October 27, 2006
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Billy Corben
MPAA Rating: R (for pervasive drug content, gruesome violent images, and language)
Screenwriter: Billy Corben
Starring: Not available
Official website: CocaineCowboys.com
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, for which a Time cover story dubbed the city "Paradise Lost." With "Cocaine Cowboys," filmmaker Billy Corben – whose first feature "Raw Deal: A Question Of Consent," was a sensation at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival – paints a dazzling portrait of a cultural explosion that still echoes as Hollywood myth, evidenced by the latest manifestation, NBC/Universal's "Miami Vice." Composer of the original "Miami Vice" theme, Jan Hammer, provides the score.