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13 August 1977 (Italy) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Fabio Testi ... Fabio

David Hemmings ... Hamilton
Sherry Buchanan ... Vera
Wolfango Soldati ... Gilo
Massimo Vanni ... Massimo
Angelo Ragusa ... Denim
Romano Puppo ... Enforcer
Sergio Ruggeri ... Sergio

Joshua Sinclair ... 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
Annabella Franchetti
Margherita Horowitz ... Addict's Mother
Fulvio Mingozzi ... Customs
Ettore Pigliapoco
Ferdinando Poggi
Giuliano Sestili
Luigi Schiboni
Franco Ukmar ... Cell Guard
Clemente Ukmar
Patrizia Webley ... Blonde Lesbian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adolfo Belletti ... Old Café Owner (uncredited)
Dino Cassio ... Finanziere all'aeroporto (uncredited)

Enzo G. Castellari ... Amsterdam Man (uncredited)
Domenico Cianfriglia ... Drug Lab Assistant (uncredited)
Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Drug Lab Worker (uncredited)
Lewis E. Ciannelli ... Denim (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Geoffrey Copleston ... Grass / Ross / Paged Man 2 / Labcoat (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Motorcyclist (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Roberto Dell'Acqua ... Luciano (uncredited)
Franco Fantasia ... Jewelry Store Manager (uncredited)

Michael Forest ... Fabio (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Lina Franchi ... Donna al Palazzo di Giustizia (uncredited)
John Gayford ... Gianni / Interpol 1 / Pool Player 2 (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Stefania Girolami Goodwin ... Skeptical Girl (uncredited)
John Karlsen ... Paged Man 1 / Killed Clerk / Tour Guide (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Rocco Lerro ... Martinez (uncredited)
Andy Luotto ... Massimo / Interpol 5 / Park Informant (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gene Luotto ... Bearded Dealer (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Steven Luotto ... User / Heist Boy 1 / Bike Thief / Pinball 1 (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Sergio / Saved Cop (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Richard McNamara ... Guidi (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Emilio Messina ... (uncredited)
Benito Pacifico ... Genoese Assassin (uncredited)
Claudio Ruffini ... Campus Cop (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Interpol 3 / Vitali / Franco (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Robert Sommer ... Pool Player 2 / Director / Pinball 2 (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Robert Spafford ... Meade / Interpol 4 / Restauranter / Airport Cop 2 (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Gilo (voice: English version) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Enzo G. Castellari 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Massimo De Rita 
Galliano Juso 

Produced by
Galliano Juso .... producer
 
Original Music by
Goblin 
Agostino Marangolo 
Massimo Morante 
Fabio Pignatelli 
Claudio Simonetti 
 
Cinematography by
Giovanni Bergamini 
 
Film Editing by
Gianfranco Amicucci 
 
Production Design by
Corrado Ricercato 
 
Costume Design by
Luciano Sagoni 
 
Production Management
Maurizio Amati .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giuseppe Giglietti .... second assistant director
 
Stunts
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua .... stunts
Angelo Ragusa .... stunt coordinator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La via della droga" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
132 min (DVD) | West Germany:93 min | Italy:100 min
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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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Busting dope dealers, Italian style!, 6 March 2007
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

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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