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True Story of Killing Pablo

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A notorious Colombian drug lord known for his brutal regime and ruthless habits, Pablo Escobar s life culminated in the largest manhunt in history.

Hosted by author Mark Bowden and based on his critically-acclaimed book, Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World s Greatest Outlaw (2001), the feature-length HISTORY special explores Pablo Escobar s criminal life, illuminating the pivotal moments in the drug lord s rise to power. Bowden shares startling revelations he uncovered during his exhaustive book research, while interviews with key officials of both Colombia and the United States further elaborate the tremendous rise and eventual fall of one of the world s most infamous outlaws.

Escobar s life came to a controversial end when he was gunned down on a rooftop in Medellin, Colombia, in 1993, but his story lives on in TRUE STORY OF KILLING PABLO.

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  • Directors: History
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0021SGOAO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,568 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "True Story of Killing Pablo" on IMDb

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Luciano on April 6, 2010
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'The True Story of Killing Pablo' is a fascinating History Channel documentary based on the Mark Bowden best selling book of the same name. Bowden himself is interviewed on this DVD and tells the tale of how the U.S. & Colombian governments teamed up to bring down the world's deadliest drug lord. The story plays out like a Hollywood crime thriller and will have you on the edge of your seat, even if you already know the outcome. A major motion picture is being planned with Spanish actor, Javier Bardem being considered for the role of Escobar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Esther N. Slade on May 31, 2011
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All I can say is wow! How could one human being bring a country to that point. At his death when the man exclaims 'Viva Columbia, Pablo Escobar is dead!', I understood the true meaning of what this killing meant to the people of Columbia. This is a must see video...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark R. Pankow on January 8, 2011
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This documentary has limited re-enactments, which is a good thing; excellent insight by those involved. It is an informative reflection of the power Escobar held at that time and its impact on the country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linneth James on November 7, 2010
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Excellent program. Interviews with people who were really there when this took place. This really shows that the Columbian officals know how to deal with criminals in their country.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Strategos on September 1, 2012
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As all the other reviewers have commented so far, this is an excellent DVD. The book on which it is based is well researched. Pablo Escobar was a monstrously evil man, and if more people knew about his life, he would surely overtake many other more famous criminals like Al Capone in the public memory of wickedness. He was probably responsible for as many as 15,000 deaths, and just one of his assassins claimed 3,000 - as many as in the 9/11 attacks. At his height, according to a revised Forbes estimate, he had a net worth of $9 billion. Long after Escobar's death, his evil influence still casts a long shadow on Colombia in its politics, and patterns of crime and violence.

No other criminal ever was able to kill two ministers of justice, the attorney general, the leading presidential candidate (along with other candidates), the most well-known newspaper editor, the head of the national anti-narcotics agency, and so many others who dared to speak the truth about him or tried to bring him to justice. He arranged for training of his dynamiters by an ETA bomb specialist from Spain, paid renegade Israeli military experts to have his squads of killers trained in terror and assassination. Escobar trafficked cocaine to the U.S. from wherever he could - Lehder's private island in the Bahamas, Castro's Cuba, Mexico, the Sandinistas' Nicaragua. The head of the Colombian FBI (the DAS) in his time was later charged with conniving in the assassination of the leading presidential candidate in 1989.

He hired a guerrilla group to attack the Supreme Court of Colombia, kill the judges who would rule on extraditing him, and destroy all the records.
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By ToddJ on February 24, 2012
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A wonderful documentary. I read the book prior to watching the DVD and niether disappointed! Highly recommended for all who have an interest in this subject.
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By Movie time on December 3, 2012
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Good product with a good price.
Arrived on time with secure packaging.
Product was as described in add.
Would do buisness again.
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