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Blow (29-Mar-2001)

Director: Ted Demme

Writers: Nick Cassavetes; David McKenna

Based on a book: Blow: How a Smalltown Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost it All by Bruce Porter

Keywords: True Crime, Biography, Drug Smuggling, Marijuana, Cocaine

Entrepreneuring George Jung starts in 1968 by selling marijuana to his California friends and builds up a rather sizable business, then receives a short prison sentence; incarcerated, he meets Diego Delgado, employed in the Colombian cocaine trade, which leads him to a lucrative partnership with Pablo Escobar. At one point the vast majority of imported cocaine came from his network. Provocative film, uneven at times.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Kevin Chapman
29-Jul-1962   Det. Fusco on Person of Interest
Penelope Cruz
28-Apr-1974   Woman On Top
Cliff Curtis
27-Jul-1968   Whale Rider
Ted Demme
Film Director
26-Oct-1963 13-Jan-2002 Blow
Johnny Depp
9-Jun-1963   Captain Jack Sparrow
Kevin Gage
26-May-1959   Heat
Lola Glaudini
24-Nov-1971   Criminal Minds
Bobcat Goldthwait
26-May-1962   Shakes the Clown
Rachel Griffiths
20-Feb-1968   Brenda Chenowith on Six Feet Under
Jaime King
23-Apr-1979   White Chicks
Richard LaGravenese
30-Oct-1959   Screenwriter, The Fisher King
Ray Liotta
18-Dec-1954   Goodfellas
Dorothy Lyman
18-Apr-1947   Naomi Harper on Mama's Family
Monet Mazur
17-Apr-1976   Blow
Jordi Mollà
1-Jul-1968   Diego Delgado in Blow
Max Perlich
28-Mar-1968   Brodie on Homicide
Franka Potente
22-Jul-1974   Run Lola Run
Paul Reubens
27-Aug-1952   Pee-wee Herman
Emma Roberts
10-Feb-1991   Addie Singer in Unfabulous
Miguel Sandoval
16-Nov-1951   D.A. Manuel Devalos on Medium
Ethan Suplee
25-May-1976   Frankie on Boy Meets World
Michael Tucci
15-Apr-1946   Norman Briggs on Diagnosis Murder


Review by Vamsee (posted on 20-Feb-2005)

Blow follows the real-life story of George Jung, a cocaine dealer responsible for 85% of cocaine supply to America in late 70's and early 80's.

George's father (played by Ray Liotta) is hard worker. But he doesn't make enough money to keep his wife happy. Growing up in a disputed environment has a profound effect on George and he decides that he's never going to be poor. He moves to California with his friend Tuna. Tuna and George get a small single bedroom apartment at Manhattan Beach. They meet a bunch of airplane stewardesses and George is in love with Barbie. Barbie introduces George to Derek Foreal, a Manhattan Beach legend. They go into dope business together. George, in attempts to higher his profit margin, gets Marijunana directly from Mexico, by flowing across the border in a stolen single-engine Sesna. George is caught in Chicago with 660 pounds of Marijuana. He escapes to be with Barbie, who is suffering from cancer and doesn't have much time left. When he pays his parents a visit after his girlfriend's death, his mother turns him in to the cops. This time, George is sent to Dansbury.

In prison, George is roommates with Diego. Diego introduces George to the wonderful world of Cocaine. As soon as he gets out from prison, George gets in touch with Diego. Diego asks George for a favour. The favour was to get 50 kilos of Cocaine and sell it. George re-unites with Derek Foreal and sells 50 kilos of Blow in just 36 hours. Seeing his success, the Cocaine boss of Columbia, Pablo Escobar, makes Deigo and George his partners. Deigo does not know about George's man Derek in California. George breaks up a Columbian marriage and marries the bride, Mirtha (Penelope Cruz).

When George introduces Derek and Diego, they cheat George and go into business together. George stays low for 5 years after the birth of his daugher, Kristina Sunshine Jung. But on his 38th birthday, George is busted again by the FBI and DEA. Mirtha divorces his and his daughter hates him. After release, he plans up a 4-man operation and plans to take away his daughter to California. But his team sets him up to save their own skin and George lands up in jail, again. He is sentected to Otisville till 2015. He loses the only thing he ever loves -- his daughter.

Johnny Depp's versatile performance is the catching point of the movie. If you are a Johnny Depp fan, this movie is a must.

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