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The Legend of Cocaine Island (2018)

TV-MA | | Documentary | 29 March 2019 (USA)
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A desperate man goes on a buried treasure hunt for $2 million worth of cocaine.


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Credited cast:
Bo Butterworth ... Andy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bri Bryant ... Waitress
Andy Culpepper Andy Culpepper ... Himself
Greg Engleberg ... Swat Officer
Matthew Ezell ... Customs Officer
Edward Steven Harris II ... Himself - Homeland Security SRT Team (archive footage) (credit only)
Emily Hyden Emily Hyden ... Herself
Jamie Hyden Jamie Hyden ... Herself
Rodney Hyden ... Himself
Michael Opal ... Officer Johnson
Danny Pardo ... Carlos
Marlene B. Russell Marlene B. Russell ... Traveler #1
Paul D. Schad ... Customs Supervisor - reenactment
Melissa Moore Stockham ... Traveler #3
Jesse Yarborough Jesse Yarborough ... Traveler #2


A desperate man goes on a buried treasure hunt for $2 million worth of cocaine.

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a documentary treasure hunt




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29 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die legendäre Kokain-Insel See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Entertaining documentary and one hell of a story
29 March 2019 | by maccas-56367See all my reviews

Netflix is going to end up responsible for inspiring a generation of drug dealers or criminal enterprises - but damn, these documentaries are as oddly addictive as the drugs they feature.

"The Legend of Cocaine Island" is in a similar vein to "Operation Odessa", though not quite as crazy and less charismatic. The main guy here (Rodney) just comes across as a somewhat unlikable, fat, greedy guy who pretends to be remorseful for his greed-fuelled actions. The supporting cast of characters is far more interesting - Andy and Dee in particular.

The doco keeps a good pace and it's certainly a larger-than-life story that is hard to look away from. Who doesn't love a good treasure hunt story? This time, the "treasure" just happens to be $2 million worth of cocaine. "The Legend of Cocaine Island" is as much an ode to the art of storytelling as it is a crime documentary - each person here knows how to spin a story.

How much of it is actually true - who knows? But it's entertaining nonetheless! The ambiguous ending was an intriguing way to wrap things up - and certain to boost "tourism" numbers in Puerto Rico.

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