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Blow

Johnny Depp , Penelope Cruz , Ted Demme    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ray Liotta, Jordi Molla, Franka Potente
  • Directors: Ted Demme
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Nexo
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KWWNI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,680 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Il giovane George Jung, stanco di vivere in una famiglia povera ma onesta e di vedere suo padre trattato come una marionetta dalla madre, si trasferisce in California tra surfisti e hostess. Con la fidanzata Barbara e l'amico Derek comincia un traffico di marijuana che lo fa finire nel mirino della polizia. Il ragazzo sembra al sicuro, ma la madre lo denuncia e lui finisce in prigione. Barbara muore di una malattia che teneva nascosta e George, che la considerava l'affetto più importante della sua vita, cade più in basso di prima. In cella conosce Diego che, appena uscito, lo fa socio di un traffico di cocaina dalla Colombia a Hollywood e poi fino alla East Coast. Ricchissimo, deposita tutti i suoi averi in una banca colombiana, sposa la bella Mirtha e diventa padre di Kristina. Più si va in alto però, più la caduta è violenta: Diego lo taglia fuori dal giro, la banca, che non era affidabile, gli fa sparire i soldi, Mirtha se ne va con la bambina, e George finisce di nuovo in carcere. Uscitone, tenta di recuperare il rapporto con la figlia, ma proprio mentre sembra riuscirvi, ricade nel giro e questa volta viene condannato all'ergastolo. Ancora oggi è recluso e finirà di scontare la pena nel 2015.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blow 26 Sep 2005
Format:DVD
George Jung, if you've never heard of him before, and I would say that most people on the east side of the Atlantic won't have had, was apparently the man who at one point was responsible for 85% of all cocaine imports into the USA. This film, "Blow" is a biopic of his life from college drifter to life prisoner.
It's certainly a roller coaster ride plotting the highs (literally) and lows of his "career". Determined not to follow his father into a life of trying to make ends meet, and trying to satisfy his materialistic mother, the young George winds up in California where every girl is an air hostess and there is enough grass to keep even the most demanding parties rocking on the beech all night. Buying and selling small amounts is just the start and soon enough George is flying in tons of grass from Mexico to feed the insatiable habit of hundreds of young Californians.
The party would seem to have come to an end when George is sent to prison for handling drugs (believe it or not) but is simply released a couple of years later knowing a hell of a lot more about the business from his Columbia cell mate.
The problem with any film like this is the temptation to glorify either the person or their lifestyle. To its credit I would say the film does neither and the viewer never really connects with the George character and instead views him as somewhat of a loser. Although the film never shows the dirty nasty side of the drugs industry is doesn't portray George as having any pleasure from his ill gotten gains and apart from a couple of flashy suits we never see what George spends his money on.
Johnny Depp plays the role of George with much aplomb and shows that his is an actor of considerable talent.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Barry
Format:DVD
This is the story of the rise and fall of George Jung played by Johnny Depp.
It follows him on his quest to make a different life for himself than he knew in childhood. Where his father (Ray Liotta) was an honest, hard working family man with a troubled marriage and little money.
When he moves to California with a friend they decide to make some extra cash by selling weed on the beach. Before long they are involved with Derek Foreal (played by Paul Reubens - remember Pee Wee Herman?) and flying to Columbia to buy cocaine direct from the producer and fly it back to America.
At the height of his success he has the American cocaine market pretty much sewn up, a beautiful wife, a big house, a collection of fast cars and a lot of cash. But as the saying goes, crime doesn't pay, and you know this can't last. When things start to go bad they go really bad, partners double-cross him, the money is gone and his marriage is over. Soon enough all he has left is the love of his daughter, but can he even keep that?
Johnny Depp is excellent in this role and you can share his excitement as the deals grow bigger and bigger and the money rolls in, as well as his sadness as things go downhill. The supporting performances from Ray Liotta and Paul Foreal are also very good. The film is accompanied by a great soundtrack, and despite it's length it never feels dragged out.
