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Contraband 1980 ***

Lucio Fulci took a break from ultra-violent zombie movies to make this non-supernatural but still ultra-violent thriller. Contraband stars Fabio Testi as Luca, a smuggler embroiled in turf wars with the Mafia, initially for cigarettes, but escalating when Luca refuses to get involved in drug-smuggling. Many forms of vengeance result, all of them graphically presented in terms of the damage done to the human form, but Contraband will be of interest to those who can take the violence since it pulls no punches about the ruthlessness of the criminals involved. Recommended with strong warnings for content; Contraband is a more than decent thriller, but be sure to understand the nature of the film before you watch.

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