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Contraband

3.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Guido Alberti, Marcel Bozzuffi. An underworld cigarette smuggler is enraged when a rival gang kills his brother and kidnaps his wife. A brain-splattering Mob war ensues, which goes far beyond simple payback. 1980/color/96 min/NR/widescreen.

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  • Actors: Guido Alberti, Salvatore Billa, Marcel Bozzuffi, Virgilio Daddi, Daniele Dublino
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002C9DJK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,682 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Contraband" on IMDb

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Contraband is a so-so mafia movie that never achieves its potential. A new group of narcotics gangsters force their way into the Naples underworld. Fabio Testi and other established gang leaders try to deal with it. Except for Fabio Testi, none of the characters is developed enough to be worth your sympathy. That's unfortunate because there were several very promising characters such as his older brother, then there's the leader of a competing gang, then there's the leader of a friendly gang, there's the police captain, etc. All of these characters could have been developed extensively. This is especially true for the guy who was the French assassin in the French Connection. He returns in this movie in a similar role but doesn't get enough screen time and isn't introduced until relatively late. There are some good scenes that are never developed enough. There is a scene where a hot blonde drug mule from Germany tries to cheat the French guy so that he grabs her and holds a torch to her face. Nothing ever came after that. No follow up scenes to show what, if anything, resulted from this example. Later, they kidnap Fabio's beloved wife and rape her while he is forced to listen over the telephone. I thought that this was a good scene but that it was too short. I'm thinking of the Michael Madsen torture scene in Reservoir Dogs that is utterly brilliant and is stretched out for quite a while. This movie could have included several such scenes and been brilliant. As it is, they give us just enough to tease us without ever satisfying us. The police are clueless and wander through the story like a foreign occupying army. The ending was unexpected and condescending. If you invest millions to make a movie how about hiring a novelist or screenwriter capable of coming up with some memorable dialogue.
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One of Fulci's best films. A violent italian made crime drama about smugglers of cigarettes and dope. Very gory. Starts out a little slow in the beginning but picks half way in with a vengeance. All the action sequences are top notch. Not so much suspenseful as they are shocking. Recommended viewing for anyone that is a fan of Fulci or Italian spaghetti westerns made in seventies like Django and Mannaja.
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Fulci may have been the bees knees with horror films, but Contraband shows up his deficiencies away from the genre. Lazy plotting, bad acting, and a lot of amateur hour gore effects that fail to liven things up because they're so badly done. Fulci apologists who have to see genius in everything he does may like it, but this feels like it was made by people with alimony and tax bills to pay.
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Anyone who thinks Lucio Fulci made only gory horror films, should check out "Contraband." The man proves that he can handle any genre. This is a dark, moody gangster flick that packs a punch. Genre icon Fabio Testi is the coolest guy ever to come out of the 70's, and he turns in a typically hardcore, icy performance in this one. Also recommended is Lucio Fulci's incredible Western, (yes he could do that too) "Four Of the Apocalypse" also with Fabio Testi in the main role. We are very lucky to have access to these once rare and forgotten gems.
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Low budget 70s action with a funky score and a few gruesome shootouts and beatings. Not much more than that really. If you've seen blaxploitation flicks from this era, just swap out a black cast for an Italian one & you get the jist. I bought it cause it's directed by Lucio Fulci and while it's cool to see a non-horror film of his, "Contraband" doesn't hold a candle to his best films.
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not cheesy enough for me. sounded like it was entertainingly bad but just didnt make the cut. Too much fast forwarding.
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Contraband aka The Smuggler aka The Naples Connection sees Lucio Fulci just phoning it in with a dreary looking and unexciting gangster flick that sees the honourable cigarette smugglers of Naples being picked off by a badly dubbed Marcel Bozzuffi's sadistic Marsigliese, who, along with his hunchbacked chemist who's dubbed by a Peter Lorre impersonator, wants to take over their organisation to run his drugs. It's not helped by the casting of Fabio Testi, as reliably boring and non-dimensional as ever in the lead but also, thanks to age starting to take the edge off the good looks he relied on, starting to look like a bizarre hybrid of Treat Williams, Michael Jayston and William H. Macy. Production values generally aren't that much higher than 70s continental porn - fake blood, obvious dummies, insipid photography and barely rehearsed action scenes are the norm for the first half of the film. Occasionally the prospect of an interesting scene is raised, such as a fight on a tilted ship at low tide, only to be lazily thrown away. There is one good action scene in the film, but unfortunately that's a spaghetti western a bored Mafia don is watching on TV while the younger cast members unenthusiastically go through the motions.

Clearly aware of just how dull the first half of the film is, the gore goes into overdrive just about the time you're tempted to give up on it and see if there's anything decent on TV instead. It's a mixture of the same ridiculous effects that mar the earlier scenes and some not particularly convincing but rather better executed ones as heads get blown off, duplicitous female drug dealers get Bunsen burner facials and our hero's wife gets raped.
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