Traffik (1989)

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Series cast 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)
Sharron Bower ...
 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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Traffik, le sang du pavot  »

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Television drama at its finest
28 January 2001 | by (Cambridge, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I had been very curious to see the original six-hour miniseries that Steven Soderbergh's latest movie was based on, and now that I have, I am happy to say that one is not better than the other. They are both intelligent, involving and extremely entertaining. The only real advantage that the miniseries has over the movie is that it is three and a half hours longer, so we get to know the characters more in depth.

There isn't a false note to be had in this production, one that you should definitely make time for when PBS re-broadcasts this miniseries sometime in 2001. You won't regret it.


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