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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

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


Ray Liotta

Fred Jung

Kevin Gage

Leon Minghella

Max Perlich

Kevin Dulli

Jesse James

Young George

Miguel Pérez


(as Miguel Perez)

Dan Ferro

Cesar Toban

Based on a True Story.


Official Website:
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Release Date: 6 April 2001

Filming Locations: Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000


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

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

Technical Specs


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.


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]

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