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8 August 1980 (Italy) See more »
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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  (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
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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97 min | UK:88 min (25 fps) (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Effectively brutal., 7 August 2015
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

Lucio Fulci brings his unique brand of sadism to this okay entry into the Eurocrime genre. Fabio Testi stars as Luca Di Angelo, a cigarette smuggler / family man who does have some principles. His organization is now constantly being threatened by rival outfits who want to control the drug traffic in the area. Luca is ready for revenge when one of the first victims is his brother Mickey (Enrico Maisto), but the bad guys, led by the power hungry Marsigliese (Marcel Bozzuffi) up their game when they decide to kidnap Lucas' wife and son.

The script, credited to four people (including Fulci) is ultimately very routine. There's nothing special about any of the characters, even if they are entertainingly played. Testi, as always, is a rugged and studly "hero". The joy here lies in the fact that the movie is so utterly violent. A face is burned to a crisp with a torch, a throat is torn open, a head is shot apart, and bodies are continuously riddled with bullet holes.

Supporting Mr. Testi are Ivana Monti as Lucas' wife, Saverio Marconi as the cocky young mafia man Perlante, Fabrizio Jovine as a police chief, and Ajita Wilson as Luisa. The actors are fine, especially Mr. Bozzuffi as a thoroughly nasty and despicable villain.

The action set pieces are not spectacular, but they are fun, and Fulci gives this trashy story (complete with full frontal female nudity as well as gore) decent pacing and a visceral appeal.

Fans of Fulcis' bloody horror films from this period may also like this feature.

Look for Fulci near the end in a cameo as one of the gunmen.

Seven out of 10.

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