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It's simultaneously disgusting and compelling, especially since Corben has a knack for matching swift editing to the pulsing score by TV's original Miami Vice composer Jan Hammer. In the final analysis, it must be said that Cocaine Cowboys succeeds as a brash and breathtaking record of a bygone era, when murder rates were at an all-time high, coke was everywhere, and Miami was financially transformed into a nightlife mecca where criminals were kings. Or queens, as in the case of Griselda Blanco, the ruthless and self-appointed "Godmother" of the cocaine trade, who was responsible for countless murders and as of 2007 remained at large, her whereabouts unknown. All of this deadly life in the fast lane makes for a fascinating movie, but Corben and coproducer David Cypkin's breathless commentary makes it clear that they're young, immature thrill-seekers, and their film makes no apologies for glorifying the drug trade while exploring its bloody and frequently fatal consequences. Their commentary also accompanies an abundance of deleted scenes, and there's also a bonus featurette, "Hustlin' with the Godmother," in which Griselda Blanco's former lover and big-time coke dealer Charles Cosby tells his story, which clearly has all the makings of a Hollywood movie along the lines of Blow. You can bet that film will eventually be made, and don't be surprised if it's Corben who makes it. --Jeff Shannon
This movie makes me want to go to Miami just to see everything that they talk about.
This film is why, movies like Scarface, Blow, and Many other drug movies were made, true documentary of life in Miami Where drugs ruled the town.
The amount of money, guns and drugs in Miami during the "cowboy" days was unimaginable.
I moved to Miami in 1987 to try a new life. I worked eighty hours a week in a retail jewelry store in Sunny Isles, which is mentioned prominently in the movie. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Donnie
I would give this 4 stars but..what the heck, I just GAVE that other star. There's enough additional material to make this DVD worthwhile. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BonusBall
Really amazing insight in to what happened in Miami in the late 70's and early 80's. Truly eye-opening.Published 1 month ago by JB
One of the best documentaries ever on the American/Columbian drug trade in the 80's and 90's. Watching this DVD gives you the behind the scenes look on who ran the cocaine business... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kam Greene
WOW truly unbelievable story how drug lords controlled the drug trade in south florida late 70's and early 80's.Published 1 month ago by carlos