• Traffic (2001)

Traffic

Release Date: January 5th, 2001

DVD Release Date: May 29th, 2001

R |2 hr 27 min

Plot Summary

A contemporary thriller set in the world of drug trafficking. 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.

Cast: Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Luis Guzmán, Dennis Quaid, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Steven Bauer, Benjamin Bratt

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Initial Entertainment Group, USA Films, Bedford Falls Productions, Compulsion Inc.

Distributors: Criterion Collection, USA Films

Keywords: Daughter, Pursuit, Quest, Investigation, Gritty, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    It's a thriller that really thrills, a drama that really engages, a portrait of a world and system out of joint that is painfully convincing and totally engrossing from the first simmering minute to the last explosive second. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Soderbergh's story, from a screenplay by Stephen Gaghan, cuts between these characters so smoothly that even a fairly complex scenario remains clear and charged with tension. show more

  • 94
    Kevin MaynardMr. Showbiz

    Traffic is a riveting, semi-documentary drama, and yet calling it that is a disservice to just how suspenseful and stylish an entertainment it is. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Winner Film Editing
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001)
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2001)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2001)
Nominated Best Foreign Film
Amandaprisen (2001)
Winner Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001)
Winner Directing
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001)
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2001)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama