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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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Sleazy crime thriller by Lucio Fulci See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Fabio Testi ... Luca Di Angelo
Ivana Monti ... Adele Di Angelo
Marcel Bozzuffi ... The Marsigliese - Francois Jacois
Saverio Marconi ... Luigi Perlante
Enrico Maisto ... Mickey Di Angelo
Ferdinando Murolo ... Scherino
Fabrizio Jovine ... Chief of Police
Daniele Dublino ... Prosecutor
Guido Alberti ... Don Morrone
Giordano Falzoni ... Charlie
Giulio Farnese ... Alfredo
Ofelia Meyer ... Ingrid
Tommaso Palladino ... Capece
Venantino Venantini ... Captain 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)

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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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: The police arrested a woman with a blue pullover - when they later catch all the men and the wives are crying this woman is not arrested.See more »

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Sleazy crime thriller by Lucio Fulci, 11 October 2006
Author: Camera Obscura from The Dutch Mountains

CONTRABAND (Lucio Fulci - Italy 1980).

It's great to see all the familiar faces from the heydays of European bad cinema together again. Bad film-making without the slightest wit or irony. Those were the days... They all lined up for this very sleazy and sadistic "Poliziottesco" by Lucio Fulci, his only foray into the crime genre, and I'm glad it was the only one he made. Fabio Testi is the focal point as Luca Di Angelo, an idealistic family man and cigarette smuggler in this tale of mob warfare in economically depressed Naples. When a rival gang massacres his brother and abducts his wife, Luca goes berserk and triggers an all-out mob war, with virtually every Don in town getting involved.

Testi is OK in the lead and Marcel Bozzufi (THE FRENCH CONNECTION) makes quite an impact as "The Margliese", a Frenchman who tries to muscle his way into the Neapolitan crime world. He really is the most sadistic and ruthless crime figure you'll ever see. I figure this film would satisfy most Fulci fans. Torture, rape, bare flesh, endless shoot-outs and plenty of sleaze and violence make this slightly entertaining. I could sit through this because there's quite a lot of action and it's never really dull, but otherwise beware. This film has some of the most atrocious English dubbing I know , real bad, only made worse by the already howlingly awful dialog and some wooden acting. What about that club scene? I think they took some dialog from a totally different movie there (Blue Underground's release didn't include an Italian audiotrack), it didn't make sense whatsoever. Even by grade-Z poliziotteschi standards, this was pretty mystifying.

The film also features a soundtrack with some Italian pseudo-rock 1980 style. I can't really describe it, but it was annoying and totally inappropriate for the scenes. Fulci does show some of his earlier cinematic flair in some (especially interior) scenes, but then ruins it all in the next with bad lighting and bad editing, like showing somebody's head blown off, before the actual shot is being fired. In an earlier comment someone remarked the gore was very realistic. Well, what can I say? If you think blood looks like strawberry juice, I guess it does.

Camera Obscura --- 4/10

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