Drug Wars: the Camarena Story


2h 1990

Brief Synopsis

A three-part miniseries based on the events surrounding the 1985 abduction and murder by drug traffickers in Guadalajara, Mexico, of Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, a U.S. agent of the Drug Enforcement Agency. His death helped expose the underworld of South America's drug cartel and its influence on powerf

Film Details

Also Known As
Camarena Story, The, Desperados: The 'Kiki' Camarena Story, Desperados: The Camarena Story
Release Date
1990
Location
Jerez, Spain; Los Angeles, California, USA; Madrid, Spain

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

A three-part miniseries based on the events surrounding the 1985 abduction and murder by drug traffickers in Guadalajara, Mexico, of Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, a U.S. agent of the Drug Enforcement Agency. His death helped expose the underworld of South America's drug cartel and its influence on powerful interests in the Mexican government.

Cast

Valentin De Vargas

Simon Andreu

Freddie Jin

Bill Evans

Rodney Rincon

Andy Romano

Bel Sandre

Tony Fields

Rick Shuster

Daniel Zacapa

Fernando Negrette

Miguel Ferrer

Bruce V Caton

Christine Vall

Raymond J Barry

Hector Elias

William Marquez

Mario Roberts

Jeff Ramsey

Art Moroff

Danny Trejo

Gil Serna

Geoffrey Rivas

Biff Yeager

Treat Williams

Bob Yanez

Gilbert Garcia

John Shepard

Anthony Diaz Perez

William Von Raab

Pepe Serna

Tony Plana

Benicio Del Toro

Ramiro Gonzales

Michael Medeiros

Tito Larriva

Himself

Jim Zubiena

Dan Carruthers

Katherine Cortez

Arturo Bonilla

Craig T. Nelson

J. Kenneth Campbell

Guy Boyd

Elizabeth Peña

Ree Johnson

Ron Henriquez

Mark A Thomson

James Karen

Julio Medina

Ruben Amavizca

James Dalesandro

Ed Berke

Mando Guerrero

Dirk Vahle

Eddie Velez

John Tayloe

Frank Richard Siebenand

Tony Amedola

Aharon Ipale

Laura Leavitt

Angela Moya

Tomas Milian

Daniel Rojo

Jose Duval

Jorge Cervera

Roberto A Estrada

Adrian Tafoya

Gary W. Farrell

Jimmy Ortega

Joaquin Martinez

Robert Wethern

Gregory Norman Cruz

John A Escobar

Walter Alamo

Jennifer Puscas

Rob Sullivan

Robert Lesser

Maria Ferrar

Robert Barry Symmonds

Rick Sawaya

Pat Romano

John Lafayette

Everett Mcgill

Ruben Martinez

Kenneth A Simpson

Gilbert Rosales

Peggy Blowe

George Galvan

Frank Lugo

Richard Duran

Gary Armagnac

Rudy Pieto

Mike Moroff

Fernando Garzon

Isidor Olace

Steven Barr

Bud Anthony

Ken Morrison

Dana Lee

Frank Avila

Paul Luchtman

Hugo Valentino Bianqui

Rodrigo Obregon

Frank V Trevino

Rosalind Chao

Steven Bauer

Tomas Goros

Enrique Sandino

Enrique Renaldo

Jacob Vargas

Tonyo Melendez

Thomas Rosales Jr.

