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Magnolia Takes English Territory Rights to "Cocaine Cowboys"

Magnolia Pictures has acquired all English language territories (North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand) for Tribeca Film Festival entry "Cocaine Cowboys" directed by Billy Corben ("Raw Deal: A Question of Consent"). Magnolia's head of acquisitions Tom Quinn, and head of business and legal affairs Jason Janego negotiated the deal with Andrew Hurwitz and Dan O'Meara of Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein. A fall release is planned. The film is described as a "portrait of the cultural explosion sparked by the drug trade in 1980s Miami that still echoes as Hollywood myth today. The film features interviews with some of the era's top law enforcers, traffickers, suppliers, dealers and even killers, mixed with archival footage to produce a serious, studied and entertaining examination of urban transformation." "'Cocaine Cowboys' is a visually imaginative, fantastically constructed, and too-strange-not-to-be-true account of how the Miami of today was built. It's 'Miami Vice' stripped of its cool pretension and peopled by characters that make Al Pacino's 'Scarface' look like a wimp," commented Magnolia Pictures President Eamonn Bowles in a statement. [Brian Brooks]

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