11 out of 13 people found the following review useful:
Serviceable caper for a rainy afternoon
Guy Grand (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Los Angeles, CA
11 January 2002
If you enjoy your heist pictures with an excess of fluff and an absence of
moral dilemmas, this mid-60's romp is the perfect pillow propper for the
Stephen Boyd is a handsome, stoic thief who's inevitably drawn back into a
life of crime by a former tantalizing flame. Together with her weasly
playboy sweetheart, on the run from a pair of Turkish hitmen (one being
played by 'Live and Let Die's' down-home sheriff, Clifton James) Boyd's
former gal pal and her friend mandate he enlist a team of crack heist men to
break into a bank vault in Pamplona.
Did someone say the 'running of the bulls would be a fantastic diversionary
tactic?' Well, if you did, then you too can be a heist caper writer!
Between the noise of the bulls and the musical gala of the town's festival,
our boys figure they'll be well-concealed in their quest to obtain Spain's
finest jewels that are supposedly being held in the bank that week. But, of
course, there's always complications...
Harold Stine's enriching colors bring this confection a glossy '60s
cinematic sheen, and as always, Vic Mizzy has both melodic and comedic
elements in his wonderful score.
After "Ben-Hur," Boyd rarely found much of a chance to exude depth in his
characters, and this popcorn-light characterization does not allow him much
elbow room to emote. Still, he's a commanding enough protagonist to keep
our interest. The kittenish Yvette Mimieux is all blonde hair and smiles as
his (seemingly) unsuspecting girlfriend. Although she receives second
billing, the lovely Ms. Mimieux is only on-screen for less than a third of
With a wonderful shot of the Rock of Gibraltar and intimate locales around
Pamplona, the scenery plays like a nostalgic postcard your folks might have
sent you while on vacation to Europe in an earlier era. The inevitable heist
twist, a la "Rififi," "The Hot Rock," on up to 2001's "The Score," take
place here, yet the ending can easily be discerned. However, if all you
seek is an easy-to-digest caper, sans humor and complex ingenuity, by all
means, swipe this bull from your neighborhood rental shelf. My rating **
out of ****.
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