R | | Biography, Crime, Drama
Journalist Gary Webb, California 1996, started investigating CIA's role in the 1980s in getting crack cocaine to the black part of LA to get money and weapons to the Contras/freedom fighters in Nicaragua.
To accentuate certain elements of the story while staying true to the world Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner) inhabits, cinematographer Sean Bobbitt and production designer John Paino co-ordinated efforts with costume designer Kimberly Adams-Galligan to layer a color palette into the narrative that changes with Webb's circumstances. Bobbitt explained: "There's warmth throughout the first third of the film. The Webb family's home is a classic California ranch house; it's lush and inviting, with rich colors of sea grass and buckwheat. When Gary ventures out of his comfort zone and gets enmeshed in things on a national and international level, more cool colors are introduced and the comforting California colors bleed out and disappear."
Public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive.
Gerald Ford: For nearly a year, I have been devoting increasing attention to a problem which strikes at the ...
Jimmy Carter: ...
Jerry Ceppos announces that Gary has been named the National Press Association's Journalist of the Year. There is no such thing as the National Press Association. He was named Journalist of the Year by the Bay Area Society of Professional Journalists. This is why he is speaking at the SPJ awards at the end of the film.
Just before the closing credits, there is a short video showing the real Gary Webb at home with his children.
$941,809 12 October 2014