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The Heroin Busters (1977)
"La via della droga" (original title)

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An Ialian 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.

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Gilo
Massimo Vanni ...
Massimo
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Denim
Romano Puppo ...
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Sergio Ruggeri ...
Sergio
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Leonardo Scavino ...
Grass (as Leon Lenoir)
Gianni Orlando
Salvatore Billa ...
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Guido Cerniglia ...
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An Ialian 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.

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13 August 1977 (Italy)  »

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Busting dope dealers, Italian style!
6 March 2007 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

There were a lot of good Dirty Harry inspired cop films made in Italy during the seventies, and while The Heroin Busters isn't one of the best of them - it's still a damn fine example of this sort of film. By far the best thing about Italian Dirty Harry rip-offs is the entertainment value, and The Heroin Busters delivers that in spades! Granted, it's a bit slow to start (though never boring), but once the film kicks into action properly, it comes thick and fast and the film includes one of the best action sequences I've seen in a film like this

  • that being the one that sees Fabio Testi being chased through a


construction site. As the title suggests, this is a film that bases its plot around drugs. Apparently, drugs are being trafficked around the world from Rome, and police chief Mike Hamilton decides to do something about it by having Fabio go undercover as a drug dealer. This requires him to immerse himself in the criminal underworld, with the intention being to get close to the lower level criminals, so that he can eventually catch the big guns at the top.

The film features a great pair of central performances from David Hemmings and Fabio Testi. This is undoubtedly one of the best things about the film, as both of their performances are excellent; and they offset each other brilliantly. Testi is great in the 'action hero' role, as he fits the bill perfectly and does a great job with the action scenes also. Hemmings is at the other end of the spectrum with his role as the police chief, but he does just great also and it's great seeing these two together. The music comes courtesy of Dario Argento's house band Goblin, and while their work on this film doesn't rival the stuff they did for Argento, The Heroin Busters certainly isn't lacking in the music department. The film is directed by Enzo G. Castellari, who directed a couple of well revered crime flicks before this one, including the excellent 'The Big Racket'. The film features a few big set pieces, and the climax which takes the form of a plane chase is a more than fitting finale to an audacious crime extravaganza. This isn't as good as Italian crime flicks get - but it's not bad at all, and comes highly recommended!


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