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Running time
142 min.
United States United States
Stephen Gaghan (TV Series: Simon Moore)
Cliff Martinez
Steven Soderbergh
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USA Films / IEG Virtual Studios
Thriller. Drama | Drugs. Crime. Ensemble Film. Remake
Synopsis / Plot
The film tells three seemingly disparate stories that loosely intersect and overlap, unfurling at a frantic, relentless pace. In the first, a well-intentioned Mexican police officer, Javier Rodriguez Rodriguez (Benicio Del Toro), comes face-to-face with the hypocrisy and hopelessness of his situation after he learns that his superior, General Salazar (Tomas Milian), isn’t the law-abiding officer he claims to be. In the second, Robert Wakefield (Michael Douglas), a conservative Supreme Court judge from Ohio, takes a position as the presidents new drug czar. What he doesn’t realize is that his teenage daughter, Caroline (Erika Christensen), is falling prey to the dangerous narcotics that he has been hired to eradicate. In the third section, federal agents Montel Gordon (Don Cheadle) and Ray Castro (Luis Guzmán) are baby-sitting Eduardo Ruiz (Miguel Ferrer), a drug smuggler who is about to testify against the wealthy Carlos Ayala (Steven Bauer). When Ayalas pregnant wife, Helena (Catherine Zeta-Jones), learns of her husbands illegal activities, she takes her family’s future into her own hands.
2001: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Actor (Benicio Del Toro)
2001: Nominated for Cesar: Best Foreign Language Picture
2000: 4 Academy Awards, including Best Director and Supporting Actor. 5 Nominations
2000: 2 Golden Globes: Best Supporting Actor (Del Toro), Screenplay. 5 Nominations
2000: 2 Awards BAFTA: Best Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay. 4 Nominations
2000: National Board of Review. Best Director (Steven Soderbergh)
2000: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Film, Director & Supp. Actor (del Toro). 4 Nom.
2000: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Director
2000: 2 Awards from Festival Toronto: Best Actor (Benicio del Toro), Director
2000: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 Movies of the Year
2000: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Director & Screenplay Adaptation. 3 Nominations
2000: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Director & Supp. Actor (Del Toro). 6 Nom.
2000: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
2000: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Adapted Screenplay
2000: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Performance by a Cast & Actor (Del Toro)
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