Cocaine Cowboys

Friday, February 01, 2008
Cocaine Cowboys is an interesting look at the rise of the cocaine culture in Miami during the late 70s and early 80s. During the 60s and early seventies, Miami was largely known as a sunny vacation destination and a place old people went to die. Not much has changed except that the introduction of cocaine in the second have of the disco decade helped turn Miami into a thriving metropolis frequented by the rich and famous.

John Roberts (not to be confused with the guy on CNN whom a whole generation of Canadians remember as JD Roberts...) was a partner in a small New York club looking to make it big. When one of his partners wound up dead, shot to death, he decided New York wasn't the right place to be. So, he headed to southern Florida figuring he'd open up a new night club there and start over. That is until he met and teamed up with Mickey Munday. The two would go onto to become two of the country's biggest importers of cocaine, raking in millions of dollars in a few short years. Their lives were soon filled with fast cars, fast women, adventure and, of course, money.And though it was set in the same city, life was nothing like it was on Miami Vice. Munday and Roberts became heavily entangled with the Columbians, led largely by a woman named Griselda Blanco, the "godmother" of cocaine. Griselda was vicious, demanding, and wouldn't think twice about killing someone who owed her money. Or their family.

Through interviews with Munday and Roberts (both of whom served time for their actions), Griselda's most prolific hitman, police officers, and reporters who lived in Miami during the Cocaine Wars fought between the Columbians and the Cubans (many of whom were hardened criminals who had been sent to America after being released by Castro - think Scarface), we're given a glimpse at what it was like to be one of the so-called Cocaine Cowboys who helped build Miami. While many may not like where the money came from, and there was a LOT of it, cocaine cash helped create the Miami skyline we know today.

Captain Recommended although it's not great. It was a bit too long, almost two hours, and could have used an edit, cutting out 30 minutes. Some great music by Jan Hammer who also did the theme song for Miami Vice. Wikipedia reports that there is a sequel in the works: Cocaine Cowboys II: Hustlin' with the Godmother which takes a more in depth look at Blanco which sounds interesting.

1 comments:

harry said...

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