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Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja

HD   R Closed Captioning

Billy Corben

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About the Movie

In 1979, the U.S. Customs Service reported that 87% of all marijuana seizures in the U.S. were made in the South Florida area. Due to the region's 5,000 miles of coast and coastal waterways and close proximity to the Caribbean and Latin America, South Florida was a pot smuggler's paradise. In sharp contrast to the brazenly violent cocaine cowboys of the 1980s, Miami's marijuana smugglers were cooler, calmer, and typically nonviolent. Square Grouper paints a vivid portrait of Miami's pot smuggling culture in the '70s and '80s and its major players: the smuggling Black Tuna Gang, the pot dealing Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church and the tiny fishing village of Everglades City.


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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A curiously inert documentary about pot smuggling in South Florida in the 1970s and '80s. – Rachel Saltz, New York Times, Apr 14, 2011

Fresh: A hilarious, tragic tale of Florida ganja. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Apr 17, 2011

Fresh: Square Grouper's admirably backhanded inquiry into the social and economic costs of weed criminalization extends far beyond the wake-and-bake crowd. – Mark Holcomb, Village Voice, Apr 12, 2011

Fresh: You could get a contact high just watching it. – V.A. Musetto, New York Post, Apr 15, 2011

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Customer Reviews


Tells a great story!! I watched it twice already.


great documentary