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Seeds of Tragedy (1991)

Traces a seedling of coca planted in Peru through the process of its growth, harvest, processing as cocaine, and shipment to the gang-controlled streets of Los Angeles while exploring its ... See full summary »

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Martin Donovan

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Alex Lasker
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Cast

Credited cast:
Juan Ignacio Aranda Juan Ignacio Aranda
Luisa Avita Luisa Avita ... Carlitos' Mother
Richard Bairos ... Bo
Stephen Black Stephen Black ... Russ
Alison Brooks Alison Brooks ... Lakeisha
Sarah Buxton ... Amy
Chao Li Chi ... Dishwasher
Roberto D'Amico
Miguel Ángel de la Cueva Miguel Ángel de la Cueva ... Rafael
Jair De Rubin Jair De Rubin ... Coco
David DeLuise ... Customer
Brian Donovan ... Vince
Christopher Easton Christopher Easton ... Payne
Alberto Estrella ... Guerilla Leader
Miguel Fernandes ... Saavedra
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Traces a seedling of coca planted in Peru through the process of its growth, harvest, processing as cocaine, and shipment to the gang-controlled streets of Los Angeles while exploring its impact on the lives of everyone it touches along the way.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kokain - Krieg um weißes Gold See more »

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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Poetic Shock To The System
16 April 2004 | by don_aguSee all my reviews

What an amazing, unexpected treat. Lorenz Tate, from Dead Presidents fame seals the journey this glorious film encourages us to undertake. My only points of reference were the afore mentioned Lorenz Tate, a truly soulful actor and Martin Donovan, a mysterious and classically unconventional director, I wasn't at all prepared by the jolting surprises, visual and emotional the film had in store for me. It changes style every time that the "seed of tragedy" changes hands. The opening is like a fairy tale, mystic, beautiful, strange, with a performance by Lucino Hernandez that defies description. The film moves through South America with a wink to the early Luis Bunuel. The arrival to Texas is pure Sam Peckinpah, even the score reminds us of "The Getaway" as the journey continues, glimpses of Sam Fuller, Douglas Sirk and Scorsese take us to the emotional wallop of the end, courtesy of another Tate, Lhamar, with another moving, powerful performance. I was and still am kind of numb. I loved the poetry and the daringness. I want to see it again, but the film is not listed anywhere. Did I imagine the whole thing? I hope not and I hope you all can see it too. It doesn't look or feel like anything you've ever seen before, at least not in one single film.


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