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Traffik (1989)

Cast: Bill Paterson, Bill Paterson, Julia Ormond, more...
Director: Alastair Reid, Alistair Reid, Alistair Reid, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Acorn Media
Genre: Foreign, Television, British TV, Germany, Classic Crime, Crime, Classic Crime, Crime TV, UK, Crime TV, Crime TV, Miniseries
Languages: English
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This four-hour, six-episode British miniseries, broadcast on Channel 4 in 1989 and in America on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre in 1990, provided the basis for Traffic, Steven Soderbergh's 2000 Oscar winner. Though Soderbergh and screenwriter Stephen Gaghan borrowed much of their plot and structure from the original, Traffik focuses on the European drug trade instead of the American one and utilizes England, Germany, and Pakistan as its major settings. One of the three primary plot strands involves Jack Lithgow (Bill Paterson), a member of the British Parliament, who discovers that his daughter, Caroline (Julia Ormond), is a heroin addict despite the fact that he leads the country's Drug Abuse Committee. In a parallel story line, Helen Rosshalde (Lindsay Duncan), the British wife of German drug smuggler Karl Rosshalde (George Kukura), must take over her husband's illegal operations after an associate turns state's evidence and Karl goes on trial. In the third interwoven segment, and the one that diverges the farthest from the plot of the American film, Pakistani poppy farmer Fazel (Jamal Shah) ingratiates himself to drug overlord Tariq Butt (Talat Hussain) in order to support his family after the Pakistani government, at the insistence of Lithgow and other British officials, cracks down on the subsistence-level farmers who supply the heroin trade with its raw materials. ~ Brian J. Dillard, All Movie Guide

This disc contains Parts 1 through 3.

GreenCine Member Ratings

Traffik (Disc 1 of 2) (1989)
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7.45 (69 votes)
Traffik (Disc 2 of 2) (1989)
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7.74 (61 votes)

GreenCine Member Reviews

excellent "t.v." mini series from the folks at channel 4. by psychodrama311 June 30, 2003 - 6:42 PM PDT
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
calling this movie.. a tv mini series.. although true.. cut's away the purity of this film. this is a brilliant movie filmed a little more than 10 years before soderbergh's "traffic".. the three storylines weave together brilliantly.. although the cast from "traffic" is far better.. i found the acting to be far more..gritty.. more realistic.

terriffic film to understand narcotics by psychodrama311 June 30, 2003 - 6:37 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
superior to the american version in every way except the acting part (del toro, quaid, douglas, christenson, cheadle..hard to beat that cast).. but the script and the storyline is much more true to form. a great mini series...

Excellent series by ECastelli February 21, 2003 - 6:46 PM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Loved the performances, and the Pakistani storyline that makes this different from the later film version by Soderbergh. Highly recommmened.

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