The story of George Jung, along with the Medellín Cartel, headed by Pablo Escobar established the American cocaine market in the 1970s in the United States.

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A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for pervasive drug content and language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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6 April 2001 (USA)  »

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$53,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,443,461 (USA) (8 April 2001)

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$52,990,775 (USA)
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Trivia

In one scene, George (Johnny Depp) has his suitcase searched at an airport. When a pair of women's underwear are found, George says "Hard to break old habits." This is an obvious reference to Depp's previous film Ed Wood (1994) in which Depp's character is well known for wearing women's underwear. See more »

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The man that leads them to their first Mexican marijuana connection has his hair in a ponytail. In the next shot when they are following him, his hair is loose. See more »

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[first lines]
George: That's a nice boy. Go get 'em, Dulli.
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Crazy Credits

A photograph of the real George Jung appears at the end of the film, as the credits start to roll. See more »

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Referenced in Brows Held High: W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (2012) See more »

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La Noche De La Fiesta
Written by Kerry P. Brown
Performed by Kerry P. Brown
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Better than expected
13 June 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Based on a true story of how the American cocaine market was founded, this is a lot more funky than I had expected. A thumpingly good soundtrack right from the start and Johnny Depp cruising in to be a convincingly laid-back big-shot - almost like a graduate from Boogie Nights. Penelope Cruz manages to be blisteringly erotic in a few well-crafted scenes and without removing a stitch of clothing. Later, instead of following the usual pattern of despair in the second half where most drug movies home in on drug dependency, Blow refreshingly focuses on the emotional losses suffered by the characters. A film that just about manages to be more than the sum of its parts, it would have made a nice sort of pre-quel to Traffic, but it stands alone in fine form. And it's moving rather than depressing.


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