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Traffic (2000)

A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.

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(miniseries Traffik), (screenplay)
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Cast

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Andrew Chavez ...
Desert Truck Driver
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Desert Truck Driver
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General Arturo Salazar
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Salazar Soldier / The Torturer
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Salazar Soldier #2
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Lawyer Rodman
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Clerk
Lorene Hetherington ...
State Capitol Reporter #1
Eric Collins ...
State Capitol Reporter #2
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DEA Agent - CalTrans
Peter Stader ...
DEA Agent - CalTrans
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DEA Agent - CalTrans
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Storyline

An intertwined drama about the United States' war on drugs, seen through the eyes of a once conservative judge, now newly-appointed drug czar, his crack-addicted daughter, two DEA agents, a jailed drug kingpin's wife, and a Mexican cop who begins to question his boss's motives.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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No One Gets Away Clean See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug content, strong language, violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Traffik  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,517,549 (USA) (5 January 2001)

Gross:

$124,115,725 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

After Out of Sight (1998), Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney became regular collaborators. This film features Clooney's cousin, Miguel Ferrer. See more »

Goofs

When Javier is asked to get in the trunk, he throws a cigarette on the floor. In the next shot the cigarette is not there. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Javier Rodriguez: [in Spanish] Last night I had an ugly nightmare.
Manolo Sanchez: [in Spanish] Oh yeah? What happened, man?
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Crazy Credits

Master of the 4-string Electric Bassius O' Phellius - Flea See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Megan Mullally/Clay Aiken (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Give The Po' Man A Break
Written by Fatboy Slim (as Norman Cook)
Performed by Fatboy Slim
Courtesy of Astralwerks Records
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A Sodebergh Binge
1 January 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Yep, I'm on a full Sodebergh binge. I've been crazy about him ever since "King of The Hill" and he, very rarely, lets me down. I couldn't say that about many people including siblings and lovers. "Traffic" is not a departure for Sodebergh, all of his films are. He is an artist with a golden touch. He can travel through opposing universes with amazing ease. In "Traffic" the universe is uncomfortable, muddy, almost ugly and yet, it fascinates and attracts with the power of a magic magnet. Benicio del Toro and Erika Christensen are the two inhabitants of this peculiar universe that get under your skin and carry with you as if they were part of a personal experience. No, not if. They do, they are, they become part of a personal experience. The film allows you that. It makes you learn without preaching. How many films today manage that?


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