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Traffic: Friday January  5, 2000

A contemporary thriller set in the world of drug trafficking, Traffic evokes the high-stakes, high-risk world of the drug trade. Told through a series of interrelated narratives, the stories range from the highly personal to those filled with intrigue and danger. A pair of undercover DEA agents (Don Cheadle and Luis Guzman) work in the sordid and dangerous world of San Diego dealers; a wealthy drug baron (Steven Bauer) living in upscale, suburban America is arrested and learns how quickly his unknowing and pampered wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) takes over his business; the U.S. president's new antidrug czar, an Ohio State Supreme Court Justice (Michael Douglas), must deal with his increasingly drug-addicted teenage daughter (Erika Christensen); and a Mexican policeman (Benicio Del Toro) finds himself caught in a web of corruption. -- © 2000 Gramercy Pictures 


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Ebert TV Guide Mr Showbiz Herald Average
Points 100 70 94 75 84.75


84.75 - Worth Seeing

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Rating System:

0 - 40 points

Not Worth Seeing
40 - 65 points  Go See At Matinee
65- 85 points Worth Seeing
85-100 points Definitely worth seeing. "A must see!"


Steven Soderbergh 


Stephen Gaghan 




$50 Million


Michael Douglas as Robert Wakefield 
Don Cheadle as Montel Gordon
Benicio Del Toro as Javier Rodriguez
Dennis Quaid as Arnie Metzger 
Catherine Zeta-Jones as Helena Ayala 
Luis Guzmán  as Ray Castro 
Steven Bauer as Carlos Ayala 
Benjamin Bratt as Juan Obregon 

Running Time

2 hrs 27 mins


Rated R for pervasive drug content, strong language, violence and some sexuality. 


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 The People's Review of Traffic  

score = 90
This is a great film and will certainly be nominated for major awards.  Many movie fans may be thrown off by directer Steve Soderbergh's excessive jump cutting technique.  Although this technique is tricky to catch on too, it is also what seperates this film from the abundance of average films.  Another feature that seperates this film from others is it's realism.  This realism may bother some people, which includes about 40% of the film being shot in subtitles for all the scenes that take place in Mexico.  The graphic use of drug content may also turn off some viewers, but it shows that this film is commited to diving into controversial topics that surround us everyday, yet it is something we don't want to talk about.  Benicio Del Toro gives a performance that is worthy of  nothing less than the oscar award for best actor.  Michael Douglas and the supporting cast of two detectives also give strong performances.  Traffic is truly a film that is worth seeing.  Sodenburgh strays from the traditional type of moneymaking film strategy (Erin Brokovich) to create a film that will be remembered as brilliant in the long run.

score = 90
Everyone should see this movie.  Just the filming aspects alone are wonderful-- jumping from each person's scene and situation, letting people observe how people of all different backrounds, classes, and positions in society, are affected and connected by drug trafficing.