Sicilian Connection, The / Afyon oppio (1972)

4.5 out of 5

The police were not deceived by a funeral where a corpse was used as means of transporting opiates in a scene that finds it's echo in Andrea Bianchi's Guns Of The Bigshots which, like Afyon oppio, also features Fausto Tozzi as a don. A chemist who tests the purity of narcotics is played by Luciano Rossi and he plays a similar role in Lucio Fulci's Contraband which is, to an extent, similar to The New Godfathers and The New Godfathers borrows heavily from The Sicilian Connection.

The Sicilian Connection is far better than The New Godfathers.

Afyon oppio is a smuggling movie which follows a shipment of heroin from Turkey to Palermo and onward to New York and aside from the drama, and occasional humour, the processes involved are studied in almost documentary detail. This in itself is facinating.

Malisa Longo, Luciano Catenacci, Romano Puppo and Giuseppe Castellano put in appearances as Ben Gazzara transports his illicit cargo to a foot-tapper of a Guido and Maurizio De Angelis score that is, even by itself, addicting.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics