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Drug Wars: The Camarena Story 

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | TV Mini-Series (1990– )
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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 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
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 Bud Mullen 3 episodes, 1990
Jorge Cervera Jr. ...
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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 ...
Ugo Bianchi ...
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 Reporter 3 episodes, 1990
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 Federale at Airport 3 episodes, 1990
Bruce V. Caton ...
Dan Carruthers ...
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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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 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 ...
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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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Rob Sullivan ...
 Jury Foreman 3 episodes, 1990
Adrian Tafoya ...
 Young Man 3 episodes, 1990
John Tayloe ...
 U.S. Attorney 3 episodes, 1990
Mark Thomson ...
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Dana Kristen 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 ...
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 Portago Diaz 3 episodes, 1990
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Rob E. Angelino ...
 Mexican Informant 3 episodes, 1990
Clayton Barclay Jones ...
 Nick Vaughan 3 episodes, 1990
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 Jalisco Policeman #2 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
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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.

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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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Trivia

10 years later after appearing in this miniseries, Steven Bauer, Benicio Del Toro, Miguel Ferrer, Eddie Velez and Tomas Milian were reunited in the similar themed film Traffic (2000). 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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