(out of 5)

Steven Soderbergh has outdone himself with this grand epic about the multi-tiered drug industry in the United States. The script by Stephen Gaghan seamlessly ties together three stories about innocent people caught up in the criminal world of narcotic abuse:  has recently been appointed as drug czar of the US government, only to find out along with his wife () that his daughter is an addict;  is a Mexican cop who stumbles upon an operation that threatens his and his colleagues’ safety;  is a wealthy pregnant housewife who finds out her husband () is not the honest businessman she thought he was but one of the biggest drug smugglers on the continent. Uniformly impeccable performances by all from the biggest to the small, with Del Toro standing out as the most amazing of them all (for most of us the movie is all about him!).

Germany/USA, 2000

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the miniseries Traffik by

Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by 

Film Festivals:  Berlin 2001

The Criterion Collection

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Academy Awards
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Benicio Del Toro as “Javier Rodriguez”)
Best Directing (Steven Soderbergh)
Best Film Editing (Stephen Mirrione)
Best Writing (Screenplay based on Material Previously Produced or Published) (Stephen Gaghan)

Best Picture (Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Laura Bickford, producers)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Benicio del Toro)
Best Screenplay (Stephen Gaghan)

Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Catherine Zeta-Jones)
Best Director (Steven Soderbergh)

New York Film Critics Awards
Best Film
Best Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro)
Best Director (Steven Soderbergh)

Best Actor (Benicio Del Toro)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Director (Steven Soderbergh)

Best Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro)
Best Cinematography (Steven Soderbergh)

National Society of Film Critics Awards
Best Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro)
Best Director (Steven Soderbergh)

Best Film
Best Screenplay (Stephen Gaghan)
Best Cinematography (Steven Soderbergh)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Director (Steven Soderbergh)
Top Ten Films

Berlin Film Festival Award
Silver Berlin Bear-Best Actor (Benicio Del Toro)

Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Benicio Del Toro)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Writers Guild Award
Best Adapted Screenplay

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Steven Soderbergh)

British Academy Awards
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Benicio Del Toro)
Best Screenplay – Adapted

Best Editing
David Lean Award for Direction (Steven Soderbergh)

Cesar Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film

Toronto Film Critics Awards
Best Director (Steven Soderbergh)
Best Performance, Male (Benicio Del Toro)

Best Picture

Boston Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Director (Steven Soderbergh)