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Has anyone seen "The Mule", Eastwood and Cooper, 2018?

Just watched it, then did some research on the life story of Leo Sharp, the man that the film was based on.

Names all changed in the script, but the gross details are real. Leo (Earl, played by Clint) was a horticulturist and a decorated war vet living in Michigan City, Indiana. He had money troubles with his flower business and was approached by Mexican laborers working at his farm. They advised him about cartel opportunities, thus he became a drug mule for over a decade. Over that time, he became friends with cartel members who called him "grandfather" ("Tata"). He ran thousands of kilos of cocaine from the southwest border to Detroit, then took $millions back down the road on return trips.

He was finally captured in Michigan by joint DEA and MI State Police at the age of 87. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison; telling the judge he would pay a $half mil fine for illegally growing Hawaiian fruit to avoid jail time. No deal. He served only one year; released for medical reasons. He died two years later, age 92, in rural Michigan.

In all, a great film and a fascinating story that was published in the New York Times. A high-caliber cast, great acting all around. But a standout is Diane Wiest, playing Earl's wife Mary. She dies from cancer, giving one of the most realistic and graphic portrayals of that kind of death that you can stand to watch. It ain't pretty, but I've seen such things. It was award-worthy.

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Topic - Has anyone seen "The Mule", Eastwood and Cooper, 2018? - free.ranger 10:27:15 05/24/20 (11)


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