Oh, Those Loveable Drug Dealers: ‘Mr. Nice’ Gets Series Treatment

 

‘I’LL BE 5 MINUTES’

With the announcement last year of a series based on the life of dope-dealer Howard Marks, I thought back to the original 2010 movie (starring Rhys Ifans) and the many movie depictions of dealers as good guys/anti-heroes. Although if  Marks had been pushing heroin I doubt he would have been so lionized.

 


Mr. Nice - Movie Trailer (2011) HD

 

Here’s my list of the most notable, which includes both comedy and serious drama:

  • LIGHT SLEEPER (1992)
  • STRANGE DAYS (1995)
  • PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (2008) & Various ‘Stoner Comedies’ from the likes of Cheech & Chong.
  • SAVAGES (2012)
  • BLOW (2001)
  • AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007)
  • KING OF NEW YORK (1990)
  • AMERICAN MADE (2017)
  • SUPERFLY (1972)

 

Drug dealers may make unlikely heroes, but there’s plenty of evidence from the movies to say that they’ve now become romanticized outlaw figures to many.

 

Any others?

Arnell Esq

Arnell Esq

Broadcast consultant - former Director/Creator of ITV3, ITV4 in the UK, producer/writer (most recently Bob Fosse for Sky Arts in May 2019), commentator/rent-a-gob for trades, broadsheets and magazines. Also occasional lecturer (University of Westminster, London). Content provider. Accept no substitute (terms & conditions apply) 'Nullum bonum amico, nullum peius hostes'

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