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Blow (film)

Directed by Ted Demme
Produced by Ted Demme
Denis Leary
Joel Stillerman
Written by Nick Cassavetes
David McKenna
Starring Johnny Depp
Jordi Mollà
Penélope Cruz
Ray Liotta
Paul Reubens
Franka Potente
Rachel Griffiths
Music by Graeme Revell
Cinematography Ellen Kuras
Edited by Kevin Tent
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
April 6, 2001 (2001-04-06)
Running time
124 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $53 million
Box office $83,282,296[1]

Blow is a 2001 American biographical film about the American Pablo Escobar, Carlos Lehder Rivas (portrayed in the film as Diego Delgado), and the Medellín Cartel. The film's title comes from a slang term for cocaine.

Blow was the final theatrical film directed by Demme to be released in his lifetime.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Soundtrack 3
    • Track listing 3.1
  • Reception 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The film opens to a young George (Jesse James) and his parents Fred (Ray Liotta) and Ermine (Rachel Griffiths) of Weymouth, Massachusetts. When George is ten years old, Fred files for bankruptcy and loses everything, but tries to make George realize that money is not important.

As an adult, George (Max Perlich), a college student back in Boston, visits them and tells them of the enormous market—and demand—for pot in Boston. With Barbara's help, they start bringing the drugs to Boston.

As the demand grows, they decide to start buying the drugs directly from

While hiding from the authorities, George visits his parents back in New England. While he is having a heart-to-heart talk with his father, George's mother calls the police, who come and arrest him.

George is now sentenced to 26 months in a Manuel Noriega's protection in Panama—is seized. One night, he and Mirtha get into a fight while driving. They are pulled over by police and Mirtha tells them Jung is a fugitive and has stashed a kilogram of cocaine in his trunk. He is sent to jail for three years, during which time Mirtha divorces him and takes custody of their nine-year-old daughter, Kristina Sunshine Jung (Emma Roberts). Upon his release, George finds himself struggling to keep his relationship with his daughter on good terms.

George promises Kristina a vacation in California and seeks one last deal to garner enough money for the trip. George completes a deal with former accomplices but learns too late that the deal had been set up by the Otisville Correctional Facility in upstate New York. He explains in the end that neither the sentence nor the betrayal bothered him, but that he can never forgive himself for having to break a promise to his daughter.

While in prison, George requests a

The film closes with George as an old man in prison, imagining that his daughter (George Jung

  • Penélope Cruz as Mirtha Jung
  • Franka Potente as Barbara "Barbie" Buckley
  • Rachel Griffiths as Ermine Jung
  • Paul Reubens as Derek Foreal (Richard Barile)
  • Jordi Molla as Diego Delgado (Carlos Lehder)
  • Cliff Curtis as Pablo Emilio "El Patrón" Escobar Gaviria
  • Max Perlich as Kevin Dulli
  • Miguel Sandoval as Augusto Oliveras
  • Ethan Suplee as "Tuna"
    • Alan James Morgan as Young "Tuna"
  • Ray Liotta as Frederick "Fred" Jung
  • Kevin Gage as Leon Minghella
  • Tony Amendola as Sanchez
  • Bobcat Goldthwait as Mr. T
  • Emma Roberts as Kristina Sunshine Jung
  • Soundtrack

    Blow‍ '​s soundtrack is a compilation of songs and artists from the 1970s, such as: "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" by The Rolling Stones, "All the Tired Horses" by Bob Dylan, "Rumble" by Link Wray, "Glad and Sorry" by Faces, "Strange Brew" by Cream, "Black Betty" by Ram Jam, "Blinded By the Light" by Manfred Mann's Earth Band, "Let's Boogaloo" by Willie Rosario, "Keep It Comin' Love" by KC & the Sunshine Band, "That Smell" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Can't You See" by The Marshall Tucker Band, and "Push & Pull" by Nikka Costa.

    Paul Wagner, is missing in the soundtrack album.

    Track listing

    1. "Little Ditty" – Paul Wagner
    2. "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" – The Rolling Stones
    3. "Rumble" – Link Wray
    4. "Glad and Sorry" – Faces
    5. "Strange Brew" – Cream
    6. "Black Betty" – Ram Jam
    7. "Blinded by the Light" – Manfred Mann's Earth Band
    8. "Let's Boogaloo" – Willie Rosario
    9. "Keep it Comin‍ '​" – KC and the Sunshine Band
    10. "Yellow World" – J. Girls
    11. "That Smell" – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    12. "All the Tired Horses" – Bob Dylan
    13. "Can't You See" – Marshall Tucker Band
    14. "Push & Pull" – Nikka Costa


    Blow was a minor box office success. With a budget of roughly $53 million, it managed to rake in just under $53 million domestically, but raised just over $30 million internationally for a worldwide total of $83,282,296.[1] Reviews for Blow were decidedly mixed. The film holds an approval rating of 55% at Rotten Tomatoes based on 136 reviews (75 positive, 61 negative), where the consensus is: "With elements that seem borrowed from movies like Goodfellas and Boogie Nights, Blow is pretty much been-there-done-that despite another excellent performance from Johnny Depp. It also becomes too sentimental at the end."[3] Penélope Cruz was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her performances in Blow as well as Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Vanilla Sky.

    Rob Gonsalves from gave the film 4 out of 5 stars stating: "Blow isn't really a classic, but it's a sobering story well-told."[4] [7]


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