Blow

Blow

DVD - 2001
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Based on the true story of George Jung. This is an uncompromising look at the rise and fall of the man who became the largest importer of Colombia cocaine to the United States in the 1970's.

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Dr_Alex
Jun 21, 2018

A good "crime doesn't pay" story.

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jimg2000
Jan 06, 2018

The rise and fall of a stoner, AKA “Boston George,” an accidental Pablo Escobar's US dealer of choice during the early 1970s when dope demand sky rocketed in LA entertainment circles, spreading like wild fire across the country. There were many interesting tidbits on the early drug smuggling operations but the overboard humanization of George as a loving family man and loyalty to friends failed to impress or entertain, While appreciate that Depp was groomed as a look alike to the greasy George, like other recent films, Depp as James 'Whitey' Bulger in "Black Mass 2015" or Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells in "Gold 2016," weird looking leading actors were a big distraction to such biopic film.

7.6/10 IMDb
55% Rotten Tomatoes
2.5/4 Roger Ebert
52% Metacritic

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tj_is_cool
Aug 29, 2012

Very boring.

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RUSMARIE RAMIREZ Aug 27, 2012

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jimg2000
Jan 06, 2018

Interesting time line of Boston George's life so far:

http://www.patriotledger.com/news/20170825/infamous-cocaine-smuggler-george-jung-returns-home-to-weymouth

75 years in the life of George J. Jung

1942: George J. Jung is born in Boston.
1961: Jung graduates from Weymouth High School and later moves to California, where he makes money selling marijuana.
1974: Jung is convicted on drug charges and sent to prison in Danbury, CT, where he meets a fellow inmate who introduces him to cocaine smuggling.
1985: Jung is convicted of cocaine trafficking and sentenced to 15 years in prison. The sentence is later reduced to four years after he agrees to testify against a former partner .
1989: Jung is released from prison and says in interviews that he has retired from the drug smuggling business.
1993: “Blow,” a book about Jung by journalist Bruce Porter is published.
1995: Jung is arrested at a house in East Dennis after receiving a truck full of Mexican marijuana, valued at $500,000.
1997: Jung is sentenced to 21 years in prison.
2001: “Blow,” a movie based on the 1993 book by the same name, is released in theaters. Actor Johnny Depp, who plays Jung in the adaptation, visits him in prison to prepare for the part.
2014: Jung is transferred from a minimum security prison to a halfway house in northern California to serve out the last months of his sentence..
2016: Jung returns to a county jail in California to serve a 9-month sentence for parole violations.
2017: Jung returns to Weymouth for the first time in more than 30 years.

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jimg2000
Jan 06, 2018

IMDb has many significant quotes already as :
Danbury wasn't a prison, it was a crime school. I went in with a Bachelor of marijuana, came out with a Doctorate of cocaine, and after sixteen months, I was once again a free man, well not altogether "free." The conditions of my parole were I had to live at my parents and find a job.
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Money isn't real, George. It doesn't matter. It only seems like it does.
-Are you gonna tell Mom that?
Yeah, that's gonna be a tricky one.
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Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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