A master conman leads a pair of British accomplices on an international adventure of highly profitable dirty tricks.

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A master conman leads a pair of British accomplices on an international adventure of highly profitable dirty tricks.

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This film was in the cinemas only a few weeks after the first publication of Len Deighton's novel. He had developed the subject as a novel and a movie project simultaneously, an idea that another best-selling author, Alastair Maclean, would soon take up with "Where Eagles Dare". Deighton was co-producer of this film as well as author of the novel, but is surprisingly not credited as author of the screenplay (which makes a significant change to the novel at the end of the story). See more »

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Silas: [exhausted after futilely chasing after Liz, who has double-crossed him and Bob] Oh! My side!
Bob: I hope it bloody hurts.
Silas: [last line of film] Only when I laugh...
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Only When I Larf
Written by Ron Grainer
Recorded by Whistling Jack Smith
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Does it hurt?
1 August 2005 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Richard Attenborough, David Hemmings and Alexandra Stewart are three con-men in this enjoyable late 60's comedy/drama. The plot is episodic: There's a great pre-credit con in New York and a couple of other cons which aren't related, but the core of the story is the relationship between the three.

Attenborough and Hemmings work well together; the old, seasoned pro and the young pretender who come from different backgrounds but who clash not only about life, politics and who's got the better ideas, but over Stewart who is very attractive, sexy and alluring (and who has plans of her own).

The direction is taut, the dialogue sparkles with little gems, the look is very glossy for its time and the acting is top notch. Like a lot of 60's caper films, it's great fun to watch.


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