Traffik (1989)

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The Hamburg police arrest an international businessman, charging him with smuggling heroin from Pakistan. While he's on trial, his trophy wife, a former Olympic swimmer, discovers steely ... See full summary »

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 Jack Lithgow (6 episodes, 1989)
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 Helen Rosshalde (6 episodes, 1989)
Fritz Müller-Scherz ...
 Ulli (6 episodes, 1989)
Jamal Shah ...
 Fazal (6 episodes, 1989)
Talat Hussain ...
 Tariq Butt (6 episodes, 1989)
Vincenzo Benestante ...
 Domenquez (6 episodes, 1989)
George Kukura ...
 Karl Rosshalde / ... (5 episodes, 1989)
Ismat Shah Jahan ...
 Sabira (5 episodes, 1989)
Raahi Raza ...
 Khushal (5 episodes, 1989)
Roohi Raza ...
 Naseem (5 episodes, 1989)
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 Caroline Lithgow (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Rachel Lithgow (4 episodes, 1989)
Peter Bourke ...
 Henderson (4 episodes, 1989)
Tilo Prückner ...
 Dieter (4 episodes, 1989)
Peter Lakenmacher ...
 Ledesert (4 episodes, 1989)
Faryal Gohar ...
 Roomana (4 episodes, 1989)
Shelley Goldfarb ...
 Lisa (4 episodes, 1989)
Regina Pressler ...
 Public Prosecutor (4 episodes, 1989)
Tony Mathews ...
 Wallace (3 episodes, 1989)
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 Lee (3 episodes, 1989)
Rahat Kazmi ...
 Dilshad (3 episodes, 1989)
Sarah Mortimer ...
 Margaret (3 episodes, 1989)
Jennifer Susan Hibbert ...
 Lotte (3 episodes, 1989)
Anthony Pfriem ...
 Johann (3 episodes, 1989)
Wolfgang Rau ...
 Werner (3 episodes, 1989)
Utz Richter ...
 Presiding Judge (3 episodes, 1989)
Shabaz Durrani ...
 Lal / ... (3 episodes, 1989)
Jonathan Docker-Drysdale ...
 Lynch (2 episodes, 1989)
Michael Bertenshaw ...
 Tyler (2 episodes, 1989)
Philip Middlemiss ...
 Tony (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Doctor (2 episodes, 1989)
Behroze Sabzwari ...
 Ghani (2 episodes, 1989)
Willy Bartelsen
(2 episodes, 1989)
Alex Leppard
(2 episodes, 1989)
Holger Mahlich ...
 Prulager (2 episodes, 1989)
Bernard Adena ...
 Captain (2 episodes, 1989)
Werner Schwuchow ...
 Kilmer (2 episodes, 1989)
Saquib Sheikh
(2 episodes, 1989)
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The Hamburg police arrest an international businessman, charging him with smuggling heroin from Pakistan. While he's on trial, his trophy wife, a former Olympic swimmer, discovers steely ruthlessness within herself. In Pakistan, the British home minister tours the poppy-eradication project and returns to London to find that his daughter is a heroin addict. While trying to save her, and helped by a crusading attorney, he learns the limits of government policy. Fazal, a peasant burned off his land where he farmed poppies, goes to Karachi and works for Tarik Butt, a murderous drug lord. Fazal's frankness and sense of worth are his strength and his liability. Stories cross and collide. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One of the best dramas created for TV
14 November 2000 | by (Bay Area, CA USA) – See all my reviews

Traffik is a really well done 6 hour drama about drugs (circa 1987). It tells three stories, in parallel, about how opium is grown in North-East Pakistan, how drugs are smuggled from Pakistan into Europe, and finally, how people addicted to drugs spiral out of control. All three stories are told realistically and with empathy. You see enough of the characters lives to understand how ordinary people can get sucked into a life that is really immoral.

These aren't card-board cutouts, the opium grower is trying to feed his family in a dry area filled with guns and other opium growers. The drug smuggler is a rich German with no heart but his wife (one of the three main characters) is just an ordinary woman who has to choose between leading her life "the old way" or giving up. Finally the main character, the government minister has the toughest role as he must deal with the emotional devastation caused by his own daughter. She slips into the world of drug addiction and starts stealing, suffering from ill-health, attacking her parents emotionally, all so she can continue to satisfy her craving for the drug (heroin) that is destroying her life.

Traffik is one of the best dramas I have ever seen on TV. The scenes in this show will remain with you for a long, long time. Highly recommended. -- Colin Glassey


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