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Escobar: Paradise Lost

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Escobar: Paradise Lost
Official DVD Cover
Country FRA.jpg France
ESP.jpg Spain
BEL.jpg Belgium
PAN.jpg Panama
Directed by Andrea Di Stefano
Release Date 2014
Main Cast
Character Actor
Nick Josh Hutcherson
Pablo Escobar Benicio del Toro
Drago Gutiérrez Carlos Bardem

Escobar: Paradise Lost is a 2014 crime movie directed by Andrea Di Stefano. It focuses on the story of Nick, a Canadian surfer, who falls in love with the niece of real-life drug dealer Pablo Escobar. Although Nick (or any boyfriend of an existing niece) never existed, the movie is based on real events of Escobar's and Colombia's political and criminal life, as well as some behavior depicted in the movie.


The following weapons were used in the film Escobar: Paradise Lost:


Beretta 92FS

Beretta 92FS pistols are widely seen in the hands of various thugs throughout the movie. However, this pistol is also used by Nick (Josh Hutcherson), given to him by Escobar (Benicio del Toro), with the particularity of being a custom nickel version (as it is shiny and not matte as a genuine Inox version) and fitted with pearl grips. Nick later takes another one, a regular model, from a police officer, using the pistols in an akimbo way. The "FS" version is confirmed with a clear shot on the slide's markings, and is not anachronistic, with the end of the movie being set in June 1991.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
A stereotypical cartel gun. Note the strange trigger behavior, being in the "cocked hammer" position, while the hammer itself is not.
Escobar performing a brass check.
Nick about to flip the safety off his pistols. Note nomenclature on the slide, indicating a genuine 92FS model is used.

Custom Beretta 92F

Drago Gutiérrez (Carlos Bardem), Escobar's head of the sicarios (killers), carries a custom Beretta 92FS Inox pistol. It is fitted with an ALGIMEC compensator, a sound suppressor, and an extended magazine equipped with some kind of grip extension. Funnily enough, it is very similar to Léon's (Jean Reno) Beretta in Léon: The Professional, as they are both fitted with compensators and suppressors.

Beretta 92FS fitted with AL-GI-MEC with suppressor, as seen in Léon: The Professional - 9x19mm
Javier Bardem sure looks like his older brother Carlos.

Beretta 93R

During a shootout, one of Escobar's sicarios is seen firing a Beretta 93R in the 3-round burst mode. It was previously seen laying on a table.

Beretta 93R with wood grips - 9x19mm
Note the cutouts in the barrel.
Nice cycling action from a genuine 93R.


Original-model M1911s are seen throughout the film. Several are first seen laying on a table, along with one next to a dead thug. Nick is also given one for "self defense purpose".

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
Note the presence of Nick's Beretta as well.
A thug drops his M1911 when he takes a fall off the balcony.
Closer look, giving an excellent view of the various details that allow to identify this pistol as an original M1911, as opposed to the later M1911A1.
Nick's poorly hidden M1911 in a drawer.

Colt Python

During the confrontation between the Rolando brothers and Dylan, a thug is seen with a Colt Python tucked in his waistband.

Colt Python with 4" Barrel and factory wood grips - .357 Magnum
A very safe way of carrying a gun.
The Sicario in the middle fires what appears to be anoter Colt Python.

Submachine Guns


During a shootout, one of Escobar's sicarios is seen firing an IMI Uzi with a wooden stock

IMI Uzi with detachable wood buttstock (early model with straight comb) - 9x19mm
The Sicario fires the Uzi. Note the wooden stock.


AK Variant

During a shootout, one of Escobar's sicarios is seen firing an AK-47 style rifle.

The Sicario on the left corner fires the AK.

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