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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 »

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Billy Corben

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jon Roberts Jon Roberts ... Himself
Al Sunshine Al Sunshine ... Himself
Sam Burstyn Sam Burstyn ... Himself
Mickey Munday Mickey Munday ... Himself
Bob Palumbo Bob Palumbo ... Himself
Toni Mooney Toni Mooney ... Herself
Edna Buchanan Edna Buchanan ... Herself
Joseph Davis Joseph Davis ... Himself (as Dr. Joseph Davis)
Al Singleton Al Singleton ... Himself
Louis Caruso Louis Caruso ... Himself
Raul Diaz Raul Diaz ... Himself
Jorge Ayala Jorge Ayala ... Himself (as Jorge 'Rivi' Ayala)
Nelson Andreu Nelson Andreu ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Griselda Blanco Griselda Blanco ... Herself (archive footage)
Kelly Hughes Kelly Hughes ... Girl in apt
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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 pervasive drug content, gruesome violent images, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,295, 29 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$148,872, 24 December 2006
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| (short) | (Reloaded edition)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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 »

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Griselda Blanco: [Last Title card] On June 7, 2004, Griselda was deported to Colombia.
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Vice city
18 March 2010 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Prohibit a substance and its price will rise; with big profits available beyond the protection of the law, violence will follow. Concentrate the trade for an entire country through one city and an economic boom will combine with a murder epidemic. This was what happened to Miami with cocaine in the late 1970s and early 1980s, a story told exhilaratingly in Billy Corbern's fast-moving documentary 'Cocaine Cowboys'. It's a gripping tale, and the sheer quantity of money and death in it is truly horrifying. And yet, there's also a sense in which this film leaves a slightly sour taste in the mouth, as essentially it's a platform for a pair of major smugglers and one psychopathic killer to wax lyrical about the good old days, relatively free of moral condemnation. Still, it's an amazing story, one that seems more fit to video games than to real life, and its epilogue was the construction of much of the modern city with the proceeds from the trade.


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