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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.


Enzo G. Castellari


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




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 ... Bearded Leroy Henchman
Guido Cerniglia Guido Cerniglia ... Roman Colonel
Antonella Della Porta


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


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Italian censorship visa # 70712 delivered on 10 August 1977. See more »


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 good-natured...
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Busting dope dealers, Italian style!
6 March 2007 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

There were a lot of good Dirty Harry inspired cop films made in Italy during the seventies, and while The Heroin Busters isn't one of the best of them - it's still a damn fine example of this sort of film. By far the best thing about Italian Dirty Harry rip-offs is the entertainment value, and The Heroin Busters delivers that in spades! Granted, it's a bit slow to start (though never boring), but once the film kicks into action properly, it comes thick and fast and the film includes one of the best action sequences I've seen in a film like this - that being the one that sees Fabio Testi being chased through a construction site. As the title suggests, this is a film that bases its plot around drugs. Apparently, drugs are being trafficked around the world from Rome, and police chief Mike Hamilton decides to do something about it by having Fabio go undercover as a drug dealer. This requires him to immerse himself in the criminal underworld, with the intention being to get close to the lower level criminals, so that he can eventually catch the big guns at the top.

The film features a great pair of central performances from David Hemmings and Fabio Testi. This is undoubtedly one of the best things about the film, as both of their performances are excellent; and they offset each other brilliantly. Testi is great in the 'action hero' role, as he fits the bill perfectly and does a great job with the action scenes also. Hemmings is at the other end of the spectrum with his role as the police chief, but he does just great also and it's great seeing these two together. The music comes courtesy of Dario Argento's house band Goblin, and while their work on this film doesn't rival the stuff they did for Argento, The Heroin Busters certainly isn't lacking in the music department. The film is directed by Enzo G. Castellari, who directed a couple of well revered crime flicks before this one, including the excellent 'The Big Racket'. The film features a few big set pieces, and the climax which takes the form of a plane chase is a more than fitting finale to an audacious crime extravaganza. This isn't as good as Italian crime flicks get - but it's not bad at all, and comes highly recommended!

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13 August 1977 (Italy) See more »

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Drug Street See more »

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