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Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jon Roberts ...
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Al Sunshine ...
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Sam Burstyn ...
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Mickey Munday ...
Himself
Bob Palumbo ...
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Toni Mooney ...
Herself
Edna Buchanan ...
Herself
Joseph Davis ...
Himself (as Dr. Joseph Davis)
Al Singleton ...
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Louis Caruso ...
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Raul Diaz ...
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Jorge Ayala ...
Himself (as Jorge 'Rivi' Ayala)
Nelson Andreu ...
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Griselda Blanco ...
Herself (archive footage)
Kelly Hughes ...
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In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine Cowboys" is the true story of how Miami became the drug, murder and cash capital of the United States, told by the people who made it all happen. Written by rakontur

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The incredible true story that inspired "Scarface" and "Miami Vice".

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Rated R for pervasive drug content, gruesome violent images, and language | See all certifications »

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23 November 2007 (UK)  »

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Cocaine Cowboys - Die wahre Geschichte hinter Scarface und Miami Vice  »

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$36,295 (USA) (27 October 2006)

Gross:

$148,872 (USA) (22 December 2006)
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Blanco was killed by two gunmen on a motorcycle as she walked out of a butcher shop in her hometown, Medellín, on September 3, 2012. The Miami Herald cites El Colombiano newspaper reports that one man fired two bullets into her head, executing her in the type of "motorcycle assassination" she has been credited with inventing. See more »

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Jorge Ayala: [Last Title card] On the same day Griselda was released Rivi was stabbed in a Miami Prison. He survived but refused to identify his attacker.
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Excellent documentary
15 February 2005 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

Although I had the opportunity to see the unfinished version of what is sure to be an award-winning film, I was thoroughly impressed by Cocaine Cowboys. Without giving anything away, let me just say that this film refrains from the type of overly preachy or overly glorified view of the cocaine business in the late 1970's and 1980's. A nice balance of character analysis mixed with an abundance of archival data kept my interest throughout the experience...and I walked out of the theater feeling as though I really learned a great deal, not only about historical occurrences, and their impact on a few central characters or society as a whole; rather, I left the cinema with a grasp of the time period from many different perspectives: Columbian drug lords, Cocaine transporters and dealers, special task force members assigned to find the aforementioned groups, local media then and now, land developers, vacationers, car salesmen, and your average Miamian. Perspectives offered were not limited in scope. I highly recommend this film.


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