If you liked Almost Famous you will like this film, both bring you on a trip of emotional highs and lows of a true life story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blew me away.... 15 Feb 2007
By Andy
Format:DVD
Shed a tear for George, Johnny Depp was just born for this role. This should be in any decent movie collection.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DOPE DEALING DEBACLE... 2 Jan 2003
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I initially had no interest in this film, thinking who wants to see a movie about some two-bit dope dealer? My teenage son, however, rented the DVD, and I found myself a captive audience. To my surprise, it was a riveting, well-done film. Sure, it was about a two-bit dope dealer, but what a story. George Jung, an all-American kid from a hard working, hard knocks family, begins dealing marijuana during the 1960s. He develops his business into an empire, and then he decides to branch out into the sexier world of cocaine and really big money. Using his considerable entrepreneurial instinct, he makes a deal with the Columbian drug cartel. Before you know it, he is raking in millions. Unfortunately, the best-laid plans often go awry, and there is no fairy tale ending for George. This is a story of hopes, dreams, violence, greed, and betrayal.
Well directed by the late Ted Demme, the film is compelling and absorbing as it recounts George Jung's incredible odyssey in the drug trade, tracking the rise of the cocaine industry in the United States, attendant with all its violence. Johnny Depp, in the role of George Jung, makes him into a likable guy who has bitten off more than he can chew, with ultimately dire results. His is a search for the American Dream, a dream that forever remains elusive.
Ray Liotta is terrific in the role of George's father, Fred Jung, a sensitive and devoted everyman married to a hard, selfish woman, Ermine Jung, a woman who lacks all motherly instincts and is played with gritty determination by Rachel Griffiths. Jordi Molla is excellent in the role of Diego, George's entree into the world of high stakes, cocaine dealing, and Cliff Curtis is excellent as Escobar, the Columbian drug cartel's main man. Penelope Cruz is terrible as George's beautiful Latina wife, Mirtha.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "...I'd Broken A Promise..." - Blow on BLU RAY
It's the summer of 1968 and 'Boston' George Jung of New England Massachusetts (Johnny Depp) arrives on Manhattan Beach in California with $300 dollars in his pocket and his rotund... Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Blow
Excellent film. Was updating to blu ray and had to have this film. Johnny Depp plays this excellently and makes the role loveable. A must for all Depp fans : )
Published 1 month ago by Sheilz
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite film of all time
I have been trying to find a copy of this DVD for a while now as I lost mine in a house move. Once I found it I had it in my hand 24 hours later .. Wonderful
Published 3 months ago by donna woodward
5.0 out of 5 stars Drug trafficing
Johnny Depp is a lovable but somewhat stupid drugdealer. Penelope Cruz is his love interest. A well made, well paced movie. A good nights entertainment.
Published 5 months ago by JHvW
4.0 out of 5 stars drug culture gone mad
if this wasn't based on a true story I wouldn't have believed it was that easy to become an international drug dealer!
Published 6 months ago by birthday babe
4.0 out of 5 stars .
this movie mixed my emotions a little as I feel like I want to hate Johnny Depp's main character for his greed and his bad hair but on the other hand there are times that I feel... Read more
Published 9 months ago by C.M.Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
Cheap, does exactly what its supposed to, quick delivery, no problem at all. Exactly what I wanted for the price I wanted to pay!
Published 9 months ago by Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, characters and acting!
One of my ultimate fav. movies. IT is rogh it is honest but still it helps you to re-think many things about your life!
Published 10 months ago by Veronika
5.0 out of 5 stars Graet Film
Good film and well directed. not a Deep fan at all but i must say he plays this very well. a good film to watch with slight sadness to it too.
Published 11 months ago by Swordfish
3.0 out of 5 stars I got confused and thought it was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas....
Yeah I know easy mistake to make eh? Bearing in mind I thought it was a different film I actually really liked it...until the last 40-50 mins. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ms. Sarah Godfrey
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