The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. Written by
During an interview with comedian Gilbert Gottfried at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, director Barry Levinson recounted that he first became involved with show business reluctantly accompanying his friend George to an acting class in 1968. As Levinson became more and more interested in the class, his friend's interest waned and the two eventually lost touch when Levinson relocated to be closer to the film and television industry. Although he was aware that George was selling marijuana at the time, Levinson had no idea what became of his friend until he saw this film and learned that he became the largest cocaine dealer in America. The two reconnected following Jung's 2015 release from prison, when Jung recounted watching Levinson at the Oscars during his incarceration. See more »
When Georges party gets busted on his birthday the Fed agent that carries out his daughter is the same actor that was the police detective that escorted him out of his parents house. See more »
That's a nice boy. Go get 'em, Dulli.
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A photograph of the real George Jung appears at the end of the film, as the credits start to roll. See more »
True Story of USA's Favourite Self-Made Drug Smuggler
Having Watched all of the extras on the DVD version of Blow I have to come to a conclusion:- If you want to watch a film that tracks the whole life of someone who has literally been there and done that, then this film is for you. From the 'groovy' pot filled days of the sixties to the 'glossy' cocaine nights of the early eighties right up to the harsh reality of the present day. Blow takes everything that George Jung has lived through and why he has lived his life the way he has. All the colourful characters that he encounters merely help the story along, Depp is very much the centre of attention and he thrives in it. Notable performances also come from Ray Liotta as the understanding and loving father and Penelope Cruz for her transformation from love interest to greedy good for nothing cocaine addict. Lovers of modern day period films such as Catch Me if You Can will love the detailed sets and perfect costumes. All in all and great story that has been transformed into a great film. The film also has to gain marks for it sublime soundtrack filled with cooler than cool songs to help set the scene. With few glaring problems the film will do you no harm if you watch it.
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