Escobar, El patrón del mal (2012)

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The exploits of the notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar.

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David Guerrero ...
 Fabrizzio Zuleta - Billar Owner / ... (4 episodes, 2012)
Helena Mallarino ...
 Ana María Busquets de Cano (4 episodes, 2012)
Jaime Barbini ...
 Presidente De la Cruz (2 episodes, 2012)
Carlos Benjumea ...
 Carlos Motoa (2 episodes, 2012)
Nelson Camayo ...
 Jorge (2 episodes, 2012)
Fernando Corredor ...
 Padre Rafael García Herreros (2 episodes, 2012)
Harold Devasten ...
 Gildardo Gonzalez (2 episodes, 2012)
Jorge Herrera ...
 Juez Gustavo Zuluaga Serna (2 episodes, 2012)
Carlos Hurtado ...
 Crisanto Pérez (2 episodes, 2012)
Carlos Mariño ...
 'Marino' (2 episodes, 2012)
Fabio Restrepo ...
 Javier Ortiz (2 episodes, 2012)
Carlos Manuel Vesga ...
 Procurador Carlos Mauro Hoyos (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Laura (2 episodes)
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The exploits of the notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar.

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The series was created by Camilo Cano and Juana Uribe who are both closely tied with Pablo Escobar. Camilo Cano is the son of Guillermo Cano who was the publisher of newspaper El Espectador and who was murdered by Escobar in December 1986. Juana Uribe is the vice president of Caracol TV and also the series' producer. She is the daughter to Maruja Pachón who was kidnapped by Pablo Escobar on 7 November 1990 and later released. Juana is also the niece to presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán who was killed by Escobar in August 1989. See more »

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The series is set in the mid-1980s but all the $20 and $100 dollar bills shown were introduced in the 2000s. See more »

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Best Portrait of a Super Villain Ever
11 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

'Escobar, El patrón del mal' presents a complex picture of a super villain in a Colombian telenovela portrayal of Pablo Escobar. There all types of characters in the telenovela. There are almost pure villains such as Pablo Escobar who however was quite the family man, individuals who readily acquiesced to great evil such as his brother, individuals who were willingly blind to great evil such as his wife, heroes who gave there lives to rid Columbia of the scourge of Pablo Escobar, such as the politicians Galan and Lara, and the editor of El Spectador who was very far from a spectator but who rather railed against the horrors of the drug trade at the cost of his life, basically ineffectual though not corrupt generals, such as the top general, corrupt generals and corrupt colonels, a very diverse group of hit men who were sometimes quite religious and in fact quite a few individuals in the cartels were very religious, though the pope could very well hold another view. Pablo Escobar's mother was apparently of the belief that the child Jesus was protecting Pablo. The top criminals are uniformly very well played though the acting otherwise is so so. About 1/15th of the telenovela is about the actual selling of drugs with the focus of the telenovela largely on the impact of Escobar on Colombian society as a whole. One gets a very different view of corruption in Columbia from the telenovela. People who opposed Escobar were killed right and left by the hundreds and that included many judges and many, many police officers. Escobar delivered either bullets or gold. Being against corruption at a safe distance is a lot easier than when a gun is pointed at one's head. Many of the major events portrayed did happen and in fact made headlines around the world such as the assassinations of Galan, Lara and Cano. In all probability some of the minor events are fabrications such as the gay sex parties thrown by the Carlos Lederer character. Pablo Escobar apparently did like 14 and 15 year old virgins but were there forced abortions by veterinarians? Probably not. Still Pablo Escobar is not presented as more evil than he was. He blew up an airliner, arranged for car bombs, assassinated leading presidential candidates. There are 74 one hour episodes which is a lot of time to invest but 'Escobar' is basically worth the time. This is a Colombian telenovela and there are very long set ups and long denouements. A lot of the set ups and denouements are centered on victims and personalizing the terrors inflicted on victims via long set ups and long denouncements shows the tragedies inflicted on Columbia by Escobar. That said, however, the fast forward is almost a necessity at least for someone who by and large watches US shows with the short scenes of such shows. 'Escobar' probably will not gain a large US viewership but unfortunately the types of events presented are not yesterday's news. Something very similar is happening in Mexico now with the Mexican cartels. There has been some complaint that 'Escobar' romanticizes Escobar. I don't see that at all. Escobar is shown as a very effective leader but Escobar at the same time is presented as doing great evil and hurting what he most loved, his family. The ruthless, immoral drive of Escobar to get exactly and everything he wanted is what got Escobar to the top of narcotrafficking but the same drive, which generated tremendous conflicts, contained the seeds of his defeat which 'Escobar' clearly shows. In a sense Pablo Escobar had a splintered mind. For example, Escobar didn't see any conflict with being good friends with individuals, friendship is a good, but then killing those very same individuals later to get money, as to be rich is good. To live beyond lavishly, to be sympathetic to the aspirations of leftist guerrillas but to betray those same guerrillas for a tactical advantage later on made perfect sense to Escobar. He was was apparently truly thankful to an old woman who saved him when he was lost in the jungle, a friendly and generous superiority was part of being a good patron up close which was a good, but killed her on departing as she might speak to the police. Escobar would just deny any conflict with other goals when he was determined to gain something he wanted. A very important ingredient of Escobar's success was that he could be a very good husband, father, friend and patron up close. Super villains are frequently portrayed as being dreadful to be around with minions being stepped on constantly. Escobar up close, however, frequently appeared as the good patron with his minions. Americans may be expecting something along the lines of the dreadful 'American Gangster' by Ridley Scott but 'Escobar' is so much better. All in all, as long as the fast forward is used judiciously, 'Escobar, El patrón del mal' is one of the best TV shows ever in any land at any time in which a complex portrait of Colombian society is presented in the high days of narcotrafficking in Columbia along with the best portrait of a super villain ever.


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