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Blow (2001)

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The story of how George Jung, along with the Medellín Cartel headed by Pablo Escobar, established the American cocaine market in the 1970s in the United States.

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Ted Demme

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... George Jung
Penélope Cruz ... Mirtha Jung (as Penelope Cruz)
Franka Potente ... Barbara Buckley
Rachel Griffiths ... Ermine Jung
Paul Reubens ... Derek Foreal
Jordi Mollà ... Diego Delgado (as Jordi Molla)
Cliff Curtis ... Pablo Escobar
Miguel Sandoval ... Augusto Oliveras
Ethan Suplee ... Tuna
Ray Liotta ... Fred Jung
Kevin Gage ... Leon Minghella
Max Perlich ... Kevin Dulli
Jesse James ... Young George
Miguel Pérez ... Alessandro (as Miguel Perez)
Dan Ferro ... Cesar Toban
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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Taglines:

Based on a True Story.

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Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug content and language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

New Line Cinema

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blow: One Man's Life See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,443,461, 8 April 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,990,775

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$83,282,296
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to the Director's Commentary, the tape that George Jung leaves for his father near the end of the movie is a verbatim transcript of a tape that the real George Jung recorded under similar circumstances. See more »

Goofs

When George and Tuna move to Manhattan Beach, California in 1968 George is wearing a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Oakley didn't become a company until 1975. The sunglasses George is wearing have the Oakley Icon logo on the side of them. The Oakley Icon logo didn't appear on sunglasses until 1994. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
George: That's a nice boy. Go get 'em, Dulli.
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Crazy Credits

A photograph of the real George Jung appears at the end of the film, as the credits start to roll. See more »

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Cocaine, They Started that. Your Welcome.
2 April 2001 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

That statement was said by Denis Leary who, not surprisingly, co-produced this drug epic with Ted Demme who not only directs this film, but Leary's special No Cure for Cancer. Watching that special, I would've never expected a movie this good and serious, but it is. And unless a better film comes along this year, Blow might just be the best film of 2001.

In this bio-pic, George Jung is a guy who starts out by selling pot in the California area. After a while though, he progresses to selling cocaine in the late 70's and early 80's with the infamous Pablo Ecobar, and becomes a multi-millionaire (Jung, played by Jonny Depp very well, explains that if you bought cocaine in that time period in America, there would be a 85 percent chance it was from him). But then we see how things change with time, especially with Jung, which makes this movie even more fascinating and excellent.

While Blow is stylish, smart and hard edged with good stuff, the film also has compassion and feeling, in-particular in the third act which gives this movie a clever turn. Also with brilliant acting from the cast (the ensemble includes Depp, Paul Ruebens, Penelope Cruz and in a twist of a role from GoodFellas, Ray Liotta as Jung's dad) and a well told story, this is one of the best bio-pics and drug movies of the 00's.


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