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Traffic (2000)

A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.

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Cast

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Andrew Chavez ...
Desert Truck Driver
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Desert Truck Driver
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General Arturo Salazar
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Salazar Soldier / The Torturer
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Salazar Soldier #2
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Lawyer Rodman
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Clerk
Lorene Hetherington ...
State Capitol Reporter #1
Eric Collins ...
State Capitol Reporter #2
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DEA Agent - CalTrans
Peter Stader ...
DEA Agent - CalTrans
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DEA Agent - CalTrans
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Storyline

An intertwined drama about the United States' war on drugs, seen through the eyes of a once conservative judge, now newly-appointed drug czar, his crack-addicted daughter, two DEA agents, a jailed drug kingpin's wife, and a Mexican cop who begins to question his boss's motives.

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Taglines:

It's a dirty, dirty war! And no one comes away clean See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug content, strong language, violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Traffik  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,517,549 (USA) (5 January 2001)

Gross:

$124,107,476 (USA) (6 July 2001)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Steven Soderbergh: [company named "Perennial"] The company where Montel Gordon (Don Cheadle) and Ray Castro (Luis Guzmán) go to apprehend Eduardo Ruiz (Miguel Ferrer) is called Perennial Storage. Also see The Limey (1999), Out of Sight (1998) and The Underneath (1995). See more »

Goofs

When Judge Wakefield and his wife talk to their daughter after she is released from jail, the living room walls are painted mocha brown. Two to 3 minutes into the scene, the walls are clearly green in color. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Javier Rodriguez: [in Spanish] Last night I had an ugly nightmare.
Manolo Sanchez: [in Spanish] Oh yeah? What happened, man?
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Crazy Credits

Master of the 4-string Electric Bassius O' Phellius - Flea See more »

Connections

Remade as Dum Maaro Dum (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

An Ending (Ascent)
Written and Performed by Brian Eno
Courtesy of Astralwerks Records
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User Reviews

 
All you could ask for.
28 January 2001 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

No compromises here. Traffic takes a long, hard look at the narcotics industry in North America and manages to entertain at the same time. The triple plot allows you to see the whole industry with multiple perspectives. The movie is visually stunning, loved the different filters for the three locations.

That the war on drugs cannot be won, and is hypocritical to boot, is a message that needs as much air-time as it can get.


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