History Film / CocaineCowboys

1st Aug '16 4:24:02 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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''Cocaine Cowboys'' is a 2006 documentary about the rise of the illegal cocaine trade in Miami, Florida and the resultant crime epidemic during the 1970s and 80s. The movie chronicles the development of the illegal drug trade in Miami during the 70s and 80s, focusing on the immense and easy riches as well as the resulting gangland violence and bloodshed. The story is told primarily from the perspectives of Jon Roberts and Micky Munday, who helped transport cocaine for the Medellin Cartel as well as Jorge "Rivi" Ayala, the main enforcer for notorious Cartel drug lord Griselda Blanco AKA "The Godmother".

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''Cocaine Cowboys'' is a 2006 documentary about the rise of the illegal cocaine trade in Miami, Florida and the resultant crime epidemic during the 1970s and 80s. The movie chronicles the development of the illegal drug trade in Miami during the 70s and 80s, focusing on the immense and easy riches as well as the resulting gangland violence and bloodshed. The story is told primarily from the perspectives of Jon Roberts and Micky Munday, who helped transport cocaine for the Medellin Medellín Cartel as well as Jorge "Rivi" Ayala, the main enforcer for notorious Cartel drug lord Griselda Blanco AKA "The Godmother".



* TheStoolPigeon: Max Mermelstein becomes a Betrayer Barry after getting busted for possession and taking a PleaBargain. His testimony helped put Roberts & Munday away and effectively crippled the Medellin cartel's Miami operation.

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* TheStoolPigeon: Max Mermelstein becomes a Betrayer Barry after getting busted for possession and taking a PleaBargain. His testimony helped put Roberts & Munday away and effectively crippled the Medellin cartel's Medellín Cartel's Miami operation.
31st Jul '16 5:12:05 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Griselda Blanco, who grew up poor in Colombia and started her criminal career as a prostitute and pickpocket. She later became a drug lord of the Medellín Cartel, started the Miami drug war and was responsible for up to 200 murders.

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: FromNobodyToNightmare:
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Griselda Blanco, who grew up poor in Colombia and started her criminal career as a prostitute and pickpocket. She later became a drug lord of the Medellín Cartel, started the Miami drug war and was responsible for up to 200 murders.



* {{Irony}}: A moment of situational irony occurred when a South Florida preacher's sermon on the evils of drugs was interrupted by half a million dollars worth of cocaine crashing through the church roof.

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A moment of situational irony occurred when a South Florida preacher's sermon on the evils of drugs was interrupted by half a million dollars worth of cocaine crashing through the church roof.



* WouldntHurtAChild: Rivi refusing to let his men kill a target's children. He accidentally averts this when a failed hit on Chucho ends up killing Chucho's son instead, which deeply affects Rivi when he finds out.

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* WouldHurtAChild: Griselda Blanco, who offers her men a bonus for killing a target's whole family during a hit. When she hears about the death of Chucho's son in a botched hit on Chucho himself, she shows no remorse.
* WouldntHurtAChild: Rivi refusing to let his men kill a target's children. He accidentally averts this when a failed hit on Chucho ends up killing Chucho's son instead, which deeply affects [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone deeply]] [[DrowningMySorrows affects]] Rivi when he finds out.



* YourCheatingHeart: Cosby cheats on Blanco with a white woman and ends up getting shot at as a "warning".

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* YourCheatingHeart: Cosby cheats on Blanco with a white woman and ends up getting shot at as a "warning".
"warning". The next time they meet in prison, she chokes him with her bare hands in full view of the guards, [[TheMobBossIsScarier none of which attempt to stop her]].
29th Jul '16 7:29:42 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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* AxCrazy: Griselda Blanco, who is credited with starting the Miami drug war in the first place. Her violence gets so extreme and senseless that she is alienated from the rest of the Medellín Cartel, who makes multiple attempts on her life and forces her to move to California. By the time she is caught, she is estimated to have been responsible for the deaths of 200 people.

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* AxCrazy: Griselda Blanco, who is credited with starting the Miami drug war in the first place. Her violence gets so extreme and senseless that she is alienated from the rest of the Medellín Cartel, who makes multiple attempts on her life and forces her to move to California. By the time she is caught, caught by police, she is estimated to have been responsible for the deaths of 200 people.people.
* BlackWidow: Griselda Blanco is outright called this due to her propensity for killing men she no longer finds useful.



* FreakierThanFiction: In ''2'', the prosecution believes that there's no way that Griselda Blanco will get anything less than a life sentence, and will most likely get a death sentence, as Rivi agreed to testify against her. The problem? A secretary in the Florida State Attorney's office ends up establishing a phone sex relationship with Rivi, compromising any testimony he could give and blowing the prosecution's case open. Fittingly, this segment is called "Beyond Bizarre".

