Blow script
Blow (2001)
Synopsis: In the turbulence of the 1970s, the international drug trade underwent a fast, violent and lucrative revolution - and one ordinary American was at its center. But in just a few short years, George Jung (Johnny Depp), a high-school football star single handedly became the world's premiere importer of cocaine from Colombia's Medellin cartel, changing the course of an entire generation. "Blow" is a high-velocity look at George Jung's spectacular rise and fall.

FADE IN:

EXT. GUARJIRA, COLOMBIA - 1989 - DAY

A majestic panorama of the lush green slopes that are the

Columbian highlands. A faint chopping sound IS HEARD and

then another. WHOOSH. WHOOSH. The view changes and tiny

dots appear on the hillside vegetation. WHOOSH.

CLOSER:

We realize the dots are people. Workers swinging long steel

machetes in slow methodical rhythm. WHOOSH. WHOOSH. WE SEE

the South American Indian MEN clearly now. Their tar stained

teeth. Their gaunt faces riddled with crow's feet. Their

jaws chewing away on huge wads of coca leaves as they collect

the harvest.

EXT. DIRT ROAD - COLOMBIA - DAY

Old rickety trucks carrying the huge green tractor-sized

bales speed along the narrow road.

EXT. CLEARING - COLOMBIA - DAY

The bundles are undone and Columbian women separate out the

leaves. Tribes of underweight workers carry armload after

armload of the harvest and ritualistically dump them into a

gigantic cannibal pot which sits on top of a raging bonfire.

The leaves are being boiled down and a huge plume of smoke

streaks the sky. Wizened Indios brave the heat and shovel

ashes into the pot to cool the solution.

INT. JUNGLE - COLOMBIA - DAY

A primitive but enormous makeshift lab contains all the

equipment. The machinery. The solutions. The over-sized

vats. Dark-skinned bandoleros smoke cigarettes and sport

automatic weapons at all the points of entry. The coca is

now a "basuco" paste and is being sent in for a wash.

INT. LABORATORY - COLOMBIA - 1989 - DAY

A conveyor belt pours out brick after brick of pure cocaine

hydrochloride. The bricks are wrapped, tied up, weighed, and

stamped with a "P" before being thrown into duffel bags.

EXT. JUNGLE AIRSTRIP - COLOMBIA - DAY

A small twin-engine Cessna is loaded with dozens of duffel

bags and the plane takes off.

EXT. VERO BEACH AIRFIELD - NIGHT

The Cessna touches down.

EXT. WORKSITE - WEYMOUTH - 1966 - DAY

The worksite is busy. George is amongst other workers,

working a summer job. As George is taking five, he looks

across the sight to Fred, who is sweeping up debris. A long

way from being the boss.

INT. COLLEGE ADMISSIONS OFFICE - WEYMOUTH - 1966 - DAY

George stands in line to register for college, wearing his

Brooks Brothers suit, bowtie, and freshly Bryllcreamed hair.

The room is crowded and the line is long. Bob Dylan's

"Subterranean Homesick Blues" blares out of one of the kid's

transistor radios. George looks around the room. He is

uncomfortable. He catches his reflection in the shiny glass

partition and stops. He doesn't like what he sees.

Something is not right. He looks like everyone else. Same

cookie-cutter hair, same cookie-cutter clothes, same cookie

cutter faces. He's a carbon copy.

REGISTRATION WOMAN

Next.

It's George's turn but he doesn't hear it. "Twenty years of

schooling and they put you on a day shift." The words hit

him like a tone of bricks as he continues to stare at his own

reflection.

GEORGE (V.O.)

I was standing there, and it was like

the outside of me and the inside of me

didn't match, you know? And then I

looked around the room and it hit me. I

saw my whole life. Where I was gonna

live, what type of car I'd drive, who my

neighbors would be. I saw it all and I

didn't want it. Not that life.

EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - WEYMOUTH - 1966 - DAY

George sits with Fred. It's breaktime and Fred eats from a

lunch box.

GEORGE:

There's something out there for me, Dad.

Something different. Something free

form, you know? Something for me, and

college just isn't it.

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