Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was ...
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Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was aggressively sold in ghettos across the country to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras' rebel army. Despite enormous pressure not to, Webb chose to pursue the story and went public with his evidence, publishing the series "Dark Alliance". As a result he experienced a vicious smear campaign fueled by the CIA. At that point Webb found himself defending his integrity, his family, and his life.Written by
Milena Joy Morris
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, cast as Anna Simons, Gary Webb's editor, welcomed the opportunity to portray "a young female who has risen through the ranks quickly in her career, carrying her own weight and being respected by the men around her." Winstead said: "That's always something exciting for me to get to play on-screen. Anna, like the other characters, is only human. It's something that [director] Michael Cuesta and I talked a lot about. I can't fault her for doing what she did." See more »
The first time Gary visits Nicaragua there is a shot of one of the streets, there you can see the logo of the telecommunications company Claro, which did not exist until 2003 and didn't arrive to Nicaragua until 2006. See more »
Public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive.
For nearly a year, I have been devoting increasing attention to a problem which strikes at the very heart of our national well-being: Drug abuse.
I did not condone any drug abuse, and we'll do everything possible to reduce this serious threat to our society.
Drugs are menacing our society. They're threatening our values and ...
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Just before the closing credits, there is a short video showing the real Gary Webb at home with his children. See more »
It was a movie that made me think, as it involved a different angle to a subject that I knew something about.
The trailer suggest that the movie is about the true story of Gary Webb's article that suggest the CIA were evolved with drug dealing as a way to fund a war in the 1980's, but as the title of the movie described the people read the article and ran with their own conspiracies which lead to a CIA cover up that lead to Webb's downward spiral.
It is an Intriguing tell of a journalist trying to keep his integrity while forces were trying to ruin it to keep their own.
Jeremy Renner drove his acting vehicle well, not well enough in my opinion to win an Oscar or anything, but it proves that he can headline anything.
Definitely a good movie to sit through.
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