Blow 2001

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George Jung (Johnny Depp), having seen his parents defeated by poverty vows to do better for himself and when his marajuana dealing operation lands him in jail the chance to join the drugs big league beckons. On release, George seizes the opportunities of the 1970s American cocaine boom, establishing himself as the man behind 85% of the country's entire supply. But George doesn't have the icy d...

Starring:
Johnny Depp,Penelope Cruz
Runtime:
1 hour 58 minutes

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Blow

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Crime
Director Ted Demme
Starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz
Supporting actors Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths, Paul Reubens
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 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 on 10 Sep 2001
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 15 Feb 2007
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. E. R. Mazonowicz on 7 July 2006
Format: DVD
A true story: George Jung was one of the most notorious cocaine dealers in the USA in the 1970's. Starring Johnny Depp as George and Penelope Cruz as his beautiful but difficult wife, this movie tells the story of his life from college until his last deal, which landed him in prison (sorry) I belive Mr Jung, when approached about the idea of a movie about his life, requested that he be played by Johnny Depp. A very wise move i think. One of my favourite films of the last few years. Reminiscent of 'Goodfellows' (Ray Liotta actually plays George's father) but with a few more heart melting moments. In my humble opinion, one of the best of it's kind in the last few years.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Jan 2003
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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