185 DRUGS IN ROME: POLICE ARE POWERLESS (1975) Bud Cort rarity
Cort in a Seldom-Scene Italian Drug-Culture Exploitation Film
Italian Title: ROMA DROGATA: LA POLIZIA NON PUO INTERVENIRE [Drugs in Rome: The Police Are Powerless]
also known as HALLUCINATION STRIP and HALLUCINATING STRIP
director: Lucio Marcaccini
starring: Bud Cort · Marcel Bozzuffi · Anna Zinnemann
· Patrizia Gori · Ennio Balbo · Tom Felleghy
actor Bud Cort plays an Italian high school student named Massimo. During
a swank party, he and his rich girlfriend Cinzia steal an antique box
from the study. This thievery brings police detective De Stafani into
the mix and he suspects drugs are involved. Sure enough, Massimo and
his friends are involved in drugs and other counterculture activities.
A pampered friend named Rudy is planning a party and gives Massimo money
to secure the hallucinagenics. But Massimo isn't good with cash and
instead spends it on a couple of his comrades who need a place to crash.
Then, desperate to secure the drugs for the party, he fences the box
he had stolen. The party becomes a wild 'happening' but it also brings
the cops a bit closer.
still a mystery why Bud Cort - while basking in the success of his previous
film Harold and Maude. - would travel to Italy for this
role [in an unknown director's debut project]. Lucio Marcaccini would
never work in Italian cinema again. In fact, before this film, he barely
had any association with the industry; his only previous experience
was continuity director for RAI's short-lived TV series La Nascita
della Repubblica [Birth of the Republic] in 1971. Mr Marcaccini
died in 1982 at age 52.
An Italian film
in English language; widescreen format (16:9), uncut (90 minutes),
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT; extras include theatrical
Recommended For Adult Audiences