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.

EXT. COLUMBUS, OHIO - DAY

The state capital of Ohio. It's an impressive building for

a city this size.

SUPERTITLE:
COLUMBUS, OHIO - STATE CAPITAL

INT. OHIO STATE SUPREME COURT - DAY

In chambers striving for august, JUSTICES listen to a lawyer

MR. RODMAN, argue his case before the highest court in Ohio.

Mr. Rodman enjoys the sound of his own voice.

MR. RODMAN

This informant, paid by the police,

using taxpayers dollars to continue

his felony drug habit, was the link

which allowed police to raid a private

farm. A working farm. A farm where

honest Americans make their living.

One particular justice, ROBERT WAKEFIELD, younger than the

others, is clearly bemused by this performance.

MR. RODMAN

The government, in its haste, has

employed an army of criminals whose

allegiance to the truth is, at

best, questionable --

Judge Wakefield interrupts --

ROBERT:

Mr. Rodman...it's too bad your client

didn't show as much sense in choosing

what he planted as he did in choosing

his attorney...

A polite chuckle from the justices --

ROBERT:

Lately the only variation I'm hearing

in your argument is the name of the

client. And you can sit there all

day arguing the ins and outs of

Illinois v. Gates, but you aren't

going to convince me that this country

has not sanctioned the use of

anonymous informants.

(beat)

Furthermore, there is no sacred

protection of property rights in the

United Sates. When you make the

decision to have marijuana on your

farm, whether it's one joint or an

acre of plants, your property can be

seized and your property can be sold.

MR. RODMAN

I'm sorry the court finds my argument

repetitious.

ROBERT:

Mr. Rodman, may I offer a piece of

advice? The next time you argue

this point before this court,

regardless of my whereabouts, I

recommend you have something up your

sleeve other than your arm.

INT. ROBERT'S CHAMBERS - DAY

The office is marble and dark wood. A young CLERK, black,

29, enters carrying an oddly-shaped gift. They both look at

it.

CLERK:

What do you think it is?

ROBERT:

Depends who it's from.

CLERK:

(reading the card)

Your friends at Warren, Putnam and

Hudson.

ROBERT:

You can learn a lot about somebody

from this stuff. Three categories:

you like me, you hate me, you want

something from me.

(re:
the elaborate

box)

Definitely third category.

CLERK:

What would a law firm want from the

new drug Czar?

ROBERT:

Depends on the state.

CLERK:

(checks)

Arizona.

ROBERT:

Medicinal marijuana initiative.

(beat)

Or am I being cynical?

They both laugh. Robert reaches up and pulls a bottle of

Scotch from a shelf. He pours a couple of fingers in two

glasses.

CLERK:

Maybe there's a book in it.

The clerk takes one of the glasses.

ROBERT:

Not by me.

They toast and drink.

EXT. COURTHOUSE - DAY

Robert exits, trailed by a small group of reporters. He

gets into a car being driven by two security TYPES.

INT. AIRPLANE - DAY

Robert sits in a business class window seat.

INT. HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

An expensive hotel. Robert Wakefield stands at the window,

looking at the view of our nation's capital.

SUPERTITLE:
WASHINGTON D.C.

ON THE TABLE:

The remnants of a meal. It was a steak and a small caesar

salad. The wine glass is half-empty.

ANOTHER ANGLE ON ROBERT

In front of the mirror now, trying on a dark, tasteful jacket.

CLOSER:

On Robert in the same position, only now we are in HIS HOME.

It's daytime, and his wife BARBARA is helping him into this

same jacket. As her hands dust the lint off his shoulders

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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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