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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 ... See full summary »




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Tony Musante ...  Alex Edmonds 3 episodes
Justin Chatwin ...  Tyler McKay 3 episodes
Belinda Metz ...  Shannon Isler 3 episodes
Brian George ...  Kahn 3 episodes
Jennifer Rae Westley Jennifer Rae Westley ...  Angie 3 episodes
Eden Rountree ...  Chloe 3 episodes
Duncan Fraser ...  Wayne Frazier 3 episodes
Katia Khatchadourian ...  Zula 3 episodes
Tygh Runyan ...  Dale 3 episodes
Paul Anthony ...  Crewman 3 episodes
Amanda Tapping ...  Home Owners Wife 3 episodes
Christopher Shyer ...  Home Owner 3 episodes
A.C. Peterson ...  Yuri 3 episodes
Dean Wray ...  Clyde 3 episodes
Malik McCall ...  DEA Supervisor 3 episodes
Ron Blecker ...  US Special Op 3 episodes
Muhammad Nasir Nawabi Muhammad Nasir Nawabi ...  Afghan Kidnap Leader 3 episodes
Parm Soor ...  Walid 3 episodes
Tyler McClendon ...  Ben's Partner 3 episodes
Zook Matthews Zook Matthews ...  Man in Rowboat 3 episodes
Cedric De Souza ...  Cleaner 3 episodes
Glen Gould ...  Dispatcher 3 episodes
Greg Anderson ...  Shipping Agent 3 episodes
Stephen Spender Stephen Spender ...  US Officer 3 episodes
Bill Mondy ...  DEA Agent #1 3 episodes
John Cassini ...  DEA Agent #2 3 episodes
Cliff Curtis ...  Adam Kadyrov 3 episodes
Bobby Stewart ...  Alarm Guy #1 3 episodes
Martin Donovan ...  Brent Delaney 3 episodes
Aurelio DiNunzio Aurelio DiNunzio ...  Alarm Guy #2 3 episodes
Balthazar Getty ...  Ben Edmonds 3 episodes
Elias Koteas ...  Mike McKay 3 episodes
Scott Owen Scott Owen ...  Sedan Guy 3 episodes
Mary McCormack ...  Carole McKay 3 episodes
Brian Drummond ...  Cop 3 episodes
Kevan Ohtsji ...  Barman 3 episodes
Abdullah Amini Abdullah Amini ...  Arms Dealer 3 episodes
Audra Ricketts Audra Ricketts ...  Drug Dealer 3 episodes
Stephen Johnson Stephen Johnson ...  Search & Rescue Diver 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.


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

26 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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Traffic: The Miniseries See more »


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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Galway Bay Productions See more »
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16 : 9
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In the unrated DVD Angie's topless scene was re-shot at different angles revealing more of her breasts than what was visible in the original broadcast on the USA Cable Network. See more »


Remake of Traffik (1989) See more »


Written by Frankie Blue
Performed by Nick Frost
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Potentially fine series, chopped up by amateurs
28 January 2004 | by smokehill retrieversSee all my reviews

I did enjoy most of the mini-series, though the overseas "DEA Cowboy" seQuences were just the usual Hollywood schlock, bearing no resemblance to overseas drug or other covert ops. I expect a bit of hokiness, but this was definitely in extremis and could have benefited from at least come consultant who had been there. At least then these characters could tell the difference between heroin and raw opium: the product they keep calling "heroin" in Afghanistan is obviously opium, which is indeed grown there but NEVER processed into heroin there.

I'd probably have given this flick a good solid 8 as a pure action-adventure flick if it weren't for the abominable hack job obviously done to fit it into some magical six-hour block. Story arcs flew, and ended, at random, leaving bizarre loose ends all over the place. Obviously the junkie and the Tongs have some tie-in (as leverage for the DEA guy) that disappears entirely. And what really happens to "Ronnie?" Balthazar Getty obviously doesn't know, yet the Chechen basically kidnaps him, which will get him zilch, and then .....?? Ambiguity in endings is often fine, and this could have stood some, but this move just suddenly ended for no apparent reason. Obviously this was not for some artistic reason, it was just hacked to death by some idiot in one Hell of a hurry to make things fit. I think it's the most incompetent job of cutting I've ever seen anywhere, and it truly p***ed me off. This could have been a very good series if they'd given it the extra half hour it needed to sort out the subplots.

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