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: Cosby in ''2'' discusses his intention to do this should Griselda Blanco order his death. While he escaped the drug trade, he lives knowing that she could have him killed at any point. A few years after the documentary was released, she was gunned down in Colombia, making this unlikely to happen.
* FreakierThanFiction: In ''2'', the prosecution believes that there's no way that Griselda Blanco will get anything less than a life sentence, and will most likely get a death sentence, as Rivi agreed to testify against her. The problem? A secretary in the Florida State Attorney's office ends up establishing a phone sex relationship with Rivi, compromising which makes any testimony he could give inadmissible and blowing blows the prosecution's case open. Fittingly, this segment is called "Beyond Bizarre".titled ''Beyond Bizarre''.



** A meta example: Attorney Samuel I. Burstyn, who discusses the moral decay brought on by the drug trade during the first film, was disbarred for his own involvement with the drug trade by the time the documentary was released.



* PoliceAreUseless: Initially, the Miami-Dade police are overwhelmed by the level of violence and crime due to the Miami drug war, with murders happening so often that officers spent most of their time responding to crime scenes instead of investigating them. Their initial attempts to get enough officers on the streets to properly patrol them results in a massive amount of corruption, as noted above. They avert this later on as they get a grip on the situation.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Initially, the Miami-Dade police are overwhelmed by the level of violence and crime due to the Miami drug war, with murders happening so often that officers spent most of their time responding to crime scenes instead of investigating them. Their initial attempts to get enough officers on the streets to properly patrol them results in a massive amount of corruption, as noted above.and the police advise citizens to arm themselves. They avert this later on as they get a grip on the situation.



* WouldntHurtAChild: Rivi refusing to let his men kill a target's children. He accidentally averts this when a failed hit against Chucho ends up killing Chucho's son instead, which deeply affected Rivi when he found out.
* WretchedHive: Does a good job of painting 1980's Miami as this.

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* WouldntHurtAChild: Rivi refusing to let his men kill a target's children. He accidentally averts this when a failed hit against on Chucho ends up killing Chucho's son instead, which deeply affected affects Rivi when he found finds out.
* WretchedHive: Does a good job of painting 1980's Miami as this. One person claims that any $20 bill found in Miami during the 1980's would have traces of cocaine if viewed under a microscope.
20th Jul '16 10:38:45 AM BaronVonFistcrunch
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* AxCrazy: Griselda Blanco, who is credited with starting the entire Miami drug war in the first place. Her violence gets so extreme and senseless that she is alienated from the rest of the Medellín Cartel, who makes multiple attempts on her life and forces her to move to California. By the time she is caught and put in jail, she is estimated to have been responsible for the deaths of 200 people.

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* AxCrazy: Griselda Blanco, who is credited with starting the entire Miami drug war in the first place. Her violence gets so extreme and senseless that she is alienated from the rest of the Medellín Cartel, who makes multiple attempts on her life and forces her to move to California. By the time she is caught and put in jail, caught, she is estimated to have been responsible for the deaths of 200 people.



* FreakierThanFiction: In ''2'', the prosecution believes that there's no way that Griselda Blanco will get anything less than a life sentence, as Rivi agreed to testify against her. The problem? A secretary in the Florida State Attorney's office ends up establishing a phone sex relationship with Rivi, compromising any testimony he could give and blowing the prosecution's case open. Fittingly, this segment is called "Beyond Bizarre".

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* FreakierThanFiction: In ''2'', the prosecution believes that there's no way that Griselda Blanco will get anything less than a life sentence, and will most likely get a death sentence, as Rivi agreed to testify against her. The problem? A secretary in the Florida State Attorney's office ends up establishing a phone sex relationship with Rivi, compromising any testimony he could give and blowing the prosecution's case open. Fittingly, this segment is called "Beyond Bizarre".



* ItGetsEasier: Directly brought up by Rivi in regards to his killings.

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* ItGetsEasier: Directly brought up Discussed by Rivi in regards to his killings.



* PoliceAreUseless: Much to the dismay of the police themselves, as the Miami-Dade police are overwhelmed by the level of violence and crime happening during the time. Their initial attempts to get enough officers on the streets to properly patrol them results in a massive amount of corruption, as noted above.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Much to the dismay of the police themselves, as Initially, the Miami-Dade police are overwhelmed by the level of violence and crime due to the Miami drug war, with murders happening during the time.so often that officers spent most of their time responding to crime scenes instead of investigating them. Their initial attempts to get enough officers on the streets to properly patrol them results in a massive amount of corruption, as noted above. They avert this later on as they get a grip on the situation.



* WouldntHurtAChild: Rivi refusing to let his men kill a target's children. He accidentally averts this when a failed hit against Chucho ends up killing Chucho's son instead, which deeply affects Rivi when he finds out.

