Traffic: The Shooting Script

Traffic: The Shooting Script

by Steven Gaghan, Steven Soderbergh
     
 

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In the acclaimed Newmarket Shooting Script series format comes the complete script by Stephen Gaghan (Rules of Engagement) of the new film directed by Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, Out of Sight), a contemporary thriller set in the world of drug trafficking, starring an ensemble cast that includes Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Albert Finney,

Overview

In the acclaimed Newmarket Shooting Script series format comes the complete script by Stephen Gaghan (Rules of Engagement) of the new film directed by Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, Out of Sight), a contemporary thriller set in the world of drug trafficking, starring an ensemble cast that includes Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Albert Finney, Luis Guzman, Dennis Quaid, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

From a border policeman in Mexico caught in a web of corruption, to the conservative judge appointed by the President as the new anti-drug czar, to undercover DEA agents fighting a drug cartel, to the wife of a drug baron and the judge's drug-addicted teenage daughter, Traffic evokes the high stakes and high risks of the drug trade, as seen through a series of interrelated stories, some of which are highly personal and some of which are filled with intrigue and danger.

The book includes the complete shooting script, an introduction by director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Stephen Gaghan, movie stills, and complete credits.

Editorial Reviews

Karen Durbin
Soderbergh hits a new high....A classic American-issues movie, in the tradition of Gentleman's Agreement or Bad Day at Black Rock. —Elle
Library Journal
Emmy Award-winning writer Gaghan recently added another trophy to his mantel with his Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for Traffic. The amorphous and morally ambivalent North American drug trade is the tapestry into which three seemingly disconnected stories are woven, involving Mexican border police, the new U.S. drug czar and his teenage daughter, and dedicated DEA agents. Drugs taint everyone, and no character escapes unscathed. Director Steven Soderbergh, who contributes to the introduction, is the frontrunner for the director's Oscar; he's nominated for both Traffic and Erin Brockovich. Production stills and cast and crew production credits are provided. With its significant box office appeal, treatment of large cultural issues, and awards attention (it's nominated for a total of four Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay), this belongs in all popular film collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557044785
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Series:
Shooting Script Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.16(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Gaghan wrote the screenplay for Rules of Engagement and teleplays for TV's The Practice, American Gothic, and NYPD Blue, for which he won the 1997 Emmy for Best Dramatic Writing. His short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review. He lives in Los Angeles.

Steven Soderbergh also directed Eric Brockovich, Out of Sight, Gray's Anatomy, The Limey, Schizopolis, The Underneath, King of the Hill, Kafka, and Sex, Lies, and Videotape for which he won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Soderbergh's Out of Sight received Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing.

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