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Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine ... See full summary »


Billy Corben





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Roberts Jon Roberts ... Self
Al Sunshine Al Sunshine ... Self
Sam Burstyn Sam Burstyn ... Self - Criminal Defense Attorney
Mickey Munday Mickey Munday ... Self / Tow Truck Driver
Bob Palumbo Bob Palumbo ... Self - Special Agent, Drug Enforcement Administration (as Bob Palombo)
Toni Mooney Toni Mooney ... Self - Jon Robert's Ex-Girlfriend
Edna Buchanan Edna Buchanan ... Self - Former Crime Reporter, Miami Herald
Joseph Davis Joseph Davis ... Self - Former Chief Medical Examiner, Miami-Dade County (as Dr. Joseph Davis)
Al Singleton Al Singleton ... Self - Homicide Detective, Miami-Dade Police Department
Louis Caruso Louis Caruso ... Self - Criminal Defense Attorney (as Louis Casuso)
Raul Diaz Raul Diaz ... Self - Former Narcotics Detective, Miami-Dade Police Department
Jorge Ayala Jorge Ayala ... Self - Enforcer (as Jorge 'Rivi' Ayala)
Nelson Andreu Nelson Andreu ... Self - Retired Homicide Detective, Miami Police Department
Conrad Gomez Conrad Gomez ... Assassin
Kelly Hughes Kelly Hughes ... Radio Room Girl


In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine Cowboys" is the true story of how Miami became the drug, murder and cash capital of the United States, told by the people who made it all happen. Written by rakontur

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The incredible true story that inspired "Scarface" and "Miami Vice".

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Rated R for disturbing graphic crime images, drug material and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Blanco was killed by two gunmen on a motorcycle as she walked out of a butcher shop in her hometown, Medellín, on September 3, 2012. The Miami Herald cites El Colombiano newspaper reports that one man fired two bullets into her head, executing her in the type of "motorcycle assassination" she has been credited with inventing. See more »


Griselda Blanco: [Last Title card] On June 7, 2004, Griselda was deported to Colombia.
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References Miami Vice (1984) See more »

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The real Miami Vice, or so they Claim.
6 November 2006 | by IRateFilmsSee all my reviews

A very stylized documentary, for a very stylized period of time, Cocaine Cowboys takes us into the world of Miami between 1970 and 1980. Using plush diversions with still images The Kid Stays in the Picture made popular, Cocaine Cowboys shows the immense changes Miami went through as it discovered the drug cocaine. Primarily interviewing three of the main names during this drug and blood soaked era, this film delves into a world filled with money, women and more importantly cocaine. As the film informs us, the Colombian Cartel made over ten billion dollars during their escapades in the Miami area, not only for themselves, but for the Americans helping them distribute.

The characters that are being interviewed, including an inmate captured for over twenty murders, never so much as flinch as they describe in detail, brutal murders. It is truly fascinating to listen to these criminals, two of which were released from prison, reminisce their achievements within crime organizations. This documentary does lack some of the more interesting comparisons director Billy Corben does brag about in his advertising for the film. Saying that it is the true story behind Scarface and Miami Vice, Cocaine Cowboys barely touches on these comparisons, and seems to bring the most interest from these brief allegories.

Despite this small short coming, the rest of the film is entertaining and educational, especially for a native Floridian like myself. I never really knew how large this business was in Miami until I watched this true rendition of the over fantasized films it claims to be the inspiration for. Explaining allot of what the American government will look away from, due to hefty drug money profits, does put a perspective on its true intentions, be it accepting drug money, ammunition money, or any type of blood money.

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Release Date:

23 November 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cocaine Cowboys - Die wahre Geschichte hinter Scarface und Miami Vice See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,295, 29 October 2006

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