Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was ...
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Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was aggressively sold in ghettos across the country to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras' rebel army. Despite enormous pressure not to, Webb chose to pursue the story and went public with his evidence, publishing the series "Dark Alliance". As a result he experienced a vicious smear campaign fueled by the CIA. At that point Webb found himself defending his integrity, his family, and his life. Written by
Milena Joy Morris
The name of the drug which was cocaine mixed with baking soda was "Ready Rock". See more »
In the beginning of the film, it is dated as 1996. Later, when Gary is washing his motorcycle in the parking lot of the apartment complex, the tags on his bike show Oct '95. See more »
Public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive.
For nearly a year, I have been devoting increasing attention to a problem which strikes at the very heart of our national well-being: Drug abuse.
I did not condone any drug abuse, and we'll do everything possible to reduce this serious threat to our society.
Drugs are menacing our society. They're threatening our values and ...
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Just before the closing credits, there is a short video showing the real Gary Webb at home with his children. See more »
This is a true story about a San Jose Mercury News journalist who wrote
articles about the CIA and cocaine being brought into California in
order to fund contras in Nicaragua. Good to see the journalist's
difficulties in exposing big issues. In the light of all the whistle
blowing of recent days it's interesting to see the earlier cases that
didn't have the media explosion of today.
It's told in a matter of fact way. There is a familiar cast who don't
have too big personalities so they are believable. Jeremy Renner suits
the role well your typical everyman against the establishment. Mary
Elizabeth Winstead is good too - not to glamorous but watchable.
After watching this movie it makes one want to read up further into all
sides of the story like did the Washington Post attack the journalist
rather than further investigate the issue and how much of the CIA's
involvement is fact vs fiction.
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