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Drug Wars: The Camarena Story 

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | TV Mini-Series (1990– )
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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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Steven Bauer ...  Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena 3 episodes, 1990
Elizabeth Peña ...  Mika Camarena 3 episodes, 1990
Miguel Ferrer ...  Tony Riva 3 episodes, 1990
Benicio Del Toro ...  Caro Quintero 3 episodes, 1990
Guy Boyd ...  George Gilliard 3 episodes, 1990
Tony Plana ...  Pavon Reyes 3 episodes, 1990
Tomas Milian ...  Florentino Ventura 3 episodes, 1990
Raymond J. Barry ...  Jack Lawn 3 episodes, 1990
Everett McGill ...  Bob Rawlings 3 episodes, 1990
Eddie Velez ...  Ramon Varona 3 episodes, 1990
J. Kenneth Campbell ...  Stephen Matson 3 episodes, 1990
Alex Sheafe Alex Sheafe 3 episodes, 1990
Andy Romano ...  Bud Mullen 3 episodes, 1990
Tony Amendola 3 episodes, 1990
Jorge Cervera Jr. Jorge Cervera Jr. ...  Suarez 3 episodes, 1990
Valentin de Vargas ...  Valdez 3 episodes, 1990
Joaquín Martínez 3 episodes, 1990
Kenny Morrison Kenny Morrison ...  Enrique Camarena Jr 3 episodes, 1990
Treat Williams ...  Ray Carson 3 episodes, 1990
Craig T. Nelson ...  Harley Steinmetz 3 episodes, 1990
Walter Alamo Walter Alamo ...  Daniel Camarena 3 episodes, 1990
Gary Armagnac ...  Don Clements 3 episodes, 1990
Frank Avila Frank Avila ...  Lopez-Razon 3 episodes, 1990
Steven Barr Steven Barr ...  INS Cop 3 episodes, 1990
Ugo Bianchi Ugo Bianchi ...  Banker 3 episodes, 1990
Peggy Blow ...  Reporter 3 episodes, 1990
Art Bonilla ...  Federale at Airport 3 episodes, 1990
Bruce V. Caton Bruce V. Caton ...  Pilot 3 episodes, 1990
Dan Carruthers Dan Carruthers ...  Pilot 3 episodes, 1990
Rosalind Chao ...  Thanh Steinmetz 3 episodes, 1990
Katherine Cortez ...  Female Reporter #1 3 episodes, 1990
Gregory Cruz ...  Torres-Lepe 3 episodes, 1990
Hector Elias ...  Interrogator / ... 3 episodes, 1990
Roberto Estrada Roberto Estrada ...  Musician 3 episodes, 1990
Gary W. Farrell Gary W. Farrell ...  Pilot A-2 3 episodes, 1990
Fernando Garzón Fernando Garzón ...  Seguno Interrogator 3 episodes, 1990
Ramiro González Ramiro González ...  Muscle Man #2 3 episodes, 1990
Armando Guerrero Armando Guerrero ...  Pistolero 3 episodes, 1990
Ron Henriquez Ron Henriquez ...  Major Sabina 3 episodes, 1990
Aharon Ipalé ...  Atty. Gen. Ramirez 3 episodes, 1990
Freddie Jin Freddie Jin ...  Sparring Partner 3 episodes, 1990
James Karen ...  Aide 3 episodes, 1990
Tito Larriva ...  Himself / ... 3 episodes, 1990
Laura Leavitt Laura Leavitt ...  Pam Matson 3 episodes, 1990
Robert Lesser Robert Lesser ...  Varona's Lawyer 3 episodes, 1990
Frank Lugo Frank Lugo ...  Desk Sgt 3 episodes, 1990
Julio Medina Julio Medina ...  Benjamin Piza 3 episodes, 1990
Art Moroff Art Moroff ...  Well Muscled Man #2 3 episodes, 1990
Mike Moroff ...  El Samy Ramirez 3 episodes, 1990
Isidro Olace Isidro Olace ...  Vendor 3 episodes, 1990
Daniel Zacapa ...  Abel Reynoso 3 episodes, 1990
Rudy Prieto Rudy Prieto ...  Jalisco Policeman #1 3 episodes, 1990
Jeff Ramsey ...  Commando #3 3 episodes, 1990
Geoffrey Rivas ...  Pablo Seguno 3 episodes, 1990
Gilbert Rosales Gilbert Rosales ...  Commando #2 3 episodes, 1990
Thomas Rosales Jr. ...  Commando 3 episodes, 1990
Rick Sawaya ...  Commando #4 3 episodes, 1990
Rick Shuster ...  Helicopter Pilot / ... 3 episodes, 1990
Kenneth A. Simpson Kenneth A. Simpson ...  Pilot #3 3 episodes, 1990
Robert Symonds ...  Judge 3 episodes, 1990
Rob Sullivan Rob Sullivan ...  Jury Foreman 3 episodes, 1990
Adrian Tafoya Adrian Tafoya ...  Young Man 3 episodes, 1990
John Tayloe John Tayloe ...  U.S. Attorney 3 episodes, 1990
Mark Thomson Mark Thomson ...  Pilot 3 episodes, 1990
Danny Trejo ...  Gabriel 3 episodes, 1990
Dana Kristen Vahle Dana Kristen Vahle ...  Pilot A-3 #2 3 episodes, 1990
Robert Wethern Robert Wethern ...  Mexican Informant 3 episodes, 1990
Biff Yeager ...  FBI Forensics Man 3 episodes, 1990
Jim Zubiena ...  Craig 3 episodes, 1990
Simón Andreu ...  Portago Diaz 3 episodes, 1990
Tony Fields ...  Caesar 3 episodes, 1990
Rodrigo Obregón 3 episodes, 1990
Pepe Serna 3 episodes, 1990
Rob E. Angelino ...  Mexican Informant 3 episodes, 1990
Ethan Embry 3 episodes, 1990
Clayton Barclay Jones Clayton Barclay Jones ...  Nick Vaughan 3 episodes, 1990
Michael Medeiros ...  CIA 3 episodes, 1990
Jimmy Ortega ...  Jalisco Policeman #2 3 episodes, 1990
Aldo Sambrell 3 episodes, 1990
Gil Serna Gil Serna ...  Reporter #3 3 episodes, 1990
Christine Claravall Christine Claravall ...  Marianna Morello 1 episode, 1990
Ruben Amavizca Ruben Amavizca ...  Mexican Army Officer 1 episode, 1990
Ronald Fox Ronald Fox 1 episode, 1990
Tony Perez 1 episode, 1990
Ray Quiroga ...  FBI Agent 1 episode, 1990
Tom Brokaw ...  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

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Rated PG-13 for violence and drug content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drug Wars: The Camarena Story See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Tomas Milian and Tony Plana also appear in JFK (1991) and The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story (1994). See more »

Alternate Versions

Released in shorter form as a two-hour movie originally in Finland on VHS. The DVD version released later (in 2003) is the complete mini-series on 1 disc with the three episodes separately with initial opening and end credits. 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 mattamarSee 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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