Released 2001


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Ted Demme
Blow is a 2001 biopic based on the book entitled Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All that documents the life of American cocaine smuggler George Jung. When George (Jesse James) is a child, his father (Ray Liotta) is forced to file for bankruptcy, and tries to teach young George a lesson about the importance of money. Now an adult, George (Johnny Depp) is living in Southern California and has made a large sum of money smuggling marijuana into the States from Mexico. George then takes the marijuana to Boston, where demand is high. George is sentence to two years in jail after being caught importing 660 pounds of dope into Chicago. He breaks out and attends to his girlfriend (Franka Potente) as she dies from cancer. After another stint at as a dealer, George decides to leave the drug business behind. Unfortunately, when his wife Mirtha (Penelope Cruz) throws a 38th birthday party for him, the cops show up and he then goes on the lam. Also starring Paul Reubens, Rachel Griffiths, Emma Roberts, Michael Tucci, and Max Perlich, Blow was a modest box office and critical success.moreless


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  • 60

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Respectable but unmemorable end result may suffer from comparison with the similarly themed, albeit differently angled, “Traffic.”

  • 50

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Depp's witty, spare performance gives the picture a poignancy -- a depth of feeling, if you'll allow the pun -- that Mr. Demme's hectic direction and the hurried script by David Mc...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    This single cautionary tale of how drug innocence gives way to woeful, hung-over experience proves to be way too predictable to effectively caution or even involve anyone.

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