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'''''Blow''''' is a {{Biopic}} about the life of George Jung, a cocaine dealer from the 1970's. Starring Creator/JohnnyDepp, Franka Potente, Creator/PenelopeCruz, and Paul Reubens.

This film portrays the main events in George Jung's life. The film begins in the early 1950's, where George's father goes into bankruptcy, and George vows to himself that he will never be poor like his father. Next we see George move to Southern California, where he and his friend Tuna discover the profitable business of dealing marijuana. George goes on to delve deeper and deeper into the business of drug dealing, which results in great wealth, but disastrous consequences.

This film was written by David Mckenna, and directed by the late Ted Demme.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* BasedOnATrueStory: For the most part.
* BeingPersonalIsntProfessional: Derek Foreal's attitude towards George [[spoiler:while taking part in his betrayal.]]
* BigFancyHouse: George and Mirtha live in one of these... for a while.
* {{Biopic}}
* BookEnds
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Briefcases full of money, boxes full of money, bags full of money. There is lots and lots of money.
* CampGay: Paul Ruebens as Derek Foreal.
* CoolCar : A fleet of them in George and Mirtha's yard.
* DeadlyNosebleed
* DownerEnding: George loses everything over the course of his journey: his wealth, his family, his wife, and he's sentenced to 60 years in prison just as he was beginning to bond with his daughter.
* DrugsAreBad: The message that people should take from the film. By the same token, despite George's having to ultimately pay for his sins, it makes the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream ritzy lifestyle]] look awfully [[MisaimedFandom tempting]].
* DysfunctionalFamily: Drug dealers aren't noted for being great parents.
** George's family is pretty bad, between his occasionally MissingMom and his dad being a HenpeckedHusband.
* GonnaNeedMoreX:
-->'''George''': (looking for place to put their money) Where do I put it?
-->'''Diego''': Uh.. Try the back bedroom.
-->'''George''': No room.
-->'''Diego''': Try the closet.
-->'''George''': Uhh... [[ShoutOut We're gonna need]] [[{{Film/Jaws}} a bigger boat]].
* HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook: PlayedWith, as George was obviously quite happy with smuggling and dealing marijuana in California and New England... but it was only after he was sent to prison for it that he learned about cocaine and just how lucrative dealing ''that'' would be.
* HowWeGotHere: The film begin's with George's arrest at his final deal before going back to his childhood and following his drug career at the start proper.
* TheMasochismTango: George and Mirtha do spend an awful lot of time fighting. (And there's ''very'' brief flashes of S&M stuff.)
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: The incredibly attractive Johnny Depp as [[http://www.xomba.com/files/images/jung.preview.png George Jung]] (The makeup people do uglify Depp for his final scene.)
* HonorAmongThieves : George is a criminal, but takes care of his friends. He brings more money than promised to the pot farmer, and he says to Escobar that he won't do anything without Diego.
* IronicEcho: "It was perfect."
* IHaveNoSon: George's Mom is not happy about the way he makes a living.
* KubrickStare : A less menacing version, when George is busted for the last time.
* AMinorKidroduction
* PoolScene : When George buys his first house in Mexico.
* PowerWalk : Creator/JohnnyDepp in a white turtleneck and trench coat, rockin' 70s sideburns, to "Black Betty." [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj22LOCN6FM Ram-a-lam]].
* ShoutOut : Johnny Depp driving realllyyy fast through the [[Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas desert with a vehicle full of dope]].
* VillainProtagonist: While George is a friendly, honorable, and loyal guy, he's still a drug dealer whose actions accelerated the cocaine trade in the United States.
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