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How to Make Money Selling Drugs (2012)

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Ten easy steps show you how to make money from drugs, featuring a series of interviews with drug dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws.

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Matthew Cooke

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Matthew Cooke, Grant Jolly (story editor)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Woody Harrelson ... Himself
Susan Sarandon ... Herself
50 Cent ... Himself
Eminem ... Himself
David Simon ... Himself
Matthew Cooke ... Narrator
Russell Simmons ... Himself
Arianna Huffington ... Herself
'Freeway' Ricky Ross 'Freeway' Ricky Ross ... Himself (as Freeway Rick Ross)
Bobby Carlton ... Himself
Joe Gilbride Joe Gilbride ... Himself
Eric Sterling ... Himself
Mike Walzman Mike Walzman ... Himself
Pepe ... Himself
Brian O'Dea Brian O'Dea ... Himself
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Ten easy steps show you how to make money from drugs, featuring a series of interviews with drug dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws.

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Documentary | Crime

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cocaine Cowboys 3: How to Make Money Selling Drugs See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,202, 28 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,500,000, 16 October 2014
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Bert Marcus Productions See more »
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Color
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More than meets the eye
20 September 2012 | by stuartcookeincSee all my reviews

At the end of the film's premiere, the 300-odd cinema buffs at the Toronto Int Film Festival were in shock. They were still absorbing the multiple emotions evoked by the film's personalities and power. Ostensibly about the war against drugs and the drug trade, "How to Make Money Selling Drugs" paints on a much larger canvas. So many everyday impressions of how governments work, what the drug trade is, and how it's become such a scourge were overturned, it was difficult to take it all in. I think many will see the film a second or third time to fully absorb its import.

The production values are unusual for a documentary. "Talking heads" do not appear as such because everyone we get to meet comes across as a whole person, a unique individual with hopes, weaknesses, and strengths outside of the discussion at hand. They are characters in a real life story with real life consequences for them and the world around all of us. We get to know every one of them a little bit. I left wanting to learn more about many of them. What happens as a result is that the film rises to another level, another theme — a deeply human portrayal of the human condition. A surprisingly revealing mirror of ourselves. It's reporting of the highest possible caliber.


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