30 for 30: Season 1, Episode 16

The Two Escobars (22 Jun. 2010)

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The rise of Colombian soccer is attributed to the influx of drug money into the sport by Pablo Escobar and the other drug cartels. However, the team's swift decline after Escobar's death results in the murder of star player Andres Escobar.

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María Ester Escobar ...
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Francisco Maturana ...
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Alexis García V. ...
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Jaime Gaviria Gómez ...
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Jhon Jairo Velásquez V. ...
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Rubén Darío Pinilla C. ...
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Juan José Bellini ...
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Fernando Rodríguez Mondragón ...
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Eduardo Rojo ...
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Leonel Alvarez ...
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Luz María Escobar ...
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Luis Fernando Herrera ...
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Fernando Brito ...
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Tom Cash ...
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Alirio López ...
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Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, many believe, Pablo Escobar's Medellín Cartel and the Cali Cartels were largely responsible for financing and building the Colombian National soccer team into one of the world's best. But in an early match against the United States in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, a Colombian defense man named Andres Escobar-no relation to Pablo-committed an own goal that led to the team's elimination. Less than ten days later, Escobar was gunned down outside a bar in a suburb of Medellin. He was shot 12 times, and the murderer shouted "goal" each time the trigger was pulled. Was Escobar's murder an isolated incident, or were gambling organizations controlled by the cartels responsible? Award-winning director Jeff Zimbalist will examine the mysterious events leading up to and surrounding Andres Escobar's death. Written by Anonymous

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The Two Escobars
18 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I too, as mentioned by some previous re-viewers, was intrigued with the subject matter. Being a huge football fan, always leads me to the path of such films, but twinning Andres Escobar's story with Pablo seemed to add an extra bit of intrigue for me. So I watched with fascination a world so far away from my own, now I don't really know much more about Pablo, other than the headlines. But this film seemed to make him out to be bit of a "Robin Hood" character. Maybe justified maybe not, but I suppose one of the best aspects of any docu-film is to inspire the viewer to find out more, which this film has. From a pure football prospective, it was a shame that some of the football commentary was "American" as they don't really get football, the one which stuck out was where they referred to the 2nd half and the "final half". I know I'm been picky, but hey that's what reviews are for? Overall if you're a football fan, you'll enjoy, if your interested in the drug world, again you'll enjoy, if your interested in what Colombia was like around that time, again you'll enjoy. So to the Zimbalist Brothers good job and looking forward to seeing your next movie.


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