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8 August 1980 (Italy) See more »
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Cigarette smugglers in Naples run into problems with cocaine operations being set up by a rival smuggler... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Gruesome Crime Flick From The Godfather Of Gore See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Fabio Testi ... Luca
Ivana Monti ... Adele
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Marsigliese
Saverio Marconi ... Perlante
Enrico Maisto ... Mickey
Ferdinando Murolo ... Sciarrino
Fabrizio Jovine ... Captain
Daniele Dublino ... Prosecutor
Guido Alberti ... Morrone
Giordano Falzoni ... Charlie
Giulio Farnese ... Alfredo
Ofelia Meyer ... Ingrid
Tommaso Palladino ... Capece
Venantino Venantini ... Tarantino
Ajita Wilson ... Luisa
Luciano Rossi ... Chemist
Salvatore Billa ... Marsigliese Thug
Romano Puppo ... Enforcer
Omero Capanna ... Marsigliese Thug
Virgilio Daddi ... Marsigliese Thug
Cintia Lodetti ... Ursula (as Cinzia Lodetti)
Rita Frei ... Filomenia
Nello Pazzafini ... Traitor (as Giovanni Pazzafini)
Aldo Massasso ... Murolo
Enzo D'Ausilio ... Smuggler Boss
Antonio Mellino ... Driver
Angelo Boscariol ... Smuggler
Marcello Filotico ... Old Boss
Salvatore Puccinelli ... Murolo Thug
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russel Case ... Perlante / Captain / Raided (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Lucio Fulci ... Old Boss (uncredited)
Alfonso Giganti ... Policeman (uncredited)

Jason Klassi ... Marsigliese / Boat Cop / Typist / Raided / Kidnapper / Tommy / Nest Egg / Waiter / Forensics / Capos (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Benito Pacifico ... Thug at Perlante's (uncredited)
Gregory Snegoff ... Luca / Prosecutor / Alfredo / Anchor / Chemist / Date / Fishmonger / Jockey / Capo / Finance Guards (voice: English version) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lucio Fulci 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gianni De Chiara  screenplay
Gianni De Chiara  story
Lucio Fulci 
Giorgio Mariuzzo 
Ettore Sanzò  screenplay
Ettore Sanzò  story

Produced by
Sandro Infascelli .... producer
 
Original Music by
Fabio Frizzi 
 
Cinematography by
Sergio Salvati 
 
Film Editing by
Vincenzo Tomassi 
 
Art Direction by
Franco Calabrese 
 
Costume Design by
Massimo Lentini 
 
Makeup Department
Gilda De Guilmi .... hair stylist (as Ida De Guilmi)
Gilda De Guilmi .... wig maker
Franco Di Girolamo .... special makeup effects artist
Antonio Maltempo .... assistant makeup artist
Fabrizio Sforza .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Vittorio Bucci .... unit manager
Sergio Iacobis .... production manager
Giulio Longo .... unit manager
Nicola Venditti .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Giandalia .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Luciano Targuini .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Ugo Celani .... sound
Gianni D'Amico .... sound mixer
Eros Giustini .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Germano Natali .... special effects
Roberto Pace .... special effects
 
Stunts
Omero Capanna .... stunts
Giuseppe Mattei .... stunts
Giorgio Ricci .... stunts
Attilio Severini .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Francesco Bellomo .... still photographer
Giovanni Brescini .... assistant camera
Ennio Brizzolari .... key grip
Franco Bruni .... camera operator
Daniele Cimini .... assistant camera
Alfredo Fedeli .... chief electrician
Alessio Gelsini Torresi .... camera operator: in sea (as Alessio Gelsini)
Maurizio Lucchini .... assistant camera
Massimo Pau .... camera operator: in sea
Roberto Russo .... studio photographer
Mario Sbrenna .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Berta Betti .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Armando Pace .... assistant editor
Giancarlo Tiburzi .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Maurizio Guarini .... musician: keyboards
 
Other crew
Nazzareno Cardinali .... master of arms
Eliana Cipri .... production secretary
Roberto de Franceschi .... cashier
Egle Guarino .... continuity
Matteo Marino .... production secretary
Danilo Martelli .... cashier
Roberto Ornaro .... administrator
Roberto Ornaro .... cashier
Dina Pallich .... production secretary
Sergio Sagnotti .... master of arms
Daniela Tonti .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Luca il contrabbandiere" - Italy (original title)
"The Smuggler" - International (English title), UK (video title)
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Runtime:
97 min | UK:88 min (25 fps) (cut version)
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Certification:
Australia:R (DVD release) (2005) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 | Germany:(Banned) | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM14 | New Zealand:(Banned) | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Norway:15 (uncut) (2007) (DVD) | Portugal:M/16 | Sweden:15 (2007, DVD version) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | West Germany:(Banned)
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Continuity: When Ingrid is first seen she clearly has red nail varnish, but when she reaches into her underwear for the drug lipstick, she has clear nail varnish.See more »
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Gruesome Crime Flick From The Godfather Of Gore, 29 August 2007
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

Although no highlight of the Italian Crime genre, Lucio Fulci's "Luca Il Contrabbandiere" aka "Contraband" is a rough, tough-minded and ultra-violent Gangster flick that certainly delivers, especially for a Fulci fan. Lucio Fulci is widely renowned as the 'Godfather Of Gore', and "Contraband" is a movie that is certainly not going to deprive him of this well-deserved reputation. Although the plot may not be as original as it was the case with many other of the (generally violent) Italian Crime Thrillers of the 70s and early 80s, "Contraband" scores in means of roughness, intransigence and gruesome, gory violence.

Luca Di Angelo (Fabio Testi) and many of his friends make a living as cigarette smugglers in Naples. After their refusal to deal with drugs instead of cigarettes, ruthless drug dealers, amongst them a sadistic gangster from Marseille start to target the cigarette smugglers' families. Luca, however, is not the kind of man who gives in to threats...

Fabio Testi, who had already worked with Lucio Fulci in "Four Of The Apocalypse" in 1975 (aside Tomas Milian and Lynne Frederick), delivers a good leading performance as Luca, and Marcel Bozzuffi is wonderfully evil in his role of the villain. I also found several of the supporting actors, such as Guido Alberti (who only has a very small role) very good. Some other supporting cast members deliver rather bad performances. The violence is pretty brutal and includes several very nasty scenes of torture and sexual violence. There are some scenes that don't really fit in, such as some cheesy looking and kitschy slow-mo sequences of horses at a racecourse, and the music is sometimes out of place, but all in all, the movie's qualities come up for its flaws. "Contraband" is certainly no highlight of Italian crime cinema, but a brutal and uncompromising flick that highly entertains. Fans of Lucio Fulci and Crime thrillers of the rough kind should be pleased.

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