Blow Movie Summary

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Chris Jones
April 7, 2011
Drugs and Society

Blow

The movie isn't just a history of cocaine. However, it does qualify as a highly dramatic biography of George Jung. In the beginning of the movie we meet him as a little boy and we leave about the environment he was brought up in and follow him through his pursuit of what some would say “easy money” and the ups and downs of the ride along the way. This movie really personifies that higher you go the further you can fall. I think that this movie is very heavy on drama, and we don’t see a lot of action or comedy. George Jung is responsible for cocaine becoming the drug of choice for the rich and famous back in the early 70's. Before cocaine was a widely known narcotic, George hooked up with Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar to import mass quantities of the drug to the U.S. Jung had distribution channels which put the drugs into the hands of movie, TV and rock stars. That in turn made it the drug of choice with the trendy set, and in a very short period of time he was making tens of millions of dollars. While hiding from the authorities, George visits his parents back in New England. While he is having a heart-to-heart talk with his father, George's mother calls the police, who come and arrest him. This movie ends with George as an old man in prison, imagining that his daughter finally comes to visit him. She slowly fades away as a guard calls for George. The film finally ends with notes indicating that Jung's sentence will not expire until 2015, and that his daughter has yet to visit him. This is a great movie to gather examples of the dangers of drug abuse. This entire movie is based on George not only drug dealing but also being a chronic drug user. It shows that the higher and higher he got up in the drug world that only meant more consequences. His own mother called the cops on him to be arrested while his…...

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