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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Javier Rodriguez
... Manolo Sanchez
Andrew Chavez ... Desert Truck Driver
... Desert Truck Driver
... General Arturo Salazar
... Salazar Soldier / The Torturer
... Salazar Soldier #2
... Lawyer Rodman
... Robert Wakefield
... Clerk
Lorene Hetherington ... State Capitol Reporter #1
Eric Collins ... State Capitol Reporter #2
... DEA Agent - CalTrans
Peter Stader ... DEA Agent - CalTrans
... 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 heroin-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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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 USA:

$184,725, 27 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$124,115,725

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$207,515,725
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Benicio Del Toro would later give another acclaimed performance in Sicario (2015), which also focuses on the Mexican drug war. See more »

Goofs

The last name of actor Peter Riegert is spelled two different ways in the credits. The first time it appears on screen at the end of the movie it's Reigert, which is wrong. The second time, Riegert, is right. 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

F****d up Bowman: Corey Spears See more »

Connections

Referenced in Round Up: Deposing 'The Usual Suspects' (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Give The Po' Man A Break
Written by Fatboy Slim (as Norman Cook)
Performed by Fatboy Slim
Courtesy of Astralwerks Records
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All you could ask for.
28 January 2001 | by 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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