MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,643 this week

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

6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 305 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 18 critic

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.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - Guardians of the Galaxy

In the latest episode of IMDb: What to Watch, Keith Simanton talks with director James Gunn and actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel about their movie Guardians of the Galaxy.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 12 Mar 2012
 
a list of 214 titles
created 07 Jul 2012
 
a list of 259 titles
created 18 May 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 38 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Heroin Busters (1977)

The Heroin Busters (1977) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Heroin Busters.

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Boss (1973)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A bomb attack in a cinema in Palermo kills all the fellows of Attardi's clan a part from Cocchi. He immediately understands that the author of the bomb attack is Daniello from Don ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Di Leo
Stars: Henry Silva, Richard Conte, Gianni Garko
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Michael Sarrazin, Ursula Andress, Aldo Maccione
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The latest success by film-maker Giacomo Solaris is a crime thriller about a judge who gets too friendly with the Mafia and is murdered. A resentful Sicilian magistrate orders the film ... See full summary »

Director: Damiano Damiani
Stars: Franco Nero, Françoise Fabian, Pierluigi Aprà
Adventure | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

James Franciscus tries to save hundreds of swimmers in a coastal resort after a Great White Shark starts terrorizing the area.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: James Franciscus, Vic Morrow, Micaela Pignatelli
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A rag-tag group of people must fight extermination squads amid their ruined city.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Mark Gregory, Henry Silva, Valeria D'Obici
Keoma (1976)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Half-breed Keoma returns to his border hometown after service in the Civil War and finds it under the control of Caldwell, an ex-Confederate raider, and his vicious gang of thugs. To make ... See full summary »

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Franco Nero, William Berger, Olga Karlatos
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Stelvio Massi
Stars: Tomas Milian, Gastone Moschin, Ray Lovelock
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A gang of bandits rob a train of it's one million dollar gold shipment. Once the gang's leader makes off with the pot he's pursued by a bounty hunter... See full synopsis »

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Edd Byrnes, George Hilton, Gilbert Roland
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Milan produce vendor, whom moonlights as a pimp, faces off against a ruthless and greedy French gangster whom wants to unite the organized crime ring of Italy.

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Antonio Sabato, Philippe Leroy, Antonio Casagrande
Violent City (1975)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A detective sick and tired of the rampant crime and violence in his city, and constantly at odds with his superiors, is finally kicked out of the department for a "questionable" shooting of... See full summary »

Director: Marino Girolami
Stars: Maurizio Merli, Richard Conte, Silvano Tranquilli
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Maurizio Merli, John Saxon, Barry Sullivan
Striker (1988)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

John Slade is hired to rescue a journalist named Frank Morris from a Sandanista prison in Nicaragua. He teams with Marta, a local woman, to carry out this mission, but then he's captured, ... See full summary »

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Melonee Rodgers, John Steiner, Werner Pochath
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Fabio
...
Hamilton
Sherry Buchanan ...
Vera
Wolfango Soldati ...
Gilo
Massimo Vanni ...
Massimo
Angelo Ragusa ...
Denim
Romano Puppo ...
Enforcer
Sergio Ruggeri ...
Sergio
...
Gianni (as Johnny Loffredo)
Leonardo Scavino ...
Grass (as Leon Lenoir)
Gianni Orlando
Salvatore Billa ...
Detective
Giovanni Bonadonna ...
Bearded Dealer
Guido Cerniglia ...
Colonel
Antonella Della Porta
Edit

Storyline

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.

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 August 1977 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Drug Street  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Simple story, but highly entertaining
17 February 2002 | by (Zürich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

This crime thriller tells the story of an undercover cop (Fabio Testi) who has to "play" a drug dealer so that the real dealers accept him as a member of their syndicate and he can come close to the big men at the top of the syndicate. As it is the problem with many genre films of its decade, the depiction of the drug dealers, their environments and the investigating methods of the undercover cop looks clichéd and hilariously out of date. Except for that, this is a highly entertaining, action packed film.

Fabio Testi never looks like a real drug dealer, but who cares, his acting is solid as ever. David Hemmings as the police inspector who knows about Testi's true identity brings English flair to the role with his sometimes almost exaggerated British accent. The supporting cast consists of many faces familiar from other Italian genre outings (e.g. the ruthless syndicate killer in Lucio Fulci's "Luca il Contrabbandiere" from 1981, also starring Testi in the lead role), and the score by the (at that time) Argento regulars "Goblin" just rocks. There are some quite original action sequences, especially the climax, in which director Enzo Girolami delivers a plane chase for once instead of a car chase (and this plane chase looks daring sometimes). Because the simple plot always pushes the action forward, the movie never becomes boring and delivers.

Certainly not Enzo Girolami's best film (his "La Polizia Incrimina, la Legge Assolve" is probably the best Italian crime film ever made), mainly because the story is never really convincing, but it's fast paced and will please every fan of Italian crime thrillers.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Heroin Busters (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?