Friday, November 26, 2010

#112. The Heroin Busters (1977)

DVD Synopsis: 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?

There's a scene in The Heroin Busters that's so insane I couldn't stop thinking about it. Late in the movie, the hero, played by Fabio Testi, is shooting it out with members of the local drug cartel when he loses his gun. To avoid being killed, he runs into an abandoned warehouse, where he's able to get the jump on one of the baddies and knock him unconscious. Unfortunately, this guy's gun also falls just out of Testi's reach, and bullets are flying all around him. How does he retrieve the gun without getting shot? Simple: he uses the unconscious drug dealer lying next to him, tossing his limp body out into the line of fire so it lands on the gun, and then pulls him back in by the legs, dragging the weapon along with him!  Maybe this isn't the first time a body's been used as a grappling hook in a movie, but if it happened before, I sure don't remember seeing it!  

As for the movie, The Heroin Busters stretches itself way too thin early on, introducing a bunch of superfluous characters that are gone before the film's half over. But once the action gets rolling, The Heroin Busters never slows down again; the last half is non-stop action, all building up to one hell of a thrilling ending.

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The Laughing Hyena said...

Great Goblin score. RIP David Hemmings.

Dave B. said...

Thanks for the comment!

There's a lot to like about this film, and I agree...the score is something else.