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Gambit (1966)

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An English cat burglar needs a Eurasian dancer's help to pull off the perfect heist, but even the most foolproof schemes have a way of backfiring.



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Release Date:

7 January 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Mädchen aus der Cherry-Bar  »

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Listen closely to the restaurant scene at about 1 hour 15 and you'll hear Strangers in the Night which was first released that year in a different film. See more »


When Nicole and Harry arrive at Dammuz and are about to be picked up by a limo, the shadows reveal that there is no aircraft, just the stairs. See more »


Nicole Chang: My husband never shows his emotions. He's English, you know.
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Solid 60's entertainment
18 November 2004 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

I just watched this again, after a period of many years; I think that I must have seen it in its original release, and it would have seemed wildly glamorous and exotic at the time. Its always been a favorite of mine; I love it when MacLaine finally opens her mouth and starts talking, and the entire story tilts and veers off in an amusingly different direction.

So very many things could have gone wrong with this production, and MacLaine could have completely overwhelmed it. Miraculously, everything stays in harness and no scenery gets chewed (as opposed to, say, "Topkapi", which although fun goes completely over the top, and where Mercouri lustily devours everything in sight). Caine and MacLaine were both in their early 30's at the time, and MacLaine gets away with photographing much younger. Its one of the earliest of her films where she got top billing; she had been making a series of Hollywood big-budget bombs, and I suspect that this somewhat modest entry kind of redeemed her. Its great straight entertainment.

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