Cocaine Bear Movie (2023) Cast, Release Date, Story, Budget, Collection, Poster, Trailer, Review

Cocaine Bear

February 24, 2023
1hr 35min
Status: released

Trailer, Teaser & Videos

Where to Watch Cocaine Bear (Stream)

Amazon Prime Video

Cocaine Bear Movie Details:

Country United States
Language English
GenreComedy, Horror, Thriller
Release dateFebruary 24, 2023
Running time1h 35m
Age ratingR
StarringKeri Russell
O’Shea Jackson Jr.
Christian Convery
Alden Ehrenreich
Brooklynn Prince
Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Margo Martindale
Ray Liotta
Directed by Elizabeth Banks
Written byJimmy Warden
Produced byPhil Lord
Christopher Miller
Elizabeth Banks
Max Handelman
Brian Duffield
Aditya Sood
Cinematography by John Guleserian
Edited by Joel Negron
Music byMark Mothersbaugh
Production CompanyLord Miller Productions
Brownstone Productions
Jurassic Party Productions
Distributor Universal Pictures

Cocaine Bear Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Keri Russell as Sari
  • Alden Ehrenreich as Eddie
  • O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Daveed
  • Ray Liotta as Syd
  • Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Bob
  • Brooklynn Prince as Dee Dee
  • Christian Convery as Henry
  • Margo Martindale as Ranger Liz
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Peter
  • Kristofer Hivju as Olaf (Kristoffer)
  • Hannah Hoekstra as Elsa
  • Ayoola Smart as Officer Reba
  • Aaron Holliday as Kid (Stache)
  • J.B. Moore as Vest
  • Leo Hanna as Ponytail
  • Kahyun Kim as Beth
  • Scott Seiss as Tom
  • Matthew Rhys as Andrew Thornton


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.

Cocaine Bear Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Budget$30–35 million
Worldwide Collection$90 million

About Cocaine Bear Movie:

Cocaine Bear (released as Crazy Bear in some countries) is an American comedy horror film directed by Elizabeth Banks and written by Jimmy Warden. It is loosely inspired by the true story of the “Cocaine Bear”, an American black bear that ingested several kilograms of a bag containing about 75 lb (34 kg) of lost cocaine. The film stars Keri Russell, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Christian Convery, Alden Ehrenreich, Brooklynn Prince, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Margo Martindale, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ray Liotta. It is dedicated to Liotta, who died in May 2022.

Principal photography took place in County Wicklow, Ireland, between August 20 and October 17, 2021.

Ray Liotta’s final completed film role before his death on May 26, 2022. Liotta died a week after he came to re-record his lines in post-production. Elizabeth Banks said that Liotta praised the look of the bear once he got a look at it.

On March 9, 2021, Universal Pictures announced that the film was in development.

The bear in the movie is female, while the real bear was male.

The production budget was $30–35 million, with a large portion of it going to Wētā FX to create the bear with CGI.

Very loosely based on an actual bear that died after ingesting cocaine that was dumped from an airplane. No rampage by the bear actually happened. In fact, no attacks by the bear were recorded at all.

Cocaine Bear was theatrically released on February 24, 2023, by Universal Pictures. The film opened to generally positive reviews from critics and grossed over $89 million against a production budget of $30–35 million. It was released on premium video-on-demand services two weeks after the theatrical release, on March 14, 2023. It was followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release on April 18, 2023.

In the United States and Canada, Cocaine Bear was released alongside Jesus Revolution and was initially projected to gross $15–20 million from 3,534 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $8.7 million on its first day, including $2 million from Thursday night previews.

As of May 8, 2023, Cocaine Bear had grossed $64.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $24.9 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $89.3 million.