Drug Wars: The Camarena Story

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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. read more

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.

Original Release

01/07/1990 on NBC

US Release

01/07/1990

Cast

Tomas Milian Florentino Ventura
Danny Trejo Gabriel
James Karen Aide
Art Bonilla Federale at Airport
Guy Boyd George Gilliard
Steven Bauer Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena
Kenny Morrison Enrique Camarena Jr
Miguel Ferrer Tony Riva
Gregory Cruz Torres-Lepe
Mike Moroff El Samy Ramirez
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Part 1 Sunday, 07 January 1990
2 Part 2 Monday, 08 January 1990
3 Part 3 Tuesday, 09 January 1990

Directors

Brian Gibson

Writers

Elaine Shannon, Rose Schacht, Ann Powell, Mel Frohman, Christopher Canaan, Michael Mann

Cast

Tomas Milian Florentino Ventura
Danny Trejo Gabriel
James Karen Aide
Art Bonilla Federale at Airport
Guy Boyd George Gilliard
Steven Bauer Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena
Kenny Morrison Enrique Camarena Jr
Miguel Ferrer Tony Riva
Gregory Cruz Torres-Lepe
Mike Moroff El Samy Ramirez
Rosalind Chao Thanh Steinmetz
Biff Yeager FBI Forensics Man
Robert Lesser Varona's Lawyer
Raymond J. Barry Jack Lawn
Tito Larriva Singer / Self
Daniel Zacapa Abel Reynoso
Valentin de Vargas Valdez
Geoffrey Rivas Pablo Seguno
Aharon Ipalé Atty. Gen. Ramirez
Steven Barr INS Cop

Producers

Editors

Kevin Krasny, Skip Schoolnik

1991Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
1990EmmyOutstanding Miniseries Won
1990EmmyOutstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries or a Special Nominated
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