Cocaine Bear (2023)

Inspired by the 1985 true story of a drug runner’s plane crash, missing cocaine, and the black bear that ate it, this wild dark comedy finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500- pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow … and blood.


Universal Pictures distributes in the US.

Filmed in Ireland.

Directed by actress-turned-director, Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect 2, Charlie’s Angels).

Written by Jimmy Warden (The Babysitter: Killer Queen).

This film is reportedly inspired by the real life story of “a 175-pound American black bear that died after ingesting a duffel bag full of cocaine in December 1985. The cocaine was dropped out from an airplane piloted by Andrew C. Thornton II, a former narcotics officer and convicted drugs smuggler, because his plane was carrying too heavy a load. The bear was found in northern Georgia alongside 40 opened plastic containers of cocaine.”

Universal Pictures released Cocaine Bear in theaters on February 24, 2023.

Cocaine Bear arrived on PVOD on March 14, 2023. You can rent Cocaine Bear for $19.99, or Digitally purchase the film for $24.99!

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment released Cocaine Bear Maximum Rampage Edition on Digital on April 14, 2023.

Cocaine Bear premiered on Peacock on April 14, 2023.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment released Cocaine Bear Maximum Rampage Edition on Blu-ray™ and DVD on April 18, 2023.

Cocaine Bear premiered on Prime Video on August 15, 2023.


Director: Elizabeth Banks

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