April 6th, 2001

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The story of George Jung, the man who established the American cocaine market in the 1970s.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 7.5/10 (98,208 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: Ted Demme

Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente

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.

Writers: Bruce Porter, David McKenna

Johnny Depp - George Jung
Penélope Cruz - Mirtha Jung (as Penelope Cruz)
Franka Potente - Barbara Buckley
Rachel Griffiths - Ermine Jung
Paul Reubens - Derek Foreal
Jordi Mollà - Diego Delgado (as Jordi Molla)
Cliff Curtis - Pablo Escobar
Miguel Sandoval - Augusto Oliveras
Ethan Suplee - Tuna
Ray Liotta - Fred Jung
Kevin Gage - Leon Minghella
Max Perlich - Kevin Dulli
Jesse James - Young George
Miguel Pérez - Alessandro (as Miguel Perez)
Dan Ferro - Cesar Toban

Taglines: Based on a True Story.


Official Website: New Line Cinema |

Release Date: 6 April 2001

Filming Locations: Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,443,461 (USA) (8 April 2001) (2249 Screens)

Gross: $52,937,130 (USA) (24 June 2001)

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Did You Know?

According to the Director's Commentary, the tape that George Jung leaves for his father near the end of the movie is a verbatim transcript of a tape that the real George Jung recorded under similar circumstances.

Anachronisms: When they first go to Mexico, a VW Beetle in the background has turn signal lights on the front bumper. VW signal lights were on top of the fenders from the 1940s to the 1970s. The lights moved to the bumpers in the 1980s.

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

User Review

Does what it shouldn't do

Rating: 10/10

I find this movie VERY GOOD! In fact, the end nearly brought me to tears. This movie does something that shouldn't be, but it is. By the end of the movie, you feel SO SORRY for a drug dealing thief. It's amazing how they tell the story, and by the end you want to go see this man and say how sorry you were. I believe that it's one of Johnny's best roles and really makes you think some. This movie has been underrated by many people because it's about drugs, but the story is just a story, but the message it brings and the emotions it triggers, are lasting. I recommend this movie to anyone that wants to see a Good Film.

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