Fact-based story of undercover DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena who, while stationed in Guadalajara, uncovered a massive marijuana operation in Northern Mexico that led to his death and a ... See full summary »
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1990  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Series cast summary:
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 Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Mika Camarena (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Tony Riva (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Caro Quintero (3 episodes, 1990)
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 George Gilliard (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Pavon Reyes (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Florentino Ventura (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Jack Lawn (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Bob Rawlings (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Ramon Varona (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Stephen Matson (3 episodes, 1990)
Alex Sheafe
(3 episodes, 1990)
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 Bud Mullen (3 episodes, 1990)
(3 episodes, 1990)
Jorge Cervera Jr. ...
 Suarez (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Valdez (3 episodes, 1990)
(3 episodes, 1990)
Kenny Morrison ...
 Enrique Camarena Jr (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Ray Carson (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Harley Steinmetz (3 episodes, 1990)
Walter Alamo ...
 Daniel Camarena (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Don Clements (3 episodes, 1990)
Frank Avila ...
 Lopez-Razon (3 episodes, 1990)
Steven Barr ...
 INS Cop (3 episodes, 1990)
Ugo Bianchi ...
 Banker (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Reporter (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Federale at Airport (3 episodes, 1990)
Bruce V. Caton ...
 Pilot (3 episodes, 1990)
Dan Carruthers ...
 Pilot (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Thanh Steinmetz (3 episodes, 1990)
Katherine Cortez ...
 Female Reporter #1 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Torres-Lepe (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Interrogator / ... (3 episodes, 1990)
Roberto Estrada ...
 Musician (3 episodes, 1990)
Gary W. Farrell ...
 Pilot A-2 (3 episodes, 1990)
Fernando Garzón ...
 Seguno Interrogator (3 episodes, 1990)
Ramiro González ...
 Muscle Man #2 (3 episodes, 1990)
Armando Guerrero ...
 Pistolero (3 episodes, 1990)
Ron Henriquez ...
 Major Sabina (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Atty. Gen. Ramirez (3 episodes, 1990)
Freddie Jin ...
 Sparring Partner (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Aide (3 episodes, 1990)
Tito Larriva ...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1990)
Laura Leavitt ...
 Pam Matson (3 episodes, 1990)
Robert Lesser ...
 Varona's Lawyer (3 episodes, 1990)
Frank Lugo ...
 Desk Sgt (3 episodes, 1990)
Julio Medina ...
 Benjamin Piza (3 episodes, 1990)
Art Moroff ...
 Well Muscled Man #2 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 El Samy Ramirez (3 episodes, 1990)
Isidro Olace ...
 Vendor (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Abel Reynoso (3 episodes, 1990)
Rudy Prieto ...
 Jalisco Policeman #1 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Commando #3 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Pablo Seguno (3 episodes, 1990)
Gilbert Rosales ...
 Commando #2 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Commando (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Commando #4 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Helicopter Pilot / ... (3 episodes, 1990)
Kenneth A. Simpson ...
 Pilot #3 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Judge (3 episodes, 1990)
Rob Sullivan ...
 Jury Foreman (3 episodes, 1990)
Adrian Tafoya ...
 Young Man (3 episodes, 1990)
John Tayloe ...
 U.S. Attorney (3 episodes, 1990)
Mark Thomson ...
 Pilot (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Gabriel (3 episodes, 1990)
Dirk Vahle ...
 Pilot A-3 #2 (3 episodes, 1990)
Robert Wethern ...
 Mexican Informant (3 episodes, 1990)
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 FBI Forensics Man (3 episodes, 1990)
Jim Zubiena ...
 Craig (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Portago Diaz (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Caesar (3 episodes, 1990)
(3 episodes, 1990)
(3 episodes, 1990)
Rob E. Angelino ...
 Mexican Informant (3 episodes, 1990)
(3 episodes, 1990)
Clayton Barclay Jones ...
 Nick Vaughan (3 episodes, 1990)
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 CIA (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Jalisco Policeman #2 (3 episodes, 1990)
(3 episodes, 1990)
Gil Serna ...
 Reporter #3 (3 episodes, 1990)
Christine Claravall ...
 Marianna Morello (1 episode, 1990)
Ruben Amavizca ...
 Mexican Army Officer (1 episode, 1990)
Ronald Fox
(1 episode, 1990)
(1 episode, 1990)
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 FBI Agent (1 episode, 1990)
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 Himself (archive footage) (3 episodes, 1990)
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Storyline

Fact-based story of undercover DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena who, while stationed in Guadalajara, uncovered a massive marijuana operation in Northern Mexico that led to his death and a remarkable investigation of corruption within the Mexican government. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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His Death Ignited A War America Can't Win.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and drug content | See all certifications »
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7 January 1990 (USA)  »

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A Guerra das Drogas  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Ethan Embry (as Ethan Randall). See more »

Connections

Followed by Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel (1992) See more »

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Great Cast,Great Story
24 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

A great film based on DEA agent, Enrique"Kiki" Camerena of Calexico California. Acclaimed director, Michael Mann of "Miami Vice", "Heat" and "The Insider" was Executive Producer of this 1991 Mini-series directed by Brian Gibson. It was the second most watched NBC mini-series of the year following "The Kennedys". Filmed on location in Spain, "Drug Wars" is a powerhouse film depicting the role of the DEA in Mexico in 1985 that led to the unveiling of drug corruption within the Mexican government. At the head of the investigation was agent Camerena, played by Steven Bauer along with Jaime Kurkendall,portrayed by Craig T. Nelson (wonderful performance by the way). Miguel Ferrer,Tony Plana, Elizabeth Pena and then 24 year old, Benicio Del Torro also star. A tight cast portray the investigation into the kidnapping, torture and cover up of Kiki Camarena. Based on Elaine Shannon's book and "Time" magazine article, "Desperados". This is a great film. The precursor to "Traffic".Great Film. I wish NBC would sell this film!


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