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Cocaine Cowboys (1979)

Dustin (Tom Sullivan) is the leader of a rock band on the brink of super-stardom. Until now they have juggled their music career with cocaine smuggling. The musicians, and their manager Raf... See full summary »

Director:

Ulli Lommel

Writers:

Ulli Lommel (screenplay), Spencer Compton (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Palance ... Raphael
Tom Sullivan Tom Sullivan ... Dustin
Andy Warhol ... Self
Suzanna Love ... Lucy
Pete Huckabee Pete Huckabee ... Dean
Richard Young ... Terry
Tony Munafo Tony Munafo ... Phil (as Tony Manufo)
Richard Bassett Richard Bassett ... Herman (as Richard Basset)
Tzi Ma ... Jimmy Lee
Chuck Blackwell
Ron Morgan Ron Morgan
Chuck Hasley Chuck Hasley
Winnie Hollman Winnie Hollman
Esther Oldham-Farfan Esther Oldham-Farfan ... (as Esther Oldham)
Jan Sullivan Jan Sullivan
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Dustin (Tom Sullivan) is the leader of a rock band on the brink of super-stardom. Until now they have juggled their music career with cocaine smuggling. The musicians, and their manager Raf (Jack Palance), wish to sever ties with organized-crime, leave the drug world behind and concentrate on music. However they are coerced into doing one last job for the Mob. They lose the $2 million of cocaine, and find themselves marked men unless they can fulfill their obligations. Written by INFOFREAKO

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Kilos, Killers and the Colombian Connection! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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R | See all certifications »
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Although released before Blank Generation (1980), Cocaine Cowboys (1979) was filmed after that film was completed. See more »

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1970s Rock'n'roll drug oddity.
5 September 2001 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Cocaine Cowboys' is a curious movie directed by Ulli Lommel, who is also responsible for another obscure 70s rock-related film with an Andy Warhol cameo 'Blank Generation'. 'Blank Generation' has been unfairly forgotten and is really worth watching. 'Cocaine Cowboys' probably deserves its obscurity. Unless you're a massive Jack Palance or Warhol fan there's not much on offer here. The uncharismatic Tom Sullivan (who he?) plays the lead role, a rock singer, and also co-writes the forgettable songs. The band he fronts sounds dated even for the time, kinda Joe Cocker and the Grease Band meets Bad Company, but with sub-par material. No wonder he went on to nothing in particular.

The plot concerns a rock band who are also cocaine smugglers. They want to get out of the drug business, but must go through with one last deal. No surprise that it all goes wrong and that their Mob buddies want blood. Jack Palance plays their cigar-chomping manager. Andy Warhol plays himself and does very little. His involvement seems mainly for the benefit of promoting his 'Interview' magazine. Fair enough. But why Palance would agree to be involved in this b-grade bore is anybody's guess.

For 70s obsessives only.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1980 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

Cocaína Cowboys See more »

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