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A microcosm of people lost in search of an artificial happiness, which lead them to steal and prostitute themselves, for the short ecstasy of a squirt of heroin in the veins. Marco and Pina... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Helmut Berger ... Marco
Corinne Cléry ... Pina
Marzio Honorato Marzio Honorato ... Toby (as Marzio C. Honorato)
Agnès Nobecourt Agnès Nobecourt ... Marina
Karl Zinny ... Angelo
Roberto Caporali Roberto Caporali
Franco Citti ... Alfredo, il 'Sceriffo'
George Ardisson ... The Trafficant
Lorenzo Piani Lorenzo Piani
Aldo Bufi Landi Aldo Bufi Landi ... Cliente di Pina
Antonio Buonomo Antonio Buonomo
Francesca Ciardi ... Pusher


A microcosm of people lost in search of an artificial happiness, which lead them to steal and prostitute themselves, for the short ecstasy of a squirt of heroin in the veins. Marco and Pina live in this world of drugs, prostitution and violence. They must fight for their survives. One day one of their friend dies during a holdup. Marco and Pina are helpless and will do anything to escape. But fate does not want a similar world. Between bites of heroin and sidewalk they are deadly trance. Written by markyoloup

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French | Italian

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14 April 1983 (Italy) See more »

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Fatal Fix See more »

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Italian censorship visa # 78500 delivered on 12-1-1983. See more »


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20 September 2017 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

"The Tunnel" might not tell a very original story, but it tells the tale of junkie life pretty accurately, and with a lot of style. This film features a cast that should make any cult euro-cinema addict thrilled. We have Helmut Berger, the main man of so many legendary Euro-trash (and genuine art-house) movies, shooting heroin and selling his ass to old gay men for money to pay for his drug habit. We have the amazing Corrine Clery, famous for her starring role in "Story of O," shooting heroin in her vagina, conning people and turning tricks, also to support her heroin habit. and then there is 'Accattone' himself, Franco Citti, another main player in countless Italian crime films from the glorious 1970's, as a scary bad guy, a cut-throat scumbag with no moral compass. When I first read about this one it became my obsession to find a copy of this ultra-rare title. I finally found an ancient VHS tape in a second hand shop, under the name "Fatal Fix." Not only does it have a dream cast, but it also boasts an incredible soundtrack, provided by the iconic 80's band "The Pretenders." The film is gritty, it's stark, and it's relentlessly depressing. Marco & Pina live in a bus that has been converted into a kind of mobile home. Marco actually has a brother, and an ex-wife, who try to help him, but he rejects them both, in favor of his junkie girl and lifestyle. Corrine Clery as Pina, is tough, hardened, and knows how to survive. "Fatal Fix" is similar to "Panic In Needle Park" in many ways, and many scenes seem to be influenced by that more well-known film. This title is certainly due for a remastered release on DVD. Until then I'm happy to have that VHS copy. This is a forgotten gem.

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