How to Make Money Selling Drugs

Matthew Cooke, USA 2012, 94’

In a country where trace amounts of cocaine can be found on nine out of ten banknotes, there is probably no faster way to get rich than by dealing drugs. So let’s find out how, as the narrator, along with several experts (including dealers and police officers, lawyers, activists and a few celebrities like 50 Cent, Eminem, Susan Sarandon and Woody Harrelson), provides tips and analyzes the various rungs available on the career ladder in the drug business. He describes them in order, like in a video game, level after level, from street dealer to kingpin, sharing stories like those from the films Blow and American Gangster. Finally, he reaches the unexpected, bitter conclusion that, with the exception of cartel heads, no one profits more from drugs than the state. This dynamic, hilarious, sociopolitical satire about the American war on drugs is everything you ever wanted to know about drug trafficking but were afraid to ask.   


2013 Champs-Elysées Film Festival - Najlepszy dokument / Best Documentary

Matthew Cooke

Born in Washington in 1973.He apparently spent part of his youth making fake IDs (according to his biography on, before graduating from film school, after which he worked on production and editing and later began directing. He worked on Amy Berg’s documentary Deliver Us From Evil, which was nominated for an Oscar in 2006.   


2007 Stupidface (serial tv / tv series)

2007 Bad Dad (serial tv / tv series)

2012 Jak zarobić na dilerce? / How to Make Money Selling Drugs  

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director Matthew Cooke
screenplay Grant Jolly, Matthew Cooke
cinematography Matthew Cooke
editing Matthew Cooke, Jeff Cowan
music Spencer Nezey
cast 50 Cent, Eminem, Susan Sarandon, Woody Harrelson
producer Bert Marcus
production Bert Marcus Productions
sales Lightning Entertainment
language English
coloration colour
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