Cocaine Cowboys

A hyperventilating account of the blood-drenched Miami drug culture overflowing with cops, coroners and smugglers.
-,The New York Times
An exhaustive and exciting history of how that white powder transformed Miami.
-,Salon
Makes Tony Soprano look like a girlieman! ... more thrilling - and authentically terrifying - than anything from Miami Vice.
-,Very Short List.com
Move Over Miami Vice and Scarface. This is how it really happened! Exhilarating!
-,South Florida SunSententiel
Such a buzz to watch! Kinetic and absorbing, the doc equivalent of Goodfellas.
-,The Onion AV Club
The Godmother [Griselda Blanco] makes Tony Montana look like Mother Theresa.
-,Entertainment Weekly
Tremendously entertaining! Action-packed, with rapid fire editing and colorful characters who tell riveting stories.
-,New York 1 News

Synopsis

The cocaine trade of the '70s and '80s had an indelible impact on contemporary Miami. Smugglers and distributors forever changed a once sleepy retirement community into one of the world's most glamorous hot spots, the epicenter of a $20 billion annual business fed by Colombia's Medellin Cartel. By the early '80s, Miami's tripled homicide rate had made it the murder capital of the country, which a TIME cover story dubbed the city "Paradise Lost."

Release Date

Original Languages: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 116 min.
Year: 2006

CREDITS

DIRECTED BY
Billy Corben

PHOTOS

Billy Corben, director of COCAINE COWBOYS
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Griselda Blanco in COCAINE COWBOYS
Jorge Rivi Ayala in COCAINE COWBOYS
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Mickey Munday in COCAINE COWBOYS
A scene from COCAINE COWBOYS
Jon Roberts in COCAINE COWBOYS