On TV: OPERATION ODESSA

Coming to Showtime this Saturday, March 31:
OPERATION ODESSA

Director:
Tiller Russell

Premiere:
SXSW 2018

Select Festivals:
Miami

About:
An outrageous caper in the Miami drug underworld.

Named for the federal task force investigating Russian gangsters in the Miami drug trade, Tiller Russell’s entertaining film takes viewers back to the heyday of that scene in the 1980s and ’90s, and introduces them to some of its major players as they relate a stranger than fiction story of the excesses of the time. At the core is a Russian gangster known as Tarzan, a Floridian luxury car dealer, and a self-made millionaire Cuban drug trafficker. Together, they weave an outrageous story of chutzpah and hubris that culminates in a plan to buy a post-Cold War Soviet nuclear submarine for a Colombian drug cartel. While the film could be criticized for glorifying criminality to some extent, it fits the nature of the colorful characters it explores and the milieu in which they operated until their activities caught up with them.

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