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Release Date:
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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Simple story, but highly entertaining See more (12 total) »

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 / 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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Simple story, but highly entertaining, 17 February 2002
Author: rundbauchdodo from Zürich, Switzerland

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.

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