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Blow (2001)

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Coming Out at 6 April 2001 in theaters

Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow is biographical crime film, directed by Ted Demme, about American cocaine smuggler George Jung. David McKenna and Nick Cassavetes adapted Bruce Porter’s 1993 book Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All for the screenplay. It is based on the real-life stories of George Jung, Pablo Escobar, Carlos Lehder Rivas (portrayed in the film as Diego Delgado), and the Medellín Cartel. The film’s title comes from a slang term for cocaine.

Blow was the final theatrical film directed by Demme to be released in his lifetime.

A young George Jung and his parents Fred and Ermine live in Weymouth, Massachusetts. When George is ten years old, Fred files for bankruptcy, but tries to make George realize that money is not important.

As an adult, George moves to Los Angeles with his friend “Tuna”; they meet Barbara, an airline stewardess, who introduces them to Derek Foreal, a marijuana dealer. With Derek’s help, George and Tuna make a lot of money. Kevin Dulli, a visiting college student from Boston, tells them of the demand for marijuana back home. They start selling marijuana there, buying marijuana directly from Mexico with the help of Santiago Sanchez, a Mexican drug lord. Two years later, George is caught in Chicago trying to import 660 pounds (300 kg) of marijuana and is sentenced to two years. After unsuccessfully trying to plead his innocence, George skips bail to take care of Barbara, who dies from cancer. Her death marks the disbanding of the group of friends; even Tuna flees their vacation home in Mexico and is never seen again.

Director: Ted Demme

Writers: Bruce Porter (book), David McKenna, Nick Cassavetes

Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths, Paul Reubens, Jordi Mollà, Cliff Curtis

Cast:

Johnny DeppGeorge Jung
Penélope CruzMirtha Jung
Franka PotenteBarbara Buckley
Rachel GriffithsErmine Jung
Paul ReubensDerek Foreal
Jordi MollàDiego Delgado
Cliff CurtisEscobar
Miguel SandovalAugusto Oliveras
Ethan SupleeTuna
Ray LiottaFred Jung
Kevin GageLeon Minghella
Max PerlichKevin Dulli
Jesse JamesYoung George
Miguel PérezAlessandro
Dan FerroCesar Toban
Tony AmendolaSanchez
Bobcat GoldthwaitMr. T
Michael TucciDr. Bay
Monet MazurMaria
Lola GlaudiniRada
Jennifer GimenezInez
Emma RobertsYoung Kristina Jung
Jaime KingKristina Jung
Charles NolandJack Stevens
Pamela AbdyBeach Woman #3
John Harrington BlandFBI Waiter #1
Jimmy BurkeFBI Waiter #4
Brantley BushFBI Waiter #3
Kevin ChapmanDEA Eastham
The DawkGuard (Visit Area #2)
Ted DemmeArchie Sigmond
Crystal EricksonStewardess #1
Daniel EscobarEmilio Ochoa
Tracy FalcoBeach Woman #2
Jean-Carlos FelixPrison Guard (Warden’s Office)
Lazaro GalarragaBand Singer
Brian GoodmanGuard Gus
Vanessa GraysonStewardess #3
Elif GuertinStewardess #2
Josh HermanDetective #1
Faith HooverStewardess #6
Brad HuntGG
Patrick HustedBank Manager
Kristina JungClerk
Ralph KampshoffGuard (Visit Area #1)
Ajgie KirklandJames Trout
Skip O’BrienCustoms Agent
Richard LaGraveneseDetective #2
Roberto LopezGuard (Danbury)
Lydell M. CheshierInmate #3
Dorothy LymanJudge (Chicago)
Jodie MannNurse (Cape Cod)
Charles MartinizBank Employee
Genevieve MaylamBeach Woman #1
Gonzalo MenendezRamon Ochoa
Mauricio MendozaBenny
Carlos MendozaTony
Alan James MorganYoung Tuna
Randy MulkeyEmployee #1
Kathleen MullanBeach Woman #5
Meriah NelsonStewardess #4
Tony PerezBank President
Jack PolickBen
Michael RalphInmate #2
Raoul N. RizikRafael Ojeda
Matthew RobinsonInmate #1
Elizabeth RodriguezMartha Oliveras
Bert RosarioBank President (Panama)
Leslie SchirrmacherStewardess #5
Dale SnowbergerFBI Waiter #2
Sophie TsimelBeach Woman #4
Julia VeraClara Blanca
Santiago VerduJuan Carlos
Pamela WalkerFBI Waiter #5
Dan AndreiuPrison Inmate
Ricardo AzulayRestaurant / Bar Patron
Twyla BanksInmate’s Daughter
Anastasia BlueOne of Derek Foreal’s Party Girls
Greg BronsonPrison Inmate
Nick CassavetesMan in Derek’s Salon
Lisa ClaireBeach Vendor
Al CoronelSalsa Dancer
Ari DavisCar Mechanic
Anna de CardiFriend at Pool Party
Dana EmbersonBeach Cyclist
Janine FosterFlight Attendant
Miguel Ángel FuentesBody Guard for Pablo Escobar
Ted HollisMale Patron
Jorge JimenezAlessandro’s Guy
Jacque LawsonBiker
Cynthia LoebePrincipal
Corey LubakPrison inmate
Melissa Reneé MartinOne of Derek Foreal’s Party Girls
Katy MikelleOfficer
Pino MoreauColombian Drug Dealer
Jo PriceBusiness Woman
Hayden raeHead Security Guard (Bank Safe)
Bobby ReedDEA Agent
Leonel RendónPriest
Joe RosarioBanker
Joey SotelloParty Guest
Crafty St. JamesAirplane Mechanic
Bill WillensBiker
Lars WoodsFBI Undercover Agent

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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