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 Fazal (3 episodes)
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 Ronny Cho (3 episodes)
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 Zula (3 episodes)
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 Dale (3 episodes)
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 Crewman (3 episodes)
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 Home Owners Wife (3 episodes)
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 Home Owner (3 episodes)
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 Yuri (3 episodes)
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 Clyde (3 episodes)
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 US Special Op (3 episodes)
Muhammad Nasir Nawabi ...
 Afghan Kidnap Leader (3 episodes)
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 Walid (3 episodes)
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Zook Matthews ...
 Man in Rowboat (3 episodes)
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 Cleaner (3 episodes)
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 Dispatcher (3 episodes)
Greg Anderson ...
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Stephen Spender ...
 US Officer (3 episodes)
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 DEA Agent #1 (3 episodes)
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 DEA Agent #2 (3 episodes)
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 Adam Kadyrov (3 episodes)
Bobby Stewart ...
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 Brent Delaney (3 episodes)
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 Alarm Guy #2 (3 episodes)
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 Ben Edmonds (3 episodes)
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 Mike McKay (3 episodes)
Scott Owen ...
 Sedan Guy (3 episodes)
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 Carole McKay (3 episodes)
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 Cop (3 episodes)
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 Barman (3 episodes)
Abdullah Amini ...
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Stephen Johnson ...
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 Morgue Man (3 episodes)
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 Site Supervisor (3 episodes)
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 Illegal Man (3 episodes)
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A three-part miniseries that offers a look into the world of trafficking, where drugs, weapons, and even people are traded all over the world. Here, the lives of three Seattle-based men become intertwined...until they're all in over their heads. Written by Anonymous

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Drugs were just the beginning.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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26 January 2004 (USA)  »

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Traffic: The Miniseries  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Remake of Traffik (1989) See more »

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Compelling viewing despite being somewhat flawed
29 January 2004 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the new made-for-TV miniseries "Traffic". It's important to note that this was roughly based on another miniseries called "Traffik" (spelled with a 'k'), made in 1989 by the BBC. I liked that one immensely, it is easily one of the best movies I've ever seen. But I would still rate this new effort as way above average.

The story is compelling viewing, mainly because it hits so close to home - literally and figuratively. The movie is roughly organized around two main scenarios: one involves the illegal smuggling into the United States - by way of the commercial seaport of Seattle, Washington - of cargos of illegal immigrants; the other deals with a terrorist-organized shipment of smallpox, meant to wipe out huge masses of population in the U.S. In a post 9-11 world it's the kind of story that ought to make one sit up and take note.

Both stories grab your attention: both are dark and tragic enough to really make you feel empathy towards all involved. I found myself really caring about the fates of each of the main characters, I anxiously awaited the following episodes, and was willing to tune in for three nights consecutively - something I don't often do with made-for-TV stuff nowadays.

I couldn't help but note a few flaws, probably because I was subconsciously comparing this film with the aforementioned "Traffik", the BBC miniseries of 1989, which was generally a superior film. I felt this current miniseries got a bit too melodramatic and sensationalistic here and there, and it seemed that characters were doing things that seemed too contrived for reality. (Made-for-TV says it all!). Another distraction was the fact that the seaport in the story was purportedly supposed to be Seattle, Washington. Well, it turns out the whole thing was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Since I'm from Seattle and know what my city looks like, I had a good chuckle out of watching the film trying to pass off Vancouver as Seattle.

But these flaws are minor and largely cosmetic compared to the real gist of the film, which is essentially the dark and seamy nature of the "trafficking" which the movie addresses: the smuggling of illegal immigrants is a reality, as is the threat of terrorists using shipping containers to smuggle in WMD's. (A couple of years ago here in Seattle, customs inspectors found a freight van on board a cargo ship that had about 15 dead Chinese illegals in it. Seems they didn't survive the trip across the Pacific. So the human smuggling that is depicted in the movie is a real issue and is based on actual events.)

If you get a chance, watch this miniseries (hopefully it will be out on DVD or videocassette someday). I also heartily recommend that you find a copy of the aforementioned BBC miniseries "Traffik". Both films cover serious issues that, in this day and age - especially post 9-11 - are impossible to ignore.


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