Kill the Messenger

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Michael Cuesta
Production: Focus Features
  3 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

...public enemy number one in the United States... drug abuse.

In order to fight and defeat this enemy... is necessary to wage a new,

all-out offensive.

For nearly a year,

I have been devoting increasing attention... 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

undercutting our institutions.

They're killing our children.

Thank you very much.

...and when it comes to

drugs and alcohol, just sayno.

Reagan says he will make it

a priority of his presidency... stop drug abuse in the United States.

This is your brain on drugs.

Those who smuggle and sell drugs are

as dangerous to our national security... any terrorist or foreign dictatorship.

The Reagan administration

is spending billions on two wars...

...the war on drugs at home

and the struggle for

Nicaragua abroad.

If we do not act decisively

in defense of freedom... Cubas will arise from

the ruins of today's conflicts.

We will consult closely

with the Freedom Fighters.

The anti-communist

rebels known as the contras... army founded and funded by the CIA.

Crack cocaine...

...a drug epidemic unlike any that's ever

probably existed in the history of the world.

For five dollars, you can begin

the process of addicting people.

Waging the war on drugs has hundred billion dollars over the last ten years.

The crack trade has triggered a spasm of

gang warfare in south-central L.A...

...and DEA agents are swarming throughout.

How many of you have crack houses... your neighborhood?

No brave law enforcement officer... teacher, no doctor,

need be told how hard and cruel

America's drug problem has become.

By nineteen eighty-four,

Congress was preparing

to cut off funds to the Contras.

High-level government officials began looking

for other ways to continue the aid program.

There must be no Soviet beachhead

in Central America.

Good morning.

Who the f*** are you?

Gary Webb. San Jose Mercury-News.

What do you want?

I called you about the government seizure of

property of accused narcotics dealers?

Yeah. The accused. Yeah, that's me.

Come on in.

Okay, great. Thanks.

- My last house, this sweet pad in Laguna -

- Yeah?

Charges didn't stick and

the feds still didn't give it back.

- But you did it?

- Did what?

Well, off the record, I mean, you sold the dope.

Yeah, but you're missing the point.

They took the freaking roof over my head.

Look, wait a sec...

All this stuff that you bought

with the drug money - the houses,

the cars, what have you - lose it because it's

the crime that paid for it, right?

Did it, didn't do it... Who gives a sh*t?

Can't take a man's shelter.

Anyway, they didn't prove it, did they?

LA Sheriff's Department - nobody move!

- Let me see your hands!

Christ. Here we go again.

- Down, motherf***er down!

- Get the girl!

Secure the girl!

Look, I'm a reporter.

Shut the f*** up!

Better get that story out there.

- San Jose Mercury News -

- Hey!

I'm a reporter!

Quite a ruckus over there, huh?

Yeah, this guy almost broke my f***ing arm,

the prick.

All right.

Hey, wait a minute.


Yeah, I'm sorry. We ran outta inches.

Look, you cut the kicker and you're gonna

blow the whole point to this thing.

The government takes

these people's sh*t, all right?

Their cars, their houses,

they take everything forever.

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Peter Landesman

Peter Landesman is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, journalist, novelist and painter. He wrote a number of cover stories for the New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly and others, including investigations into global arms trafficking, sex trafficking, refugee trafficking, the Rwandan genocide, and the creation and smuggling of forged and stolen art and antiquities. He also reported from the conflicts in Kosovo, Rwanda, and Pakistan and Afghanistan post-9/11. more…

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