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Gambit (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 7 January 1967 (USA)
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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Cockney cat burglar Harry Dean needs Hong Kong dancer Nicole Chang's help to pull off the perfect heist. With a simple makeover and a new wardrobe; Nicole's resemblance to wealthy recluse Mr. Shahbandar's late wife is uncanny. While Shahbandar is distracted by the mesmerizing Nicole, Harry takes steps to swipe a priceless artifact from under the tycoon's nose. But even the most foolproof schemes have a way of backfiring... Written by L. Hamre

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A "gambit" is a chess tactic where a player sacrifices a piece to get a more advantageous position in the game. See more »

Goofs

When Shirley McLaine (Nicole) goes to dinner with Shahbandar (Herbert Lom) as she walks from room to room her lipstick color changes from pale pink to bright red. See more »

Quotes

Harry: I suppose this is the end of a beautiful friendship.
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Twisty. Funny. Charming.
7 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

I love heist flicks, and this overlooked item delivered the things I like about the best heist flicks: suspense, trickery, a plot twist or two, and humor. This is a dead-on heist/comedy that surprised me with a couple of twists.

I've always been a Michael Caine fan, so naturally I'll tell you that his performance here is up to his high standards. I've never really been a Shirley MacClaine fan, though, so it was a surprise to me that she was so good in her role.

What kind of summary can I give without giving everything away? Harry Dean (Caine) has his sights on some loot, but needs a partner for his scheme. Nicole Chang (MacClaine) turns out to be everything he hoped for. But he didn't count on her being as clever or as alluring as she turns out to be.

8/10


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