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(2001)

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To prepare for the role, Johnny Depp interviewed the real George Jung in prison.
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Director Ted Demme died less than a year later, while playing basketball. A postmortem toxicology test showed cocaine in his system.
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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.
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Rachel Griffiths plays Ermine Jung (George's mother). The actress is five years younger than Johnny Depp (George).
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A lot of Johnny Depp's dialogue was improvised, including the scene where they are trying to find a place to put all their money from selling coke and his line "We're gonna need a bigger boat" (a quote from Jaws (1975)).
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The real George Jung was released from prison on June 2, 2014. He was due to be freed in November, but was released early after fulfilling a plea bargain by testifying against his co-conspirators. Jung will reside in a San Francisco halfway house until he re-adjusts to society.
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The actors snorted milk powder in the cocaine scenes.
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Ray Liotta, who plays George's (Johnny Depp's) father, is only eight years older than Depp.
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When George is in the courtroom the first night before he finds out that Barbara's sick, the words that he is reciting to convince the judge that he is innocent are lines from Bob Dylan's song "It Ain't Me Babe" and Woody Guthrie's song "Pretty Boy Floyd".
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George's last line, "There are no more white horses or pretty ladies at my door" is a reference to the Emerson Lake and Palmer song "Lucky Man".
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Although she was at the premiere, Emma Roberts did not see the movie until about six years after its release.
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When George is sharing a cell in prison with Diego, George is seen reading a paperback while reclining on his top bunk. The book is "Hell's Angels" written by Hunter S. Thompson, the author whom Depp previously portrayed in the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).
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In one scene, George (Johnny Depp) has his suitcase searched at an airport. When a pair of women's underwear are found, George says "Hard to break old habits." This is an obvious reference to Depp's previous film Ed Wood (1994) in which Depp's character is well known for wearing women's underwear.
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The film takes place in 1955, 1968, 1969, 1976, 1980, 1987, 1990, and 1994.
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The scene at the hotel (where Johnny Depp gets shot in the shoulder) was supposed to be taking place in Miami Beach. It was filmed at a small hotel outside of downtown Los Angeles, where it was raining, and about 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Shooting had to be delayed briefly, because the actor's breath could be seen on film.
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Emma Roberts' film debut.
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Paul Reubens previously did an anti-crack PSA as his character Pee-Wee Herman before starring in this movie, which caused criticism from anti-drug companies.
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While the closing scene claims Kristina never visited George in prison, there have since been unconfirmed reports that the two have reconciled. She is even billed as "Clerk," although her scene did not make the final cut.
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Emma Roberts, as an adult, said that she can't believe she worked with Johnny Depp.
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John Leguizamo was offered a role in this film, but turned it down because he was already working on Moulin Rouge! (2001).
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Based on Bruce Porter's 1993 book Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the MedellĂ­n Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All.
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Denis Leary was originally cast as Derek Foreal.
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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.
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Ray Liotta and Rachel Griffiths, who play husband and wife, share the same birthday, December 18th.
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George Jung hid marijuana in an RV, and delivered it to customers. Emma Roberts, who played George's daughter, later starred in We're the Millers (2013), a comedy about a fake family who smuggles marijuana in an RV.
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Various Colombian characters call Pablo Escobar "El Padrino" (Spanish for "The Godfather"). Trying to blend in, George Jung repeatedly calls him "El Padrone" ("padrone" is Italian for "boss").
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English-language film debut of Franka Potente.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The scene where Ray Liotta asks Johnny Depp where he got the money to pay for Franka Potente's wedding ring, Johnny Depp says, "Construction." This is a reference to Goodfellas (1990) where Lorraine Bracco asks Ray Liotta how he can afford to pay everyone with twenty-dollar bills and why he knows everyone so well, Ray Liotta then replies, "Construction."
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There's a pattern to the film's plot. Everytime George says "everything is perfect", things will start to go wrong in his life.
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