The Heroin Busters
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Fabio Testi (THE BIG RACKET, CONTRABAND) stars as a cold-blooded cop gone deep undercover to take down an international drug syndicate. But when a hair-trigger Interpol agent (David Hemmings of BLOW-UP, DEEP RED and GLADIATOR fame) joins the investigation, the case takes a deadly detour into sexual depravity and sudden violence. Can two tough detectives trapped in a criminal underworld now stay alive long enough to ignite a citywide massacre?
Sherry Buchanan (ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST) co-stars in this action-packed thriller - with an unforgettable motorcycle and airplane chase climax - co-written and directed by Enzo G. Castellari (HIGH CRIME, INGLORIOUS BASTARDS), featuring a pounding score by legendary prog-rockers Goblin (SUSPIRIA, DAWN OF THE DEAD) and now transferred from the original camera negative.
- Audio Commentary with Director Enzo G. Castellari
- Theatrical Trailer
Top Customer Reviews
David Hemmings' Interpol cop doesn't have much to do apart from make the odd bad tempered speech or copping a feel from an obliging girl on a motorcycle while Fabio Testi is his usual monolithic self as the new boy on the crime scene trying to work his way into the mob. If anything Joshua Sinclair's villain makes more of an impression if only by virtue of his untrustworthy pencil `tache, cigarette holder and English accent that makes you wonder if Terry Thomas is a role model to Italian drug lords. Surprisingly Goblin's score works against much of the picture, especially the opening sequence that clumsily moves between Hong Kong, Amsterdam and New York, and Massimo De Rita and Galliano Juso's script is often shoddily constructed in the first half but it does at least offer a couple of odd surrealist touches and a gratuitous lesbian scene to keep the audience's interest while you're waiting for the action to kick off.Read more ›
Drug Avenue" (la Via della Droga), is a fascinating,
action-packed movie, pulling all the stops for thrills and
action, not excluding plenty of gun-shooting, in a race between
the criminal element and law enforcement. There's motorcycle,
airplane and car chases around Italy on land, foot and air.
The action is dubbed in English, in an extremely fluent,
The success of this movie, is that it is outstanding in its
quality considering the "technology" that was at the director's
disposal at the time. Obviously, the Hollywood studios, with
100's of millions of USD greater budgets, and with technology 20
years newer than at the time the film was made, create products
these days that are measurably different. But are they really
that much better ? Some things never change, such as the human
species, emotion, and the cultural, economic and social aspects
of a country, whether it by Italy, USA, etc.
Having been filmed in Europe, in 1977, anyone with memories of
hat era, will judge as occasionally comical the immediately
recognizable FIAT vehicle models of the time, and others (such
as Citroen 2 Horse Power, FIAT, small compact Fords, etc.), the
presentation of outdoor and indoor cafes, pinball machines,
cobble stone roads, and overall landscape scenes from the
Italian countryside, that are almost identical to those found in
Spain, and Portugal.Read more ›