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Catherine Zeta-Jones in Traffic. © Gramercy Pictures

 

 

 

Traffic started life as Traffik, a 1989 mega-mini-series following the heroin trail from Pakistan through Germany and into the UK. It was brutal, it was gruelling and it was a cracker. The decision to remake it as a leg-knotting 2hr 20 min single film, and transfer the action to Mexico and the US, delivers an extra hit, a political one. After all, the US government advocates free trade and the pursuit of happiness as unalienable principles while at the same time banning the importation and enjoyment of drugs. It’s this fault line that Traffic patrols, as it follows four interwoven stories: the drugs czar (Michael Douglas) with the addict daughter; the feds trying to bust a dealer; the wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) taking up the reins of her husband’s trafficking business; and the decent Mexican cop (Benicio Del Toro) falling foul of the drugs barons. No one comes out smelling of roses, or poppies for that matter, in a masterfully shot film that doesn’t finger-wag, preferring an it’s-all-a-mess shrug. Result: both sides of the drugs debate count director Steven Soderbergh as one of their own. Two-way Traffic, I suppose.

 

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imdb poster Traffic
Traffic (2000)
Run time: 147 min
Rating: 7.7
Genres: Crime | Drama | Thriller
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writers: Simon Moore, Stephen Gaghan
Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Jacob Vargas, Michael Douglas
Trivia: A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America’s escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is an addict.
Storyline A modern day look at America’s war on drugs told through four separate stories that are connected in one way or another. A conservative judge who’s just been appointed as the US drug czar learns that his teenage honor student daughter is a drug addict. A beautiful trophy wife struggles to save her wealthy husband’s drug business, while two DEA agents protect a witness with inside knowledge of the spouse’s business. In Mexico, a slightly corrupt, yet dedicated cop struggles with his conscience when he learns that his new boss may not be the anti-drug official he made himself out to be. Written by <MonkeyKingMA@aol.com>
Plot Keywords: drugs, judge, teenage daughter, witness, drug addict
Box Office Budget: $48,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: £1,245,665 (UK) (26 January 2001)
Gross: $124,107,476 (USA) (6 July 2001)