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 Fazal (3 episodes)
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 Ronny Cho (3 episodes)
Tony Musante ...
 Alex Edmonds (3 episodes)
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 Tyler McKay (3 episodes)
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 Shannon Isler (3 episodes)
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 Kahn (3 episodes)
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 Angie (3 episodes)
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 Chloe (3 episodes)
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 Wayne Frazier (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)
Malik McCall ...
 DEA Supervisor (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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 Ben's Partner (3 episodes)
Zook Matthews ...
 Man in Rowboat (3 episodes)
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 Cleaner (3 episodes)
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 Dispatcher (3 episodes)
Greg Anderson ...
 Shipping Agent (3 episodes)
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 ...
 Alarm Guy #1 (3 episodes)
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 Brent Delaney (3 episodes)
Aurelio DiNunzio ...
 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 ...
 Arms Dealer (3 episodes)
Audra Ricketts ...
 Drug Dealer (3 episodes)
Stephen Johnson ...
 Search & Rescue Diver (3 episodes)
Jason Dhaliwal ...
 Patel's Son (3 episodes)
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 Hospital Cop (3 episodes)
Nicholas W. von Zill ...
 Smuggler Captain (3 episodes)
Apollonia Vanova ...
 Morgue Woman (3 episodes)
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 Morgue Man (3 episodes)
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 Wine Waitress (3 episodes)
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 Carole's Agent (3 episodes)
Rhys Lloyd ...
 Paramedic (3 episodes)
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 Site Supervisor (3 episodes)
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 Buddy / ... (3 episodes)
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 DEA Supervisor #2 (3 episodes)
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 Illegal Man (3 episodes)
Joanna Piros ...
 Reporter (3 episodes)
Ahmad Sharmrou ...
 Liquor Store Clerk (3 episodes)
Dagmar Midcap ...
 Anchor Woman (3 episodes)
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 Building Manager (3 episodes)
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 Ben's Lawyer (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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What Would Happen if Tom Clancy Wrote a Miniseries ...
30 January 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

A drug bust goes bad in US occupied Afghanistan, a merchant marine boat is scuttled while smuggling illegal immigrants, and the bank forecloses on a Wharton MBA's insolvent real estate deal -- the first 50 pages of a new Clancy novel? No, these 3 completely nonsequitur events happen in the first half hour of Traffic: The Miniseries.

Aside from the common theme of drugs, Traffic bears very little resemblance to Michael Douglas movie of the same name. That said, I was surprised by how engrossed I became in the plot. The miniseris is purely plot driven, with skin-deep characters provided to push the plot along. With 3 separate plot threads running concurrently, Traffic adeptly navigates the viewer through the labryinthine story with little confusion and much suspense.

Noteworthy performances are Elias Koteas and Martin Donovan as 2 DEA agents charged with the sisyphean task of de-stabilizing the same Taliban drug operation they helped organize in the 80s. Koteas displays the same subdued heroism here as he did in Thin Red Line opposite Nick Nolte. Mary McCormack also shines as Koteas wife, not your typical damsel in distress.

In the end, Traffic: the Miniseries is just a cool story, weaving narco-terrorism with Homeland Security. I would have enjoyed seeing this writ large a la HBO, bigger budget, better locales (Vancouver, BC doubles for everything from Seattle to Afghanistan), and stark dialogue. On HBO, Traffic would have been a true epic. On USA, it's a just a long stanza (Damn you, Barry Diller, spend some $$$!)


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