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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)
Nestore Cavaricci ... Policeman (uncredited)
Domenico Cianfriglia ... Drug Lab Assistant (uncredited)
Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Drug Lab Worker (uncredited)
Lewis E. Ciannelli ... Denim (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Geoffrey Copleston ... Grass / Labcoat / Ross / Paged (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Biker (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 / Pool (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Stefania Girolami Goodwin ... Skeptical Girl (uncredited)
John Karlsen ... Clerk / Guide / Paged (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Anthony La Penna ... Colonel (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Rocco Lerro ... Martinez (uncredited)
Andy Luotto ... Interpol / Massimo / Informer (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gene Luotto ... Beard (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Steven Luotto ... Pinball / Thieves / User (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Cop / Sergio (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 ... Franco / Interpol / Vitali (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Robert Sommer ... Director / Pinball / Pool (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Robert Spafford ... Cop / Interpol / Meade / Restauranter (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Gilo (voice: English version) (uncredited)

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
 
Other crew
Gene Luotto .... dialogue director: english version (uncredited)
 

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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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An abandoned spaghetti factory was used as a location for one of the shoot-outs in this film.See more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Agreeable entertainment., 8 June 2014
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

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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