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Cocaine Godmother (2017)

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The real life of Colombian drug lord, Griselda Blanco, who reportedly masterminded more than 200 murders. This film presents her life story from the time she was a young girl to the end of her life.


Guillermo Navarro


Molly McAlpine, David McKenna (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Griselda Blanco
Jenny Pellicer ... Carolina
Alejandro Edda ... Rudy
Warren Christie ... Jimmy
Juan Pablo Espinosa ... Alberto Bravo
José Julián ... Uber Trujillo Blanco
Raúl Méndez ... Darío Sepúlveda
Matteo Stefan ... Dixon Trujillo Blanco
Spencer Borgeson ... Osvaldo Trujillo Blanco
Isabella Sierra Isabella Sierra ... Young Griselda
Matthew Hooper Matthew Hooper ... Toddler Dixon
Jonah Stark Jonah Stark ... Young Dixon
Jaden Rain Jaden Rain ... Young Osvaldo
Stefan Djuric Stefan Djuric ... Toddler Uber
Lauren Guci Lauren Guci ... Young Michael


The life of drug lord Griselda Blanco, a pioneer in the Miami-based cocaine trade. At the age of 17, Griselda Blanco, made her way to the U.S. with a fake passport with her first husband Carlos. Living in Queens with her three sons, Griselda became enticed by the money the drug world offered, and quickly became embroiled with local drug runners. Griselda masterminded the use of beautiful women, the elderly and children as the mules and created false-bottom suitcases to smuggle cocaine from Colombia. With money rolling in, her sons abandoned school and entered the family business instead. Written by AnonymousB

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Release Date:

20 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cocaine Godmother See more »

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16:9 HD
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She was known as the "Black Widow" after allegedly killing over 200 people in her lifetime, but only served 10 years in prison. She was then deported back to Colombia where she lived out the rest of her days until her own assassination on September 3, 2012. Three of her children were also killed, with only her youngest son surviving. See more »


When Griselda kisses the supposedly dead Carolina you can see Carolina blink. See more »

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B-grade production that tells an interesting story
22 January 2018 | by TheTopDawgSee all my reviews

Guillermo Navarro, primarily know for his cinematography in some big blockbusters was also the director in this film. This was a bad decision.

His cinematography skills were absent in this film, and although his directing was decent behind the camera, he failed in directing his actors.. miserably.

The acting, even for a TV film, was very sub par. You can't put all the blame on Catherine Zeta-Jones, she did as well as she was directed (also considering she hasn't been active in her career lately), as did the rest of the cast. Perhaps the director did his best as well with such a poorly assembled screenplay by amateur Molly McAlpine (her first and only writing credit). Writer David McKenna did an ok job on a story that I feel would have been better produced as a blockbuster production, not a TV film.

The story was what kept me interested in this film, and it was told rather decent, even if narrated by the DEA agent (I'm not a fan of narrated films). I've never heard of Griselda Blanco until this film, and am shocked no one has decided to produced this as a blockbuster film, as there's much to tell in a far more interesting production that I fell would be a hit on the big screen. Maybe someone will finally step up now.

A great story that held my interest, even if produced poorly, even by made-for-TV standards. I'd probably see it again, but hopefully in a bigger, better big-screen production.

It's an 8/10 from me

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