R | | Crime, Drama
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.
Lillian Michelson, an uncredited movie researcher from the 1960s to the early 2000s, did research for the drug gangs for the movie. She interviewed a retired drug boss, and a DEA agent, and one day visited with both at the same time, and neither knew anything about the other. She spoke with a drug lord who she described as 'a nice Jewish boy', who offered to send her his private jet and bring her down to Bolivia for some hands on experience in the drug world. Lillian went home and excitedly told her husband, Hollywood art director and production designer, Harold Michelson, 'Harold, I'm going to Bolivia!' The two had a heated fight, ending with Harold asking her, 'Don't you have an obligation to your children to stay alive?' She finally agreed not to go.
...los que no se adapten... al esfuerzo y al heroísmo de una revolución... ¡No los queremos! ¡No los necesitamos!
At one point when Tony is driving his drunk friend home from a nightclub, the car is shown to have the steering wheel on the wrong side. Tony is driving and sitting on the right-hand side of the car.
In the opening we see a crawl text (with narrator) that reads: "In May of 1980, Fidel Castro in an effort to normalize relations with the Carter Administration opened the harbor at Mariel, Cuba with the apparent intention of letting some of his people join their relatives in the United States. Within seventy-two hours, 3,000 U.S. boats were headed for Cuba. In the next few weeks, it became evident that Castro was forcing the boat owners to carry back with them not only their relatives but the dregs of his jail population. By the time the port was closed 125,000 'Marielitos' had landed in Florida. An estimated 25,000 had criminal records. This is the story of that minority those they call 'Los Bandidos'."
Network TV version deletes or edits all violent scenes for censorship reasons and adds some extra footage:
£33,362 (UK) (5 February 1984)
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