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.


The moving van slows to a stop. Javi approaches. The DRIVER

unhurriedly rolls down the window.


Is there a problem?


No. There's no problem.

The driver hesitates a confused beat then reaches for his



Okay. I see. How much do you want?

The driver pulls a wad of bills. Javi shakes his head.


You want more than this?

Javi shakes his head. The driver exchanges a look with his



You want something else?

Javi smiles. The driver gets out and walks to the back of

the truck. He opens the rear door. There are neatly-stacked

crates marked with a SCORPION logo and "911." He reaches

into one of them and pulls out a tightly-sealed package also

with the scorpion stamped on it. He turns to see Javi with

his gun drawn.

Manolo, at the passenger side, has also drawn his gun and is

motioning the partner to move to the back of the truck.


Drop the package. Put your hands

behind your head. You're under


The driver hesitates. He starts to comply then looks at

Javi and Manolo.


I don't understand. I think there

must be some mistake.


No, there's no mistake.

Javi motions to Manolo who cuffs both teenagers. The driver

begins spewing OBSCENITIES under his breath. Javi puts the

driver in the front of the Shadow. Manolo follows in the

moving van.




The truck follows the Shadow down a desert road.

Suddenly, from behind, four armored SUV's with tinted windows

appear, closing fast.

The SUV's force both vehicles off the road where they pull

to a stop. A long beat as hot wind blows desert detritus

past the truck.

Finally, the SUV doors open and FEDERAL POLICE OFFICERS

surround them like a SWAT team.

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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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