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Encyclopedia > Traffic (2000 movie)

Traffic is a film directed by Steven Soderbergh that explores the intricacies of the illegal drug trade from a number of perspectives: user, enforcer, politician and trafficker.


The three main intersecting plot lines center around characters played by Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. There is a large supporting ensemble cast. Harrison Ford was originally sought for the film, but he turned down the opportunity in favour of starring in K-19: The Widowmaker: a decision described by the magazine Total Film as the 5th "dumbest decision in movie history".


Based loosely around the British Channel 4 television series Traffik, the film avoids sanctimony and was responsible for renewed discussion of drug issues in the United States. In 2004, USA Network ran a miniseries — also called Traffic — based on the movie.


Soderbergh won an Academy Award for Directing for the film. Del Toro won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor despite the fact that most of his dialogue was in Spanish.


Principal Supporting Cast


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Traffic (2000 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (218 words)
Traffic is a film directed by Steven Soderbergh that explores the intricacies of the illegal drug trade from a number of perspectives: user, enforcer, politician and trafficker.
Harrison Ford was originally sought for the film, but he turned down the opportunity in favour of starring in K-19: The Widowmaker: a decision described by the magazine Total Film as the 5th "dumbest decision in movie history".
Based loosely around the British Channel 4 television series Traffik, the film avoids sanctimony and was responsible for renewed discussion of drug issues in the United States.
Traffic. A Hollywood Jesus Movie Review (2698 words)
Traffic had an amazing cast of actors who all should all be recognized for their work in bringing the world of drugs, which so often those of us who live in suburbs or who are not directly affected by drugs ignore, to vivid life.
Traffic is a gritty movie that employs many different techniques to convey the imagery and the feelings of the drug world.
In the end the characters and incidents in the movie question the impact the efforts of the DEA and other drug enforcement agencies are having in the war on drugs.
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