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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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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22 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Traffik, le sang du pavot  »

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This series shows how illicit drugs affect peoples's lives from every stage of the drug, from poppies in the field to the smuggler to the end user. The acting and character studies are superior and the series is very engrossing. See more »

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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Chamber Symphony in c minor, op. 110a
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Four stories about the drug trade in Europe become intertwined over the course of this 6 part miniseries. In Germany a businessman is arrested on drug smuggling charges, and his wife attempts to save her family by continuing her husband's illegal trade. Meanwhile the British Home Secretary travels to Pakistan to negotiate an aid package that he hopes will stop the drug flow from that country. Even as he does this however his own daughter succumbs to heroin addiction, tearing their family apart. This is the miniseries on which the American film and miniseries were based. The original is far superior to its two decendants. The poverty and desperation of the third world are portrayed very well. It is stark, uncompromising and brutal.


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