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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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starts off slow, but this Fabio Testi/David Hemmings euro-crime film eventually delivers the goods See more (14 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 / 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
 

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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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
starts off slow, but this Fabio Testi/David Hemmings euro-crime film eventually delivers the goods, 17 February 2005
Author: django-1 from south Texas USA

When I first saw this film many years ago, I was put off by its slow and fragmented first ten minutes, featuring scenes of (gratuitous!) drug use in various parts of the world. Also, I had just seen David Hemmings' other Italian crime film from this year, SWINDLE with Tomas Milian (directed by Bruno Corbucci), which was INCREDIBLE, and this did not seem as good. However, once the film kicks into gear after fifteen minutes or so, it is quite good and features some incredible stunt work, imaginative action sequences, exciting guitar-driven music from Goblin (not as repetitive as some of their work), a wonderful over-the-top performance by David Hemmings as an interpol narcotics investigator, and a cool, smoldering performance by Fabio Testi as an undercover cop out to bust the international drug trade. As a later 70s product, this film features unnecessary closeup shots of drug use and some gratuitous nudity (a lesbian scene presented as a FANTASY of a minor character!), but there's not enough of either to derail what becomes a nail-biting action film. The final fifteen to twenty minutes of HEROIN BUSTERS are incredible--the motorcycle chase in the subway, which leads into an outrageous airplane chase--some of the most interesting and daredevil action-film stunt-work I've seen in a while. The film also has nice bursts of humor here and there (such as when Hemmings, chasing a crook, gets a ride from a young lady on a motorcycle and has to grab on to her breast to hold on!) and was quite satisfying on all levels. It does start slow, however, so don't give up on it (or fast forward through some of the initial scenes). What a "golden age" of Italian crime films the 1970's was--even a standard genre entry turns out to be a gem, the likes of which would NEVER be made today.

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