Downtown Heat

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directed by: Jess Franco
starring: Mike Connors, Josephine Chaplin, Oscar Ladoire, Craig Hill, Philippe Lemaire
93 min.

When Paul, an American Jazz Pianist, discovers that his wife has disappeared in a South American City, he sets out on a desperate journey to find her. The search leads him into the underbelly of a violent downtown world. A world where sex and souls are sold for drugs on ruthless city streets. The ruler here is Don Radeck, a sophisticated Mafia Drug Lord who holds judges, police detectives and high ranking government officials in the palm of his hand.

Protecting himself behind these corrupt forces, Radeck exists in a realm of refined culture - the center of which is his only child, a beautiful young daughter. But Radeck's empire is threatened when one of his henchman is linked to the murder of a cop. Outside pressure falls on the Don as an American drug enforcement officer joins forces with the wife and partner of the murdered police officer. Exploiting Radeck's only weakness - his young daughter - they devise a commando operation to expose and neutralize Radeck's organization.

At the same time, Paul, the Jazz Pianist, discovers that his wife has fallen prey to the Don's organization. Finding her murdered body, he's blinded by rage and sets out to destroy Radeck. But Paul stands little chance against overwhelming odds, he's rescued by the honest partner of the murdered cop, and is recruited into their commando operation. But the commando is grossly outnumbered and somewhat naive. The success or failure of their plan depends on the co-operation of a corrupt police detective. Can he be trusted? Throwing caution to the wind, the fearless group rips into a mission of electrifying action as they fight for revenge and survival - deep in the heart of Downtown.