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Unrated | | Drama, Crime | TV Mini-Series (1989)
The Hamburg police arrest an international businessman, charging him with smuggling heroin from Pakistan. While he's on trial, his trophy wife, a former Olympic swimmer, discovers steely ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Bill Paterson ...  Jack Lithgow 6 episodes, 1989
Lindsay Duncan ...  Helen Rosshalde 6 episodes, 1989
Fritz Müller-Scherz Fritz Müller-Scherz ...  Ulli 6 episodes, 1989
Jamal Shah Jamal Shah ...  Fazal 6 episodes, 1989
Talat Hussain Talat Hussain ...  Tariq Butt 6 episodes, 1989
Vincenzo Benestante Vincenzo Benestante ...  Domenquez 6 episodes, 1989
George Kukura George Kukura ...  Karl Rosshalde / ... 5 episodes, 1989
Ismat Shah Jahan Ismat Shah Jahan ...  Sabira 5 episodes, 1989
Raahi Raza Raahi Raza ...  Khushal 5 episodes, 1989
Roohi Raza Roohi Raza ...  Naseem 5 episodes, 1989
Julia Ormond ...  Caroline Lithgow 4 episodes, 1989
Linda Bassett ...  Rachel Lithgow 4 episodes, 1989
Peter Bourke Peter Bourke ...  Henderson 4 episodes, 1989
Tilo Prückner Tilo Prückner ...  Dieter 4 episodes, 1989
Peter Lakenmacher Peter Lakenmacher ...  Ledesert 4 episodes, 1989
Faryal Gohar Faryal Gohar ...  Roomana 4 episodes, 1989
Shelley Goldfarb Shelley Goldfarb ...  Lisa 4 episodes, 1989
Regina Pressler Regina Pressler ...  Public Prosecutor 4 episodes, 1989
Tony Mathews Tony Mathews ...  Wallace 3 episodes, 1989
Ronan Vibert ...  Lee 3 episodes, 1989
Rahat Kazmi ...  Dilshad 3 episodes, 1989
Sarah Mortimer Sarah Mortimer ...  Margaret 3 episodes, 1989
Jennifer Susan Hibbert Jennifer Susan Hibbert ...  Lotte 3 episodes, 1989
Anthony Pfriem Anthony Pfriem ...  Johann 3 episodes, 1989
Wolfgang Rau Wolfgang Rau ...  Werner 3 episodes, 1989
Utz Richter ...  Presiding Judge 3 episodes, 1989
Shabaz Durrani Shabaz Durrani ...  Lal / ... 3 episodes, 1989
Jonathan Docker-Drysdale Jonathan Docker-Drysdale ...  Lynch 2 episodes, 1989
Michael Bertenshaw Michael Bertenshaw ...  Tyler 2 episodes, 1989
Philip Middlemiss Philip Middlemiss ...  Tony 2 episodes, 1989
Sharron Bower Sharron Bower ...  Doctor 2 episodes, 1989
Behroze Sabzwari Behroze Sabzwari ...  Ghani 2 episodes, 1989
Willy Bartelsen Willy Bartelsen 2 episodes, 1989
Alex Leppard Alex Leppard 2 episodes, 1989
Holger Mahlich Holger Mahlich ...  Prulager 2 episodes, 1989
Bernard Adena Bernard Adena ...  Captain 2 episodes, 1989
Werner Schwuchow Werner Schwuchow ...  Kilmer 2 episodes, 1989
Saquib Sheikh Saquib Sheikh 2 episodes, 1989


The Hamburg police arrest an international businessman, charging him with smuggling heroin from Pakistan. While he's on trial, his trophy wife, a former Olympic swimmer, discovers steely ruthlessness within herself. In Pakistan, the British home minister tours the poppy-eradication project and returns to London to find that his daughter is a heroin addict. While trying to save her, and helped by a crusading attorney, he learns the limits of government policy. Fazal, a peasant burned off his land where he farmed poppies, goes to Karachi and works for Tarik Butt, a murderous drug lord. Fazal's frankness and sense of worth are his strength and his liability. Stories cross and collide. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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English | Urdu | German

Release Date:

22 April 1990 (USA) See more »

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Traffik See more »

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Remade as Traffic (2004) See more »


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much stronger than the remake
17 July 2001 | by xhari_nairxSee all my reviews

TRAFFIK, though released 11 years before the over-rated Hollywood remake, is still far more insightful and relevant about the world of drug traffic. This despite the fact that the remake is heralded as a breakthrough in how people view the drug war. I saw the remake first, and after seeing this miniseries by distaste for the latter film grew considerably. It isn't just that it's twice as long and has that much more time to cover the issue, although that obviously helps. The dialogue is more efficient and powerful (compare Jack Lithgow's final speech to Douglas' drippy final speech). The scope is also far greater (the remake chooses to replace the story about the Pakistani farmer with the story of the Mexican cop... so we get more cops). The films handling of the Pakistani characters is affective and moving and doesn't have the naive gimicks of the remake's handling of the Mexican characters (the cinematography, for example). The film even had the guts to point out that Pakistani heroin traders get money from the American government to fight Russians (although I admit it's far less risky for a British production to make that case than it would be for a Hollywood production).

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