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Contraband (1980)

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Director:
Lucio Fulci Lucio Fulci
Starring:
Fabio Testi Fabio Testi
Ivana Monti Ivana Monti
Marcel Bozzuffi Marcel Bozzuffi
Saverio Marconi Saverio Marconi
Enrico Maisto Enrico Maisto

6.6 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Genres: Action, Crime, Crime Thriller, Drama, Poliziotteschi
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Review by Tristan
Added: July 17, 2007
We all know Lucio Fulci as a horror director. He's dabbled in giallos, westerns, thrillers, and even some comedy before he became big, but still, Fulci is primarily known as a horror director. In between his wildly popular Zombi 2 and City of the Living Dead, he released a Crime/Drama. And if you'd seen this movie, with no knowledge of his past or future career, you'd assume Fulci had been doing this style of film his entire life.

Luca Di Angelo (Fabio Testi) is a gangster in Naples, Italy. Fairly straight forward. He is part of the Mafia, and his current drug deal has gone sour. While him, his older brother Mickey (Enrico Maisto), and a few other boys were out in boats, the coast guard showed up. They knew the exact time, date and place the deal was going down. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that there's a leak somewhere.

After Mickey's stable is burned to the ground, and he is then murdered in a scene very much like something out of a Scorsese or Coppola picture, and further still, Luca's beautiful wife (Ivana Monti) is kidnapped, Luca decides to take matters into his own hands, and get to the bottom of his brother's murder. This turns into one of the most graphic and violent Mob wars I think I've ever seen in a movie.

Starting with one of the best mutilations scenes I've seen, involving a woman's face and a Bunsen burner, Luca's friends and family are knocked off, one by one, in some fairly creative ways. But when one of the attempted murders fails, the almost victim decides to get the police's help in tracking down the man who's been causing all this ruckus. Or does he?

The movie takes many twists and turns, some good, some bad. I actually found the twist at the end to be somewhat predictable, but very interesting anyway. For those of you who enjoyed the last third of Hot Fuzz, you will be equally delighted with the ending of this movie. Hopefully that's not giving away too much. If you can't already tell, I enjoyed this movie. A lot. I didn't know what to expect from this film, as it wasn't one of Fulci's horror gems, and I know that his dabble into the fantasy genre was an absolute disaster. This and that came in a two pack, so at least I didn't just throw my money away. I found Contraband to be one of my favourite Fulci films, actually. I recommend it to anyone looking for a nice crime mystery, with a little of his classic gore moments thrown in.

8/10.
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Chad #1: Chad - added 07/18/2007, 01:19 AM
It wasn't exactly a classic or the highlight of his career, but how could you not enjoy Conquest?
Tristan #2: Tristan - added 07/18/2007, 08:45 AM
Lame fight scene, fall in a hole. Lame fight scene, fall in a hole. The movie was just a series of fight scenes. And why does ever scene have like 4 feet of fog? He must have had like, a $4000 budget. The storyline was alright, and it could have been a great movie, if not for the poor quality.
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