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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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Billy Corben

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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".


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Company Credits

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Rakontur See more »
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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

Jon Roberts: Roberts returned to Florida as a condition of his parole.
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Referenced in Hotline Miami (2012) See more »

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Miami's real vice
28 June 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Life was good in Miami in the 70s. You could blow into town with $500 dollars in your pocket, and the next things you know, you are burying millions in your bag yard, driving the hottest cars, have two or three cigarette boats, a string of race horse, and land all the way up to horse country in Marion County. You didn't think twice about dropping $20,000 on food and drink because you had so much. The Miami skyline was booming with two dozen construction cranes operating, cars were selling like hotcakes, and there was no trace of the recession that was occurring elsewhere in the US.

But, then came the 80s and there were 100,000 illegal Colombians in Miami and Castro had just flushed Cuba's toilet and dumped his criminals into the city in the Mariel boat lift. War began between the drug dealers on these two sides, and it came to the attention of Reagan and Bush that there was a problem in Miami that affected the whole country.

Long before I got attracted to Carl Hiaasen's fiction, I was reading his columns from the Miami Herald. Forget Scarface, this was the real thing. Shootouts with shotguns and automatic weapons on the streets in broad daylight. Miami had become Dodge City and Chicago during Prohibition to the tenth power.

This is the story of those two decades in Miami and the results today - a booming international city built on cocaine. The truth really is more exciting than what you see on Miami Vice.


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