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The Heroin Busters (1977)

La via della droga (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 13 August 1977 (Italy)
An Italian 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.

Director:

Enzo G. Castellari

Writers:

Galliano Juso (story), Massimo De Rita (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabio Testi ... Fabio
David Hemmings ... Mike Hamilton
Sherry Buchanan ... Vera
Wolfango Soldati Wolfango Soldati ... Gilo
Massimo Vanni ... Massimo
Angelo Ragusa ... Leroy Henchman in All Denim
Romano Puppo ... Leroy's 3rd-in-Command
Sergio Ruggeri Sergio Ruggeri ... Sergio
Joshua Sinclair ... Gianni (as Johnny Loffredo)
Leonardo Scavino Leonardo Scavino ... Cannabis Dealer (as Leon Lenoir)
Gianni Orlando Gianni Orlando ... Leroy
Salvatore Billa ... Detective
Giovanni Bonadonna Giovanni Bonadonna ... Bearded Leroy Henchman
Guido Cerniglia Guido Cerniglia ... Roman Colonel
Antonella Della Porta Antonella Della Porta
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Storyline

A cold-blooded cop (Fabio Testi) goes undercover to take down an international drug syndicate, but when Interpol agent (David Hemmings) joins the investigation, the case takes a deadly detour into depravity and violence. Can the two tough detectives trapped in a criminal underworld stay alive long enough to ignite a citywide massacre?. Written by wxjuh

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 August 1977 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Drug Street See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinemaster S.r.l. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Fabio Testi was a licensed and experienced pilot and did all of his own aerial stunts. See more »

Quotes

Hamilton: Sit down.
Fabio: Yes, Sir
Hamilton: Alright, so who do you work for and who were you bringing the stuff to?
Fabio: Why do you guys choose a place like this? It's so depressing here.
Hamilton: I don't have any time to waste so I'm going to ask you the question again; who do you work for and who were you bringing the stuff to?
Fabio: Whom do you work for. Whom. Nobody. I work for me.
Hamilton: Three kilos?
Fabio: I thought I'd stock up. They told me this stuff was kinda hard to find in Rome. You know, the police, they're so smart.
Hamilton: Yes. They're also ...
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Simple story, but highly entertaining
17 February 2002 | by rundbauchdodoSee all my reviews

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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