Cocaine Cowboys
Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

When brutal Colombian cocaine lords moved to Miami in the early '80s, they brought with them a form of decadence, drugs and debauchery that hadn't been seen since the Prohibition days. This stylized, high-energy film reveals how… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: October 27, 2006
DVD Release Date: January 23, 2007
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As frenetic, thrilling, and lacking in subtletly as its drug of focus...and just as likely to prompt some hard questions after it's gone.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

It's the sort of glamour-meets-violence drugs-crime story on which lads' mags thrive: unqualified, over-reverent and hysterical.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

Forget Scarface and Miami Vice. Cocaine Cowboys is the real deal -- a down-and-dirty look at the high living and illegal drugs that dominated south Florida in the 1980s.

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Cole Smithey

Documentarian Billy Corben's revealing film exposes the methods and players in South Florida's drug trade that literally built the city of Miami that we know today with billions of dollars in blood cash.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

The Jan Hammer music on the soundtrack works overtime to assure us that Cocaine Cowboys is the real, nastier version of Miami Vice

Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

This documentary on Miami's lethal '80s cocaine scene is cut fast.

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Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

With a nearly two-hour running time that includes its share of blowhards, repetition, and cheesy attempts to heighten drama, Cocaine Cowboys brings to mind an unfortunate comparison: Miami Vice. The movie.

G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

This is an ugly film, but with an undeniable allure.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

At half the length it would have been twice as good, but nevertheless it stokes a nostalgia some may have for a magic period in Miami history when it was ever so briefly the American Casablanca.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Grisly crime scene snaps accompany the story, which makes Miami Vice look like a tea party and Florida like hell on earth.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Cocaine Cowboys is an interesting documentary about the cocaine trade in Miami in the 1970's. The subject is fascinating and the interviews are from the… More
Daniel Hetteix
The first few minutes scream "amateur", almost making you wonder wether the cheesy visuals and re-enactnment / stock footage montages are going to be… More
Mike S
Very gripping account of the history of the drug trade, and how it transformed the U.S into a crime-infested war zone. Centered around interviews with some of… More
John Ballantine
About a year ago, I got a copy of what was allegedly this film but was in actual fact the sequel..not to say that that wasn't a bad film but this one was… More
Randy Tippy
Billy Corben's stunning documentary details the inner workings of Miami's cocaine cartel by soliciting testimony from the people who made it happen.… More
William Goss
Insightful drug doc is marred by overdone editing.