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* WouldntHurtAChild: Rivi refusing to let his men kill a target's children. He accidentally averts this when a failed hit against Chucho ends up killing Chucho's son instead, which deeply affects affected Rivi when he finds found out.
19th Jul '16 1:18:03 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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* AxCrazy: Griselda Blanco

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* AxCrazy: Griselda BlancoBlanco, who is credited with starting the entire Miami drug war in the first place. Her violence gets so extreme and senseless that she is alienated from the rest of the Medellín Cartel, who makes multiple attempts on her life and forces her to move to California. By the time she is caught and put in jail, she is estimated to have been responsible for the deaths of 200 people.



* FreakierThanFiction: In ''2'', the prosecution believes that there's no way that Griselda Blanco will get anything less than a life sentence, as Rivi agreed to testify against her. The problem? A secretary in the Florida State Attorney's office ends up establishing a phone sex relationship with Rivi, compromising any testimony he could give and blowing the prosecution's case open. Fittingly, this segment is called "Beyond Bizarre".



* ItGetsEasier: Directly brought up by Rivi in regards to his killings.



* MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll: Even though Blanco was arrested in 1985, she still ran her cocaine empire from prison and enjoyed an $50 million annual income.
* PragmaticVillainy: Discussed by Roberts as a major difference between Colombian and Italian organised crime - the Colombians would kill someone if they didn't get paid (or sometimes even if they did), whereas the Italians would just beat them up because they wouldn't be able to get any more money from them if they were dead.

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* MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll: Even though Blanco was arrested in 1985, she still ran her cocaine empire from prison and enjoyed an a $50 million annual income.
* PragmaticVillainy: Discussed by Roberts as a major difference between Colombian and Italian organised organized crime - the Colombians would kill someone if they didn't get paid (or sometimes even if they did), whereas the Italians would just beat them up because they wouldn't be able to get any more money from them if they were dead.dead.
* PoliceAreUseless: Much to the dismay of the police themselves, as the Miami-Dade police are overwhelmed by the level of violence and crime happening during the time. Their initial attempts to get enough officers on the streets to properly patrol them results in a massive amount of corruption, as noted above.



* WouldntHurtAChild: Rivi refusing to let his men kill a target's children.

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* WouldntHurtAChild: Rivi refusing to let his men kill a target's children. He accidentally averts this when a failed hit against Chucho ends up killing Chucho's son instead, which deeply affects Rivi when he finds out.
* WretchedHive: Does a good job of painting 1980's Miami as this.
6th May '16 12:32:57 PM davah301
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* AxCrazy: Griselda Blanco


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* DepravedBisexual: Griselda Blanco


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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Griselda Blanco, who grew up poor in Colombia and started her criminal career as a prostitute and pickpocket. She later became a drug lord of the Medellín Cartel, started the Miami drug war and was responsible for up to 200 murders.
** Rivi started his criminal career as a car thief in Chicago and later became a assassin for Griselda.
27th Jan '15 1:19:23 AM Shorty
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* Dedication: The ''Reloaded'' cut is dedicated to the memory of [[TheCoroner Medical Examiner]] Dr. Joeseph Davis, who died in 2013.

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* Dedication: {{Dedication}}: The ''Reloaded'' cut is dedicated to the memory of [[TheCoroner Medical Examiner]] Dr. Joeseph Davis, who died in 2013.
25th Jan '15 1:35:40 AM Shorty
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* TheDragon: Rivi, hitman and enforcer for Blanco.

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* Dedication: The ''Reloaded'' cut is dedicated to the memory of [[TheCoroner Medical Examiner]] Dr. Joeseph Davis, who died in 2013.
* TheDragon: Rivi, hitman and main enforcer for Blanco.
21st Jan '15 7:22:32 AM Shorty
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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Both movies spend a good deal of time showcasing the considerable amounts of money, power and notoriety that drug dealing brings. They even get [[MiamiVice Jan Hammer]] to do the first film's score for that extra coat of gloss.
19th Jan '15 4:10:49 AM Shorty
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* InfantImmortality: Zigzagged in the first film. Averted with the son of Chucho, a drug dealer who had disrespected Blanco's son, Michael Corleone Blanco, but played straight when Rivi orders his men to spare another target's children (see EvenEvilHasStandards). Grimly averted in the second with a memorial wall showing the many young deaths from drug gang violence.

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* InfantImmortality: Zigzagged in the first film. Averted with the son of Chucho, a drug dealer who had disrespected Blanco's son, Michael Corleone Blanco, but played straight when Rivi orders his men to spare another target's children (see EvenEvilHasStandards). Grimly averted Averted in the second with a memorial wall showing the many young deaths from drug gang violence.
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