Ethan Embry

Crew

Gary Alexander

Sound

Mark Allan

Unit Production Manager

Mark Allan

Coproducer

Richard C Allen

Music Editor

Linda M Bass

Costume Designer

Daniel Belmour

Assistant Editor

Charles Bernstein

Music

Robert Black

Assistant

Jeffrey Block

Casting Associate

Gary Bourgeois

Sound

Richard Brams

Co-Executive Producer

Janice Brosnon

Accounting Assistant

Charles Calello

Music

Barbara Calvi

Assistant

Christopher Canaan

Screenplay

Christopher Canaan

Supervising Producer

Christopher Canaan

From Story

Chris Carpenter

Sound

Gusmano Cesaretti

Consultant

George Chavez

Casting

Fred A Cipriano

Sound Editor

Bryan Constans

Production Assistant

Joseph R Dalby

On-Line Editor

Kathryn Davis

Costume Supervisor

Donna Dodson

Assistant

John Egget

Special Effects

Ardeshir Farah

Music

Florence Figueroa

Casting Associate

Mel Frohman

Screenplay

Jeff Gaffin

Production Accountant

Debbie Gold

Music Supervisor

Lisa Goncalves

Accounting Assistant

Steve Hagberg

Construction Coordinator

Barbara A Hall

Production Coordinator

Michael Z. Hanan

Production Designer

James B Hebenstreit

Sound Editor

Jim Hebenstreit

Dialogue Editor

Gary Hellerstein

Transportation Coordinator

Michael Jaffe

Assistant

Eric P Jones

Assistant Director

Carlton Kaller

Music Editor

Julia Kobrinsky

Researcher

Al Kooper

Music

Kevin Krasny

Editor

John A. Larsen

Sound Editor

John Lattanzio

Associate Producer

H Jay Levine

Sound Editor

Clint Lilley

Stunts

Kara Lindstrom

Set Decorator

Branko Lustig

Assistant Director

Branko Lustig

Producer

Jay Malloy

Art Director

Michael Mann

Executive Producer

Michael Mann

From Story

John Marcello

Technical Advisor

John Marcello

Consultant

Richard Marx

Adr Supervisor

Vince Matsudaira

Assistant Director

J J May

Property Master

Susan Mcconnell

Production Assistant

Cynthia Mccormac

Art Director

Steven Patrick Mccormick

Sound Editor

Peter Mckernan

Other

Bruce Michaels

Adr Editor

Bruce Michaels

Sound Editor

Floyd Mutrux

Assistant

Brian Thomas Nist

Sound Editor

Barbara Olvera

Hair

Ralph Osborn

Sound Editor

Ralph Osborn

Dialogue Editor

Craig Pointes

Location Manager

Ann Powell

Screenplay

Ann Powell

Producer

Robert Robinson

Assistant Editor

Thomas Rosales Jr.

Stunt Coordinator

Suzanne Ryan

Casting Associate

Christine Sacani

Associate Producer

Miguel Sandoval

Casting

Matthew G Sawelson

Foley Editor

Matthew G Sawelson

Sound Editor

Rose Schacht

Producer

Rose Schacht

Screenplay

Skip Schoolnick

Editor

Elaine Shannon

Consultant

Elaine Shannon

Creative Consultant

Elaine Shannon

Book As Source Material

Brad Sherman

Sound Editor

Brad Sherman

Editor

Davida W Simon

Makeup

Sandi Sissel

Director Of Photography

Carmen Soriano

Script Supervisor

Jorge Strunz

Music

Bonnie Timmermann

Casting

Michael Tomack

Sound Editor

Elizabeth Trafford

Post-Production Assistant

Mark F. Ulano

Sound Mixer

Steve Welch

Key Grip

Timothy Welch

Sound

Wendy Wolmandimich

Assistant Editor

Warren W. Zevon

Music

Film Details

Also Known As
Camarena Story, The, Desperados: The 'Kiki' Camarena Story, Desperados: The Camarena Story
Release Date
1990
Location
Jerez, Spain; Los Angeles, California, USA; Madrid, Spain

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States January 7, 1990

Aired in United States January 8, 1990

Aired in United States January 9, 1990

Aired in United States April 22, 2003

Previous title: "Desperados: The 'Kiki" Camarena Story."

During the final minutes of each part of this miniseries, NBC News aired special reports, hosted by Tom Brokaw, examining the United States' role in the war against drugs. The telecast on January 7 ran approximately 15 minutes; on January 8, about 10; on January 9, about 5. Joseph Angotti and Lloyd Siegel produced the special reports, in which the following special guests appeared: U.S. Representative Charles Rangel; John Lawn, chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration; James Garule, chief U.S. prosecutor in the Camarena case; Elaine Shannon, author of the book "Desperados," on which the miniseries is based.

Began shooting April 1989.

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