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Director:
Writer:
Bernard Girard (written by)
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Release Date:
25 December 1966 (Brazil) See more »
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Tagline:
The slickest swingin'est con man who ever took the world for a ride!
Plot:
A paroled conman co-ordinates the robbery of an L. A. Airport bank with the arrival of the Russians Premier. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Golden Globe. See more »
User Reviews:
Slow, Disjointed, and Disappointing See more (20 total) »

Cast

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James Coburn ... Eli Kotch

Camilla Sparv ... Inger Knudson

Aldo Ray ... Eddie Hart
Nina Wayne ... Frieda Schmid

Robert Webber ... Milo Stewart

Rose Marie ... Margaret Kirby
Todd Armstrong ... Alfred Morgan

Marian McCargo ... Dr. Marion Hague (as Marian Moses)

Michael Strong ... Paul Feng
Severn Darden ... Miles Fisher
James Westerfield ... Jack Balter
Phillip Pine ... George Logan (as Phillip E. Pine)
Simon Scott ... William Anderson
Ben Astar ... General Mailenkoff
Michael St. Angel ... Captain William Yates
Larry D. Mann ... Officer Howard (as Lawrence Mann)
Alex Rodine ... Translator
Al Nalbandian ... Willie Manus (as Albert Nalbandian)
Tyler McVey ... Lyman Mann
Roy Glenn ... Sergeant Elmer K. Coxe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wolfe Barzell ... Red Thompson (uncredited)
Paul Birch ... Bill Simpson (uncredited)
Pepe Callahan ... Aztec Airlines Dispatcher (uncredited)
Joey Faye ... Joe (uncredited)
Abel Fernandez ... Aztec Airlines Attendant (uncredited)

Harrison Ford ... Bellhop Pager (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Stephanie Hill ... Janice Brown (uncredited)
Harry Holcombe ... Warden (uncredited)
Rex Holman ... First Inmate Being Counselled (uncredited)
Tanya Lemani ... Belly Dancer (uncredited)

Steve London ... Airline Clerk (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ... Undertaker (uncredited)
William Phipps ... Kleiner (uncredited)
Mike Ragan ... Cop at Airport (uncredited)
Sabrina Scharf ... Girl in Bed with Eli (uncredited)
Justin Smith ... Mr. Robin (uncredited)

Vic Tayback ... Denver Police Detective Merchant (uncredited)
Lorna Thayer ... Passenger on Mexico Flight (uncredited)
Vincent Van Lynn ... Detective (uncredited)
George Wallace ... Police chief Captain Yates (uncredited)
Mary Young ... Mrs. Galbrace (uncredited)

Directed by
Bernard Girard 
 
Writing credits
Bernard Girard (written by)

Produced by
Carter DeHaven .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stu Phillips 
 
Cinematography by
Lionel Lindon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon  (as William Lyon)
 
Art Direction by
Walter M. Simonds 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
 
Makeup Department
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Mike Frankovich Jr. .... unit production manager (as M. Frankovich Jr.)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Kissell .... assistant director (as William Kissel)
 
Sound Department
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
 
Editorial Department
Ralph James Hall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
 
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USA:104 min
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Color (Pathécolor)
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The name tag on Harrison Ford's bellhop jacket reads "Thornton Wild"See more »
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Frieda Schmid:You have to admit that since we disagree on everything, we have a lot in common.See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Slow, Disjointed, and Disappointing, 21 January 2013
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Seeing this heist film made me yearn for the no-nonsense efficiency of Kubrick's classic The Killing (1956). I can't recall any other heist film that generated absolutely no tension or suspense the way this one does. Instead the screenplay is cluttered with parts that fit together about as well as a bombed-out house. Writer Girard treats connecting threads as a needless distraction, which I guess we're supposed to take as the mark of European sophistication, 1960's style. Instead, we're treated to the wolfish Coburn's irresistible way with women, something about a Soviet premier on a visit, nameless guys who sort of appear and reappear leaving few tracks, and something about getting money from a bank after it's closed. The idea is to toss them all into the air and see how they come down.

Now, it might be argued that the movie is not really a heist film at all. That it's really not a genre film despite superficial appearances. Rather, the robbery and its planning are merely events leading up to some kind ironic point in the end about Eli outsmarting himself. Or some such more general point than merely a heist film. Okay. But the same general problem remains—the movie's just too slow and disjointed to hold interest regardless how it's defined.

Despite all, there are several redeeming features. There's ditzy Nina Wayne (Frieda) looking and sounding like her sexy sister Carol doing one of her hilarious bits on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. Then there's the LA airport looking like a giant spider that's decide to squat on the city. And for old movie fans, it's an easy gig for Aldo Ray who gets marquee billing and about three lines of dialog. And finally, there's the neat twist ending—too bad this flash of inspiration is so slow in coming. In my book, it's one of the disappointing crime films of its time.

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