In 1991, Charles Cosby was selling ounces of cocaine on the inner-city streets of Oakland, California. Bringing in a couple grand a week, he was living the new American Dream. Then he wrote a fan letter to “Cocaine Godmother” Griselda Blanco – immortalized in rakontur’s Cocaine Cowboys – who was serving time at a nearby federal prison
Six months later, he was a multi-millionaire. Charles was not only running Blanco’s $40 million a year cocaine business, he was also her lover. When she recruited him to participate in a prison break that involved the kidnapping of JFK Jr., Charles knew he was in over his head. Also known as “The Black Widow,” for her propensity to permanently dispose of her men when she’s done with them (or when they betray her), Griselda would stop at nothing to ensure that Charles was faithful to her. And he would learn that lesson the hard way.
This is the story of a kid from the streets who (literally) gets in bed with a Colombian queenpin. It’s New Jack City meets Scarface – only the truth!
Director: Billy Corben
Variety: “Like something out of pulp fiction”
DVD Talk: “The film explores the violent, wealthy world of Miami’s drug trade in the late Seventies and early Eighties, providing a non-fiction glimpse at people and a milieu that gave us such timeless TV series as ‘Miami Vice’”.
Home Theater: ”This is a gripping story that although dark and violent is important to watch. It puts human faces on the drug lords that have been all too long glorified by Hollywood in films like ‘Scarface’ and television series such as ‘Miami Vice’”
New Times: ”The film begins in California, focusing on Cosby’s entry into the crack business. It’s a sharp detour from the Miami drug scene, with old photos of Cosby looking like a character from Boyz n the Hood. There’s even a demonstration of how to condense cocaine into crack on a stovetop.”