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American Drug War: The Last White Hope (2007)

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The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure? Inspired by the death of four family members from "legal drugs" Texas filmmaker Kevin Booth sets out to discover why the Drug War has become such a big failure. Three and a half years in the making the film follows gang members, former DEA agents, CIA officers, narcotics officers, judges, politicians, prisoners and celebrities. Most notably the film befriends Freeway Ricky Ross; the man many accuse for starting the Crack epidemic, who after being arrested discovered that his cocaine source had been working for the CIA. AMERICAN DRUG WAR shows how money, power and greed have corrupted not just dope fiends but an entire government. More importantly, it shows what can be done about it. This is not some 'pro-drug' stoner film, but a collection of expert testimonials from the ground troops on the front lines of the drug war, the ones who are ... Written by Kevin Booth

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Amazing Documentary
12 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this documentary! Wonderfully done! Lots of amazing and aggravating information in this movie. Watch it and watch it again! I was surprised to find out that 85% of Americans who say that they use illegal drugs say that they only use marijuana. I was also surprised to find out that according to a Gallup poll several years ago 80% of Americans do not think that marijuana is dangerous. It's pretty amazing in the context of those statistics that it's still illegal. I thought that the way this documentary is done is particularly well though. Lots of different perspectives, lots of former drug fighters talking from experience. The director puts a lot of things into proper perspective. Highly recommended!


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