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Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

The story of how Miami became the cocaine capital of the United States in the early 1980's and the police officers who turned the tide on crime.


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 »


Jon Roberts: Roberts returned to Florida as a condition of his parole.
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Referenced in 30 for 30: The U (2009) See more »

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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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Release Date:

23 November 2007 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA


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Opening Weekend USA:

$36,295, 29 October 2006

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