Director: Steven Soderbergh Cast: Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro

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Those not interested in paying more for the superb Criterion edition of Steven Soderbergh's award-winning Traffic can satisfy themselves with this release from Universal. The disc offers widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 (just like in theaters) and Dolby Digital Surround (a mix that was created specifically to be listened to at a lower volume). English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette, trailers, a photo gallery, and television promotional materials. The Criterion edition is superior, but those looking for a more affordable alternative are sure to be happy with this title.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/25/2002
UPC: 0025192229923
Original Release: 2000
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:27:00
Sales rank: 25,501

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailers; TV spots; Behind the scenes; "Inside Traffic"; Photo gallery; Widescreen 16x9; Dolby Digital English 5.1; Dolby Digital English 2.0; French & Spanish subtitled; English SDH; Dual-layered; Aspect ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas Robert Wakefield
Don Cheadle Montel Gordon
Benicio Del Toro Javier Rodriguez
Luis Guzman Ray Castro
Dennis Quaid Arnie Metzger
Catherine Zeta-Jones Helena Ayala
Erika Christensen Caroline Wakefield
Steven Bauer Carlos Ayala
Benjamin Bratt Juan Obregon
James Brolin Ralph Landry
Clifton Collins Francisco Flores
Miguel Ferrer Eduardo Ruiz
Albert Finney Chief of Staff
Topher Grace Seth Abrahms
Amy Irving Barbara Wakefield
Tomas Milian Arturo Salazar
D.W. Moffett Jeff Sheridan
Marisol Padilla Sanchez Ana Sanchez
Peter Riegert Attorney Michael Adler
Jacob Vargas Manolo Sanchez
Rena Sofer Helena's Friend
Mario Roberts DEA Agent (Public Storage)
Viola Davis Actor
Michael Showers Actor
Stephen Dunham Actor

Technical Credits
Steven Soderbergh Director
Peter Andrews Cinematographer
Greg Berry Set Decoration/Design
Laura Bickford Producer
Keith P. Cunningham Art Director
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Gaghan Screenwriter
Marshall Herskovitz Producer
Greg Jacobs Asst. Director
Cameron Jones Executive Producer
Graham King Executive Producer
Andreas Klein Executive Producer
Paul Ledford Sound/Sound Designer
Cliff Martinez Score Composer
Philip Messina Production Designer
Stephen Mirrione Editor
Mike Newell Executive Producer
Maya Shimoguchi Set Decoration/Design
Richard Solomon Executive Producer
Barbara Ann Spencer Set Decoration/Design
Tim Golden Consultant/advisor
Tim Golden Consultant/advisor
Debra Zane Casting
Edward Zwick Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Javier and Manolo Make a Bust
2. General Salazar
3. Robert Leaves Ohio
4. Ray and Monte Meet Eddie Ruiz
5. Caroline and Seth After School
6. Helena Lunches With Friends
7. Robert Briefed in Washington
8. General Landry
9. Javi and the Tourists
10. Robert at a Georgetown Party
11. Visiting Ruiz in the Hospital
12. Carl Is Arrested
13. Salazar Asks Javier for Help
14. Robert Back at Home in Ohio
15. Arnie Metzger Briefs Helena
16. Javier Picks up Frankie Flowers
17. Caroline at a Party
18. Frankie's Interrogation
19. Arnie Explains Carl's Business
20. Caroline at Jail
21. Robert and Barbara Question Caroline
22. Salazar Plays "Good Cop" to Frankie
23. Bail Is Denied
24. Ruiz Gives a Statement
25. Salazar Eats Dinner With Frankie
26. Obregón Cartel Is Hit by Arrests
27. Robert Inspects the Border
28. "Tell Me What to Do"
29. Caroline and Seth Score Drugs
30. Helena Is Threatened at the Beach
31. Ana Is Looking for Manolo
32. Robert Gets a Tour of Epic
33. Robert Talks to His Staff "Out of the Box"
34. Helena Asks Arnie for Money
35. Manolo Sees the Scorpion
36. Robert and Barbara Argue in the Car
37. Robert Catches Caroline
38. The Pool Scene
39. Helena Makes Lemonade for Ray and Monte
40. Caroline in Rehab
41. Helena Puts the Pieces Together
42. Robert Visits Salazar in Mexico City
43. Ruiz Visits His New Home; Testimony
44. Helena Meets With Frankie
45. Caroline Escapes Rehab
46. Ana Is Worried About Manolo
47. Robert Looking for Caroline (Day)
48. Caroline Pays for Her Drugs
49. Ruiz Escorted to Court; Frankie Is Sighted
50. Frankie Stalks Ruiz
51. Manolo in San Diego
52. Two Graves in the Desert
53. Robert Looking for Caroline (Night)
54. Javier Comforts Ana
55. Helena Makes a Deal With Juan Obregón
56. Javier Goes on the Wire
57. Monte at the Funeral
58. Sheridan Calls Robert About Salazar
59. Robert Takes Seth on a "Field Trip"
60. Robert Meets Caroline's Dealer
61. Javier Talks to Ana About Manolo
62. Robert Follows Seth
63. Eddie Ruiz's "Big Day"
64. Javier Makes Another Bust in the Desert
65. Robert's White House Press Conference
66. Carl Talks With Arnie; Monte Comes Over
67. "We're Here to Listen;" Night Baseball
68. End Titles

