La Via Della Droga (1977)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Action Thriller, Police Detective Film  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Donald Guarisco

Enzo G. Castellari's final police film of the '70s ends things with a (literal) bang. La Via Della Droga is a stylish and fast-paced entry into the Italian crime genre that hits all the right marks for genre fans. Fabio Testi and David Hemmings make tough, charismatic leads, the action is plentiful, and the end result is steeped in authentic '70s-style grittiness. The one real defect of La Via Della Droga is that it lacks a human story element to get the viewer emotionally involved but Castellari makes up for that oversight by keeping the story taut and fast-paced. Focusing on the mechanics of drug trafficking, Castellari fills the picture with constant motion and tense exchanges between its various characters. He also delivers an action-packed third act that will delight action fans with its preponderance of chases and stunts. Ultimately, La Via Della Droga is probably of limited interest to the average viewer, but fans of European cult cinema are highly likely to enjoy this visceral crime film.