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Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jon Roberts Jon Roberts ... Himself
Al Sunshine Al Sunshine ... Himself
Sam Burstyn Sam Burstyn ... Himself
Mickey Munday Mickey Munday ... Himself
Bob Palumbo Bob Palumbo ... Himself
Toni Mooney Toni Mooney ... Herself
Edna Buchanan Edna Buchanan ... Herself
Joseph Davis Joseph Davis ... Himself (as Dr. Joseph Davis)
Al Singleton Al Singleton ... Himself
Louis Caruso Louis Caruso ... Himself
Raul Diaz Raul Diaz ... Himself
Jorge Ayala Jorge Ayala ... Himself (as Jorge 'Rivi' Ayala)
Nelson Andreu Nelson Andreu ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Griselda Blanco Griselda Blanco ... Herself (archive footage)
Kelly Hughes Kelly Hughes ... Girl in apt
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Storyline

In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine Cowboys" is the true story of how Miami became the drug, murder and cash capital of the United States, told by the people who made it all happen. Written by rakontur

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The incredible true story that inspired "Scarface" and "Miami Vice".


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Rated R for pervasive drug content, gruesome violent images, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cocaine Cowboys - Die wahre Geschichte hinter Scarface und Miami Vice See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,295, 29 October 2006

Gross USA:

$150,056

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$167,078
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Rakontur See more »
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

Blanco was killed by two gunmen on a motorcycle as she walked out of a butcher shop in her hometown, Medellín, on September 3, 2012. The Miami Herald cites El Colombiano newspaper reports that one man fired two bullets into her head, executing her in the type of "motorcycle assassination" she has been credited with inventing. See more »

Quotes

Jorge Ayala: [Last Title card] On the same day Griselda was released Rivi was stabbed in a Miami Prison. He survived but refused to identify his attacker.
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This really sums it up
6 May 2008 | by bishop24312000See all my reviews

This was a spectacular depiction of the life and times of Miami in it's criminal hay day. I witnessed the carnage first hand as a member of federal law enforcement and this documentary hits the nail squarely on the head. What made this really enjoyable for me is the way the director conveys the story. It is flashy and all over the place... just like Miami at that time. This was one of the few documentaries that told the stories of both sides of the struggle. The makers of this film were also able to do something very difficult. They assembled interviews from both sides of the fight. Anyone that is or was in my line of work knows how difficult it is to pull that off. Most documentaries are steeped in biased rhetoric and never give the viewer the chance to form an opinion based on all the facts. For those of us who remember those days and can be honest with ourselves and others about the gravity of that situation, it stirs up a long stored emotion. I can understand why people may find this documentary offensive or cheap, politically correct agendas have a way of skewing reason. That mentality is probably why this behavior has gone on so long. I wish I could take some of the misinformed back in time to see the reality of those times. It makes the nonsense of today look like Disney World. This documentary was an excellent depiction of the times.


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