George Jung (Johnny Depp) doesn't want to live like his father (Ray Liotta)--always short of money and constantly berated by his mother (Rachel Griffiths). So he sets off for California to live on the beach, where he finds he can make a living selling drugs. Soon George's drug dealing business expands into shipping drugs across the country. Needing a bigger supply of drugs, he travels to Columbia and meets Pablo Escobar (Cliff Curtis). Before long, George becomes the biggest trafficker of cocaine in the United States. In BLOW, director Ted Demme and scriptwriters Nick Cassevetes and David McKenna chart George's strange course into a world of girls and sun, drugs and fun. It's all so easy until events change George's life forever.
Depp gives one of his best performances as George, instilling the character with a complicated mixture of emotions. For the supporting roles, Demme's eccentric casting includes German actress Franka Potente as George's girlfriend; Spanish actress Penélope Cruz as his wife; Australian actress Rachel Griffiths (who in real life is five years younger than Depp) as his withering mother; and Paul Reubens (in an excellent performance) as a hairdresser-cum-drug dealer.
Max Perlich - Star, HOMEWARD BOUND II: LOST IN SAN FRANCISCO (1995)
David McKenna - Screenwriter
Joel Stillerman - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Jamie King - Model/Actress, BLOW, PEARL HARBOR (2001)
James King - Model/Actress, BLOW, PEARL HARBOR (2001)
Jaime King - Model/Actress, BLOW, PEARL HARBOR (2001)
Ted Demme - Director/"Who's The Man"
Ethan Suplee - American actor, MALLRATS/REMEMBER THE TITANS
Jordi Molla - Spanish Actor/"Jamón..."
Rachel Griffiths - Australian actress, SIX FEET UNDER, MURIEL'S WEDDING
Denis Leary - American comedian/actor
Ellen Kuras - American Cinematographer
Nick Cassavetes - Actor/Director/Screenwriter
Pee-Wee Herman - Actor/Children's Show Host
Paul Reubens - Actor/Children's Show Host
Paul Rubenfeld - Actor/Children's Show Host
Paul Mall - Actor/Children's Show Host
Ray Liotta - American actor, GOODFELLAS
Franka Potente - German actress, RUN LOLA RUN
Penélope Cruz - Spanish actress, VOLVER
Johnny Depp - American Actor - SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STR
Theatrical Release: April 6, 2001
"...Intriguing....Depp's physical transformation is chilling. It's a fearless performance shorn of all movie-star vanity, and Jung emerges as a striking individual..." - 04/01/2001 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.30-1
"...Buoyant and flavorful....[With] impressive widescreen lensing..." - 03/19/2001 Variety, p.29-37
"...[Depp's] witty, spare performance gives the picture a poignancy....Mr. Demme's storytelling is quick and engaging..." - 04/06/2001 New York Times, p.E23
"...Smart, sexy, funny and dangerous, this high-wire act is a movie and a half..." - 04/12/2001 Rolling Stone, p.145-6
"...Clickety-clack pacing and inventive supporting casting....Consistently compelling..." - 04/06/2001 USA Today, p.6E
"...[Demme] capitalizes on his strongest assets: a knack for comedy and an ambitious taste for scale..." - 06/01/2001 Sight and Sound, p.40-1
"...Vigorous direction and attention to detail....Uniformly excellent performances....Depp provides a remarkably supple performance in the lead role..." - 03/20/2001 Hollywood Reporter, p.17-43