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The Heroin Busters (1977)

Fabio Testi , David Hemmings , Enzo G. Castellari  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fabio Testi, David Hemmings, Sherry Buchanan, Wolfango Soldati, Massimo Vanni
  • Directors: Enzo G. Castellari
  • Writers: Galliano Juso, Massimo De Rita
  • Producers: Galliano Juso
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQ5UA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Heroin Busters" on IMDb

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  • Audio Commentary with Director Enzo G. Castellari
  • Theatrical Trailer

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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.


"[FOUR STARS] Castellari Knows Action Better Than Anybody!" -- Inzomniac

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
For most of its running time Enzo G. Castellari's The Heroin Busters is an exercise in lazy plotting and almost arbitrary box ticking as it flatly trudges through the usual cops and drug runners clichés, which wouldn't matter so much if the action scenes were better. Unfortunately despite a decent botched evidence room robbery, it's a film that's saving most of its ammunition for its grand finale. But when it comes, it's a grand enough finale for you to forgive a lot of the padding it took to get there, the final twenty minutes offering a prolonged chase through a subway construction site and the ruins around the Caracarla Opera that displays the kind of verve and imagination so much of the film had been lacking until then, and clearly influencing both Diva and Lethal Weapon 3 along the way. It's well worth waiting for.

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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HEROIN BUSTERS, or translated literally from the Italian, "The

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,

understandable manner.

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.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Try It, But You Won't Get Hooked July 4, 2006
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Heroin Busters is one of a few recent Enzo Castellari action flicks put out by Blue Underground...and it's not so hot. It's not bad exactly, it's just kinda boring. I watched it all the way through, and it has it's moments, but for the mostpart it's just kinda flat. Italian action star/prettyboy Fabio Testi is an undercover cop in the middle of a sting in the international heroin underworld. The immortal David Hemmings is his partner, and the only cop who knows that Testi's undercover. The whole film is pretty much a step by step drug dealing sting with no real excitement or drama. Like I said, it's not terrible, but you begin to wonder when something cool's gonna happen. Things do pick up a bit in the last act when Testi's cover's blown and he's on the run from the dealers who want revenge, but by that time it's too little too late. The film ends with probably the most boring plane chase ever put on film. Testi's fun to watch as usual. Hemmings is good, but ultimately his role is kinda...not pointless exactly, but he just doesn't really have much to do. Castellari has definitely made better. Street Law is a good example.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Junk August 19, 2010
Undercover narc and terminal fashion victim Fabio Testi takes on dope peddlers with the help of a surprisingly spry David Hemmings in this trashy, but kind of fun, outing. Stick around for the final half hour, where seemingly every mode of transportation available to the filmmakers is employed in a wild chase. Crack open a Peroni and goof on the poorly dubbed rest of it.
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