Traffic script
Traffic (2000)
Synopsis: Traffic is a 2000 American crime drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen Gaghan. It explores the illegal drug trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a politician and a trafficker. Their stories are edited together throughout the film, although some of the characters do not meet each other. The film is an adaptation of the British Channel 4 television series Traffik.

WE MATCH CUT TO:

ROBERT:

In the hotel rooms, making the same motions. Satisfied, he

straightens, then turns to look at himself.

OMITTED:

ANGLE ON ROBERT:

Back at the hotel room window now. Reaches to the table and

lifts the wine glass.

CUT TO:

EXT. DIRT ROAD - DAY

This is the middle of nowhere. Scrub cactus and dust and a

heartless sun.

SUPERTITLE:
MEXICO - TWENTY MILES SOUTHWEST OF TIJUANA.

A broken down-looking Police Sedan is parked on the side of

the road. It seems abandoned except there are TWO MEN inside.

INT. POLICE SEDAN - DAY

Two Mexican men, State Police officers, JAVIER RODRIGUEZ,

30's, and MANUEL "MANOLO" SANCHEZ, 20's, wearing jeans, knock-

off Polo shirts, and cowboy boots, wait patiently in the

car.

JAVIER:

I had that dream again.

A long pause.

MANOLO:

Which one?

Another long pause.

JAVIER:

Where my mother's suffocating.

They continue to wait until there is the sound of a JET

ENGINE. It grows LOUDER as it approaches.

EXT. THE POLICE SEDAN - DAY

The shadow of a large plane crosses the desert floor. Then,

an old DC-3 flies fifty feet above the Police Sedan.

INT. POLICE SEDAN - DAY

They watch the plane disappear over a small rise in the

desert. They look at each other and wait some more.

EXT. MEXICAN DESERT - LATER

From the direction of the landing strip, a moving van lumbers

down the road, two TEENAGERS in the cab.

INT. POLICE SEDAN - DAY

Javi and Manolo watch the moving van approach. Javi reaches

under the seat and picks up a bubble flasher. He rolls down

the window and plants it on the roof. He flips the switch.

Nothing happens. He jiggles the wire and the siren BURPS

and the light flashes. Manolo and Javi step from the car,

smiling.

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Stephen Gaghan

Stephen Gaghan (born May 6, 1965) is an American screenwriter and director. He is noted for writing the screenplay for Steven Soderbergh's film Traffic, based on a Channel 4 series, for which he won the Academy Award, as well as Syriana which he wrote and directed. more…

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