The cocaine trade of the 70's and 80's had an indelible impact on contemporary Miami. Smugglers and distributors forever changed a once sleepy retirement community into one of the world’s most glamorous hot spots, the epicenter of a $20 billion annual business fed by Colombia’s Medellin cartel. By the early 80s, Miami’s tripled homicide rate had made it the murder capital of the country, for which a Time cover story dubbed the city “Paradise Lost.”

With Cocaine Cowboys, filmmaker Billy Corben paints a dazzling portrait of a cultural explosion that still echoes as Hollywood myth. Composer of the original “Miami Vice” theme, Jan Hammer, provides the score.

New York Magazine: “Billy Corben’s often hilarious, exuberant documentary practically celebrates the bloodbath that was Miami’s cocaine heyday.”  

MTV: “Bullets fly and dead bodies drop like whacked weeds in this startling documentary about the bad old days of the Miami drug trade. “

New York Times: “A hyperventilating account of the blood-drenched Miami drug culture in the 1970’s and 80’s, the movie overflows with cops and coroners, snitches and smugglers, reporters and importers.”  

A.V. Club: “Cocaine Cowboys is kinetic and absorbing, the documentary equivalent of Goodfellas.” 

Entertainment Weekly: “Griselda Blanco, a homicidal Colombian ‘Godmother’ who makes Tony Montana look like Mother Teresa.”

Houston Chronicle: “Forget Scarface and Miami Vice. Cocaine Cowboys is the real deal.”

Variety: “A rogues gallery of flamboyant gangsters paint an anecdote-rich portrait of the drug trade”

AP - “Between bootleg DVDs and strong word-of-mouth, "Cocaine Cowboys” - named for a term made popular by the media in the ’70s and ’80s - had already become an underground hit in Miami before its theatrical release Friday.”