Darren Aronofsky accomplished last year with his disturbingly real display of the downward spiral of four drug addicts in "Requiem for a Dream." That film gave us a cinematic taste of what drug addicts experience through their addictions and depravity. "Blow" still shines a fresh new light on drugs in movies, and perceptively portrays the story of a person from whom many can learn.

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