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Traffic 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing movie. The cinematography, storyline, and acting were great. This was the first lifelike look on the war on drugs I've ever seen. It puts the audience in the movie. This definetely should have won Best Picture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Traffic is little more than an overhyped docu-drama presenting no new issues that any moderately educated person wouldn't already know about concerning the illegal drug market just by reading the paper or watching the news. Urban street low-lifes who sell crack to rich sub-urbanites; rigid drug czars who think that militarizing police departments and expanding the penal system are good ways of battling drugs; corrupt businessmen in the 'coffee business' whose wives are so busy shopping with the illegal dinero that they don't care what business their husbands are in; and, finally corrupt police chiefs and generalisimos who are more than happy in giving directions or giving rides to desert 'coyotes' to help them get around the U.S. Border Patrol. So, in the end one must ask: what's the point of this movie? It neither educates or entertains. Those two elements usually result in one conclusion: boredom. Over 2 hours of predictable snail-paced plots about things people have already seen on countless episodes of Miami Vice, Cops, and Law and Order, to name a few. This movie was made twenty years too late! As a matter of fact; since these problems were already manifest in the 60s, maybe it was made 40 years too late. Save your money and time: rent it if you must. It may interest you if you have no clue as to drug related crimes or drug culture. As I've said though, any person with with a minimal education will find this movie to be a dull rehash of an old story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a great look at the questions surrounding OUR drug problems. It doesn't offer any substancial answers, however, it presents the catch 22 of the situation very well. I was a skeptic about going to another drug related film (been there, done that) but this is worth seeing. Great direction and acting make it a five star feature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Soderbergh's best movie on a political subject. This movie encapsulates everything in the drug culture, where each other's paths sometimes cross. Benicio del Toro does an excellent supporting cast as Rodriguez, a moralistic but poor Mexican agent. Shows the ultimate endless grief of fighting the Drug Wars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now, I don't want to speculate, but compared to other crime films, this one is by far the best. The other crime films are great, but they are lacking something . . . emotion. Traffic shows the emotion of not one side, but many. The directing was awsome(and it deserved it's oscar), but I was caught by the overthetop acting. There are so many stars in this movie, but the leading cast always gets credit, I think the true acting comes from the supporting cast. Topher Grace was excellent, his speech to Michael Douglas was one of the best scenes in the movie, and Erica Christiansen was chilling in her portrayal. This movie is worth renting( if not buying), so see it, it will change your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had heard alot about Traffic and I thought i would give it a try. I could not pull myself away from the T.V. I love the way the movie was done, the acting was very real, and it had a very real depth to it. It is awesome to watch a movie that deals with current issues in out world today instead of the same old boring epics that always turn out the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Traffic is a sublime masterpeice of narrative-focussed cinematography. The characters are gritty and real, but this film transcends the level of actors and characters, delivering a compelling and interwoven story of different individuals roles in the drug trade. The editing is almost uniquely artistic and the cinematography evokes the feel of a documentary but is simultaneously far more beautiful. This film is in a league of its own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago