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The Heroin Busters (1977)

La via della droga (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 13 August 1977 (Italy)
An Italian policeman goes undercover to break up an international heroin smuggling ring and butts heads with a hot-tempered Interpol agent assigned by his agency to do the same task.

Director:

Enzo G. Castellari

Writers:

Enzo G. Castellari (screenplay), Massimo De Rita (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabio Testi ... Fabio
David Hemmings ... Mike Hamilton
Sherry Buchanan ... Vera
Wolfango Soldati Wolfango Soldati ... Gilo
Massimo Vanni ... Massimo
Angelo Ragusa ... Leroy Henchman in All Denim
Romano Puppo ... Leroy's 3rd-in-Command
Sergio Ruggeri Sergio Ruggeri ... Sergio
Joshua Sinclair ... Gianni (as Johnny Loffredo)
Leonardo Scavino Leonardo Scavino ... Cannabis Dealer (as Leon Lenoir)
Gianni Orlando Gianni Orlando ... Leroy
Salvatore Billa ... Detective
Giovanni Bonadonna Giovanni Bonadonna ... Bearded Leroy Henchman
Guido Cerniglia Guido Cerniglia ... Roman Colonel
Antonella Della Porta Antonella Della Porta
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Storyline

A cold-blooded cop (Fabio Testi) goes undercover to take down an international drug syndicate, but when Interpol agent (David Hemmings) joins the investigation, the case takes a deadly detour into depravity and violence. Can the two tough detectives trapped in a criminal underworld stay alive long enough to ignite a citywide massacre?. Written by wxjuh

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 August 1977 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Drug Street See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinemaster S.r.l. See more »
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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Fabio Testi was a licensed and experienced pilot and did all of his own aerial stunts. See more »

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Hamilton: Sit down.
Fabio: Yes, Sir
Hamilton: Alright, so who do you work for and who were you bringing the stuff to?
Fabio: Why do you guys choose a place like this? It's so depressing here.
Hamilton: I don't have any time to waste so I'm going to ask you the question again; who do you work for and who were you bringing the stuff to?
Fabio: Whom do you work for. Whom. Nobody. I work for me.
Hamilton: Three kilos?
Fabio: I thought I'd stock up. They told me this stuff was kinda hard to find in Rome. You know, the police, they're so smart.
Hamilton: Yes. They're also ...
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Agreeable entertainment.
8 June 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

The always studly and the always charismatic Fabio Testi plays a character named Fabio here, a police detective working deep undercover in order to get the goods on the top dogs in a drug syndicate. He makes life a little weary for Hamilton (David Hemmings), an Interpol agent working on the same case. But he's still the kind of guy who *will* get the job done, taking on as many baddies as he can along the way.

Don't look for much more story than that in this topical Eurocrime action picture from Enzo G. Castellari ("The Inglorious Bastards"), although the pitiful state of an addict / pusher named Gilo (Wolfango Soldati) forms a subplot. The ladies are lovely (including Sherry Buchanan as Vera) and there's a bit of sex and nudity, but mostly what Castellari serves up is action, and it's executed with skill. The chases are particularly effective; the big finale with the planes is likewise impressive; Testi is in real life an accomplished pilot and did his own aerial stunts.

Hemmings offers a truly fun supporting performance as the exasperated Hamilton; Soldati earns a fair bit of sympathy as the pathetic Gilo. Other familiar faces to fans of Italian exploitation include Massimo Vanni ("Rats: Night of Terror"), Romano Puppo ("2019: After the Fall of New York"), and Joshua Sinclair ("1990: The Bronx Warriors"). Helping to make it all go down easily is a groovy, kick ass music score by the great progressive rock band Goblin. That theme that opens the movie is terrific!

There's no deep thinking required with this simplistic enough tale. It's just good old fashioned entertainment.

Seven out of 10.


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