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I contrabbandieri di Santa Lucia (1979)

With the American Mafia families pooling their resources to bring huge quantities of cheap heroin into the country, it's up to customs official Ivano Radevic to allow the authorities to intercept the drugs en route to the USA.

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Alfonso Brescia
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Merola ... Don Francesco Antiero
Antonio Sabato ... Don Michele Vizzini
Gianni Garko ... Capitano Ivano Radovich
Jeff Blynn Jeff Blynn ... Don Salvatore Gargiulo (as Jeff Blyn)
Edmund Purdom ... Secret Service Chief
Sabrina Siani ... Lucy Avallone
Lorraine De Selle ... Lorraine
Marco Girondino Marco Girondino ... Gennaro
Nunzio Gallo Nunzio Gallo ... Commissario di Finanza Martinelli
Lucio Montanaro ... Cassio Petrorio
John Karlsen
Marina Valadier Marina Valadier ... Carmelina
Rik Battaglia ... Don Calogero Avallone (as Rick Battaglia)
Hassan Hyber Hassan Hyber
Hassan Jaber Hassan Jaber ... Vito
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With the American Mafia families pooling their resources to bring huge quantities of cheap heroin into the country, it's up to customs official Ivano Radevic to allow the authorities to intercept the drugs en route to the USA.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Neapolitan

Release Date:

25 August 1979 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Der große Kampf des Syndikats See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Alfonso Breschia Movie Universe
5 December 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Kudos to Alfonso Breschia for going all 'meta' as the kids say and including a scene in this film where Gianni Garko approaches a film poster for Breschia's Lo Scugzzino* and talks about how Gianni Garko is great in that film, followed by a member of the public who remarks upon Breschia's film skills (or lack off).

Anyone who has suffered through Breschia's sci-fi films will be glad to know that his crime films are a little easier to digest. He includes all the stuff you want to see in a crime film: gunfights, explosions, car chases and nudity. It's still not an amazing experience by any means, but a far cry from Star Odyssey, that's for sure.

A bunch of evil gangster fellows are in Turkey and want to ship a whole load of heroin over to New York, and are looking for a stopover on the way. Somewhere scuzzy where no one will notice. You know: Naples. Customs officer Gianni Garko makes the logical choice when he pinpoints Naples as the place the heroin is going to touch down, and heads off there to ingratiate himself with the local smugglers.

What Breschia nails here is the relationship between Garko and smuggler Mario Merola, as Merola relates his story that the impoverished people of Naples have to live by selling stolen cigarettes, and the whole community would collapse if this illegal industry dried up. He shows Garko how the people of Naples live in one room apartments (including the toilet and everything else) and are decent, friendly people. This convinces Garko to have the police not lean on Merola's gang in exchange for help tracking down the heroin.

What neither of them know is that local Mob boss Antonio Sabato is behind the heroin smuggling racket and intends to get it there without any setbacks, which leads to double crossings, massacres, shoot-outs and a cracking car chase that has one guy driving a car along a moving train!

The action also switches to New York where Sabato's goddaughter (a young Sabrina Sianni) is getting married, which leads to a sequence where Sianni leads in these surreal tributes to Italy (that also hold the heroin).

I'm not revealing everything here but I will say that Garko vanishes from the film for so long I thought they'd forgotten about him. Nevertheless, Breschia does manage to tie everything up quite nicely and I found, for a change, that I quite enjoyed the film. Eighth time's a charm, Alfonso!


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