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Drug Wars: The Camarena Story

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Director  Brian Gibson
Duration  
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama
Language  English
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Release date  January 7, 1990 (1990-01-07)
Screenplay  Michael Mann, Ann Powell, Christopher Canaan, Elaine Shannon, Mel Frohman, Rose Schacht
Nominations  Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Cast  Steven Bauer (Enrique Kiki Camarena), Elizabeth Peña (Mika Camarena), Miguel Ferrer (Tony Riva), Benicio del Toro (Caro Quintero)
Similar movies  Michael Mann wrote the screenplay for Drug Wars: The Camarena Story and was an executive producer for Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel
Tagline  His Death Ignited A War America Can't Win

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Drug Wars: The Camarena Story is a 1990 TV mini-series based on Elaine Shannon’s book Desperados and the Time magazine article of the same name. It was directed by Brian Gibson and starred Steven Bauer, Miguel Ferrer, Benicio del Toro, Treat Williams and Craig T. Nelson. It was the second most watched NBC mini-series of the year following The Kennedys and was followed up in 1992 with Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel starring Dennis Farina.

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Plot

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Fact-based story of undercover DEA agent Enrique Camarena (Bauer) who, while stationed in Guadalajara, uncovered a massive marijuana operation in Northern Mexico that led to his death and a remarkable investigation of corruption within the Mexican government.

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At least four of the principal actors in Drug Wars: The Camarena Story later starred in the Academy Award-winning film Traffic, a film that also deals with the subject of the ongoing drug trade between the United States and Mexico. In a somewhat interesting reversal of roles, in Drug Wars actors Miguel Ferrer and Steven Bauer both play DEA agents while Benicio del Toro and Eddie Velez play drug traffickers; in Traffic, Ferrer and Bauer both play drug traffickers, while del Toro and Velez play a Mexican federal narcotics agent and a DEA agent.

Reception

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In his review for The New York Times, John J. O'Connor wrote, "Perhaps not surprisingly, these amoral entrepreneurs provide some of the film's juicier roles. Especially effective is Benicio del Toro as the young, illiterate and flaky Rafael Caro-Quintero". In his review for USA Today, Matt Roush wrote, "For a Michael Mann production, there's surprisingly little flash to Drug Wars. Some interesting camera work to be sure, including the video bits and some heightened use of slow motion, but the miniseries' chief strength is its grit, its anger". Craig MacInnis, in his review for the Toronto Star, wrote, "Interspersed with U.S. network news footage of the real Camarena incident in '85, the dramatic scenes in Drug Wars are never anything less than convincing - just as good propaganda should be".

DVD release

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All three parts originally ran for four hours. The current DVD release features a heavily edited version that runs only 130 minutes.


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References

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