• Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

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Release Date: October 27th, 2006

DVD Release Date: January 23rd, 2007

R|1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary
Filmmaker Billy Corben recalls Miami drug wars of the 1970s and '80s, when Colombian drug lords turned the relatively quiet Florida city into a breeding ground for violence and excess. Corben interviews so-called "survivors" of the era, including dealers, smugglers and hit men.

Director: Billy Corben

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Rakontur

Distributors: Magnolia Films

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  • Cocaine cash financed Miami's renaissance, but the film never downplays the human cost at which that urban renewal was purchased. show more

  • If "The Godfather" movies were based on real gangsters and some of them were still around to talk about the good old days, they might be as fascinating as the characters in Billy Corben's documentary about the cocaine import business in 1970s Miami. show more

  • Although the movie doesn't exactly romanticize the period, the film still generates a twinge of pride in viewers who lived in South Florida during that time -- and lived to tell about it. show more

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