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.
Director Michael Cuesta worked closely with cinematographer Sean Bobbitt to orient the audience perception to Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner)'s gaining - or seeking to gain - forbidden access. The director of photography would often circle an unfolding scene with a handheld camera, as Cuesta encouraged him to emulate the viewer's perspective but as if in the same room as the characters. The unobtrusive camera in concert with nimble blocking by Cuesta would enable the actors to get used to Bobbitt's presence and the scenes being acted out would feel that much more real.
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: ...
There are new (large face) $100 bills in the crack-selling montage.
Just before the closing credits, there is a short video showing the real Gary Webb at home with his children.
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$2,450,846 (USA) (27 January 2015)
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