Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee

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Gringo: The Dangerous Life
of John McAfee
Directed byNanette Burstein
Release date
  • September 11, 2016 (2016-09-11) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • September 24, 2016 (2016-09-24)

Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee is a Showtime documentary film about the portion of John McAfee's life spent in Belize. The film was directed by Nanette Burstein and premiered on September 24, 2016.[1]


McAfee became a multi-millionaire after creating a prominent antivirus software, and later relocated to Belize. In April 2012, national police raided McAfee's estate based on suspicions of drug manufacture or trafficking. Later that year McAfee's neighbor Greg Faull was murdered and McAfee went into hiding before crossing the border to Guatemala and being deported back to the United States. The documentary suggests that McAfee was involved in the murder due to a feud between him and Faull over McAfee's dogs. McAfee was never charged with any crime in Belize.[2][3]


John DeFore of the Hollywood Reporter praised the film, stating, 'Though she says she began the documentary trying to understand how McAfee's likely guilt was so quickly forgotten by the media as they covered his latest political aspirations, Burstein seems to have wound up conducting an investigation more thorough, or at least more fruitful, than any local authority.'[4] Jacob Brogan of Slate said of the film, 'Even when Burstein’s questions don’t prompt easy answers, it’s thrilling to consider the possibilities that arise in their wake.'[5], while Steve Greene of IndieWire said, 'This film works best as an indictment of a sensationalist, tunnel-vision brand of media coverage that confuses eccentricity for legitimacy and eschews reporting in favor of the face-value testimony of a strong personality.'[6]

McAfee's response[edit]

McAfee described the documentary as fiction,[7] and four of McAfee's associates from Belize alleged that documentary producers misled them about their motives and coerced them into filming interviews.[8]


  1. ^ Zelenko, Michael (September 12, 2016). "New Showtime documentary accuses John McAfee of rape and involvement in two murders". Retrieved September 14, 2016.
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  7. ^ "John McAfee: Showtime's 'Gringo' Documentary Is Fiction". Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  8. ^ Channel 5 Belize, 4 ex-John McAfee Associates Admit They Lied About Tycoon for Documentary,, Sep 23, 2016; accessed 14 April 2018

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