Movies January, 21st 2011 by E.

Movies for Men: Cocaine Cowboys

From Miami Vice to Scarface to Miami-based rapper Rick Ross, for decades, the city of Miami has frequently been associated with drugs and other vices for decades. Cocaine Cowboys tells the city’s history through vivid recollections of some of the biggest players in the American drug trade and great archive footage, which makes this documentary our recommended Movie of the Week.

NEW YORK REVIEW

…Billy Corben’s often hilarious, exuberant documentary practically celebrates the bloodbath that was Miami’s cocaine heyday, while delivering more solid reporting and facts than most of its sober competitors. Scored with a bumping soundtrack from a Miami Vice TV veteran, the story is told partly by former detectives and prosecutors but mostly from the perspective of the guys who profited from the crime ex-cons, murderers, drug dealers, and transporters who brag like gangster-movie bad guys. Corben nails his history with vintage footage, death counts, and headline busts, while the crooks relish the good, bad ol‘ days with often absurd anecdotes, and the mob mother Griselda Blanco emerges as a bloodthirsty crime boss who would put Tony Soprano to shame. Sure, the bombast is extreme, and, yes, it spends more time on tall tales than impact reports, but this vigorous, energetic doc captures the allure of a business that has never thrived on subtlety. - Reviewed by Logan Hill, New York Magazine

Watch the complete documentary on Youtube, available in HD:

Part 1

<strong>Part 2</strong>

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