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A three-part miniseries that offers a look into the world of trafficking, where drugs, weapons, and even people are traded all over the world. Here, the lives of three Seattle-based men ... See full summary »




Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Complete series cast summary:
Ritchie Coster ...  Fazal 3 episodes
Nelson Lee ...  Ronny Cho 3 episodes
Tony Musante ...  Alex Edmonds 3 episodes
Justin Chatwin ...  Tyler McKay 3 episodes
Belinda Metz ...  Shannon Isler 3 episodes
Brian George ...  Kahn 3 episodes
Jennifer Rae Westley Jennifer Rae Westley ...  Angie 3 episodes
Eden Rountree ...  Chloe 3 episodes
Duncan Fraser ...  Wayne Frazier 3 episodes
Katia Khatchadourian ...  Zula 3 episodes
Tygh Runyan ...  Dale 3 episodes
Paul Anthony ...  Crewman 3 episodes
Amanda Tapping ...  Home Owners Wife 3 episodes
Christopher Shyer ...  Home Owner 3 episodes
A.C. Peterson ...  Yuri 3 episodes
Dean Wray ...  Clyde 3 episodes
Malik McCall ...  DEA Supervisor 3 episodes
Ron Blecker ...  US Special Op 3 episodes
Muhammad Nasir Nawabi Muhammad Nasir Nawabi ...  Afghan Kidnap Leader 3 episodes
Parm Soor ...  Walid 3 episodes
Tyler McClendon ...  Ben's Partner 3 episodes
Zook Matthews Zook Matthews ...  Man in Rowboat 3 episodes
Cedric De Souza ...  Cleaner 3 episodes
Glen Gould ...  Dispatcher 3 episodes
Greg Anderson ...  Shipping Agent 3 episodes
Stephen Spender Stephen Spender ...  US Officer 3 episodes
Bill Mondy ...  DEA Agent #1 3 episodes
John Cassini ...  DEA Agent #2 3 episodes
Cliff Curtis ...  Adam Kadyrov 3 episodes
Bobby Stewart Bobby Stewart ...  Alarm Guy #1 3 episodes
Martin Donovan ...  Brent Delaney 3 episodes
Aurelio DiNunzio Aurelio DiNunzio ...  Alarm Guy #2 3 episodes
Balthazar Getty ...  Ben Edmonds 3 episodes
Elias Koteas ...  Mike McKay 3 episodes
Scott Owen Scott Owen ...  Sedan Guy 3 episodes
Mary McCormack ...  Carole McKay 3 episodes
Brian Drummond ...  Cop 3 episodes
Kevan Ohtsji ...  Barman 3 episodes
Abdullah Amini Abdullah Amini ...  Arms Dealer 3 episodes
Audra Ricketts Audra Ricketts ...  Drug Dealer 3 episodes
Stephen Johnson Stephen Johnson ...  Search & Rescue Diver 3 episodes
Jason Dhaliwal Jason Dhaliwal ...  Patel's Son 3 episodes
Sean Campbell ...  Hospital Cop 3 episodes
Nicholas W. von Zill Nicholas W. von Zill ...  Smuggler Captain 3 episodes
Apollonia Vanova ...  Morgue Woman 3 episodes
Yaroslav Poverlo ...  Morgue Man 3 episodes
Moneca Delain ...  Wine Waitress 3 episodes
Zak Santiago ...  Carole's Agent 3 episodes
Rhys Lloyd Rhys Lloyd ...  Paramedic 3 episodes
Andrew Johnston ...  Site Supervisor 3 episodes
Ty Olsson ...  Buddy / ... 3 episodes
Scott Heindl ...  DEA Supervisor #2 3 episodes
Marcus Hondro ...  Illegal Man 3 episodes
Joanna Piros Joanna Piros ...  Reporter 3 episodes
Ahmad Sharmrou Ahmad Sharmrou ...  Liquor Store Clerk 3 episodes
Dagmar Midcap Dagmar Midcap ...  Anchor Woman 3 episodes
Catherine Lough Haggquist ...  Building Manager 3 episodes
Michael J Rogers ...  Ben's Lawyer 3 episodes


A three-part miniseries that offers a look into the world of trafficking, where drugs, weapons, and even people are traded all over the world. Here, the lives of three Seattle-based men become intertwined...until they're all in over their heads. Written by Anonymous

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Drugs were just the beginning.


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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USA Network [United States]


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Release Date:

26 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Traffic: The Miniseries See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Galway Bay Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Alternate Versions

In the unrated DVD Angie's topless scene was re-shot at different angles revealing more of her breasts than what was visible in the original broadcast on the USA Cable Network. See more »


Spun-off from Traffic (2000) See more »


We've Got Desire
Written by Thaddeus Turner, Reginald Watts, David Martin, Kevin Goldman, Daniel Spils
Performed by Maktub
Courtesy of Velour Records
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Compelling viewing despite being somewhat flawed
29 January 2004 | by Eric-1226See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the new made-for-TV miniseries "Traffic". It's important to note that this was roughly based on another miniseries called "Traffik" (spelled with a 'k'), made in 1989 by the BBC. I liked that one immensely, it is easily one of the best movies I've ever seen. But I would still rate this new effort as way above average.

The story is compelling viewing, mainly because it hits so close to home - literally and figuratively. The movie is roughly organized around two main scenarios: one involves the illegal smuggling into the United States - by way of the commercial seaport of Seattle, Washington - of cargos of illegal immigrants; the other deals with a terrorist-organized shipment of smallpox, meant to wipe out huge masses of population in the U.S. In a post 9-11 world it's the kind of story that ought to make one sit up and take note.

Both stories grab your attention: both are dark and tragic enough to really make you feel empathy towards all involved. I found myself really caring about the fates of each of the main characters, I anxiously awaited the following episodes, and was willing to tune in for three nights consecutively - something I don't often do with made-for-TV stuff nowadays.

I couldn't help but note a few flaws, probably because I was subconsciously comparing this film with the aforementioned "Traffik", the BBC miniseries of 1989, which was generally a superior film. I felt this current miniseries got a bit too melodramatic and sensationalistic here and there, and it seemed that characters were doing things that seemed too contrived for reality. (Made-for-TV says it all!). Another distraction was the fact that the seaport in the story was purportedly supposed to be Seattle, Washington. Well, it turns out the whole thing was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Since I'm from Seattle and know what my city looks like, I had a good chuckle out of watching the film trying to pass off Vancouver as Seattle.

But these flaws are minor and largely cosmetic compared to the real gist of the film, which is essentially the dark and seamy nature of the "trafficking" which the movie addresses: the smuggling of illegal immigrants is a reality, as is the threat of terrorists using shipping containers to smuggle in WMD's. (A couple of years ago here in Seattle, customs inspectors found a freight van on board a cargo ship that had about 15 dead Chinese illegals in it. Seems they didn't survive the trip across the Pacific. So the human smuggling that is depicted in the movie is a real issue and is based on actual events.)

If you get a chance, watch this miniseries (hopefully it will be out on DVD or videocassette someday). I also heartily recommend that you find a copy of the aforementioned BBC miniseries "Traffik". Both films cover serious issues that, in this day and age - especially post 9-11 - are impossible to ignore.

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