The Frank Matthews Story

 (226)7.11 h 22 min2012X-Ray13+
Frank Matthews was the biggest drug dealer in the entire United States circa 1970.Then he disappeared with $90 million in cash. He was never been found.
Directors
Al ProfitRon Chepesiuk
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Frank MatthewsAl Profit
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English [CC]
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Al ProfitRon Chepesiuk
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4.2 out of 5 stars

226 global ratings

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Lewis Patrick PullonReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Why do we Idolize these punks. White, black, Chinese, Latin, Cuban, French, or whoever. Low life’s that have brought a moral decay to Our Land Of Freedom. Doesn’t sound like a land as such when you watch this. Most just watch out of greed. Matthews is tormenting in Hell right now. Picture that. He is not saved. Lol. You know why? Because he did not want it. Guess what? Another story about a director that likes evil. What’s really the motive here? Think about it. Did he ever say this guy was evil? No. He likes him. He may be an Idol to him. I don’t Idolize anyone, or anything. Do you?
4 people found this helpful
Dawn LeeAnn SchererReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
No Meat
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I'm not sure why this is so highly rated. The subject matter is inherently interesting, but there was no substance to this documentary. Basically the camera cut back and forth to 20 different guys saying, "Frank was the man!!" for an hour and a half.
8 people found this helpful
EDWReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fascinating Look into Crime History
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Although this documentary is mostly just "talking heads," of people who knew, worked with, or tried to prosecute Frank Matthews, it is a surprisingly interesting film. It starts right at the heart of it, with his involvement in the drug trafficking trade, and his penchant for making loads and loads of money. It takes you through the origins of this very capable and bright man, and to his eventual disappearance. It is a hard look at his activities, without being judgmental. Very nicely balanced. I would have liked some archival footage, but that might not have been possible. What is there is a fascinating look into one aspect of crime history, and black American history of a particular bent. Worth a watch.
3 people found this helpful
jonny irishReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Finally the story about the real King of smack makes it into print
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This is a must-read, for anyone who is familiar with Frank's story. I mean Nicky Barnes was big but this guy he was one of the biggest and he certainly puts that mental midget Frank Lucas to shame Hollywood ran off and told the Frank Lucas story without getting their facts straight. Anyone in the know, knows Shorty was the real brains Frank was nothing but a big dumb bully who could barely tie shoes and he did rat out every single person that he ever dealt with you can watch the documentary, Sgts. smack by a dude name Atkins and he'll give you the real deal. But let's stay on point here and talk about just how come it took so long for someone to make a documentary and write a book about this guy and his disappearance is he dead, or is he living in Venezuela, nobody really knows but you better believe somehow someway somebody got their hands on all that alleged money maybe that's why nobody was looking real hard for him. Look how long it took him to find Whitey Bulger you think that was an accident Frank wasn't found because somebody didn't want Frank to be found read the book it's the bomb respectfully Johnny Irish
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 4, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
HIStory.
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The creator of this documentary tells a story of this Black "Drug Kingpin". Selling dope and growing an empire. He narrates many misleading events in America's War on Drugs and Nixon's role. Often leaving out important facts when he offers statistics about black unemployment and the connection to street drug dealers. He conveniently leaves out the systemic roadblocks set by America in creating the "perfect dysfunctional environment that CREATED this "most dangerous drug dealer". Just another whitewashed story. If you watch this Doc please seek out books about the evolution of America from 1878 (The dismantling of Reconstruction) to the present day. This way you have a clear understanding. If this guy did all that is reported by people interview for this doc clams. He is not someone to be admired and neither is the systems that created him.
John ThomasReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very interesting story. I watch the Frank Lucus movie ...
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Very interesting story. I watch the Frank Lucus movie with Densel Washington but I had no idea that Frank Matthews was more powerful than Frank Lucus. What an interesting ending
3 people found this helpful
Michael JoseReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed the interviews and archived footage and photos of the ...
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Really well done docue on the infamous Frank Matthews. I enjoyed the interviews and archived footage and photos of the times. Learned a couple things too.
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KPReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
The one that got away!
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I love a good documentary about anything of the past. This was no different. I had never heard of or knew anything about Frank Matthews, but his story was good. Drugs, money, and the government have a long history way before now. Seems like history is only repeating itself.
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