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The Wrecking Crew (1969)

 -  Action | Adventure | Comedy  -  January 1969 (UK)
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The count has stolen enough gold to cause a financial crisis in the world markets so I.C.E. sends in ace spy Matt Helm to stop him. As Matt works alone, the British send in Freya to aid ... See full summary »

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The count has stolen enough gold to cause a financial crisis in the world markets so I.C.E. sends in ace spy Matt Helm to stop him. As Matt works alone, the British send in Freya to aid Matt, but it seems that Freya causes more problems than she solves. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Rated PG for sensuality, violence and some language | See all certifications »
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Columbia production number 8869. See more »

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The film was shot during late 1968 and released in 1969. The American president appearing here is still suggested to be Lyndon Johnson (back of head, ears, voice, accent) although Richard Nixon had succeeded him. See more »

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Count Massimo Contini: [on viewscreen] I could indulge myself by killing you, Mr Helm, but I will leave that small chore to our colleague Miss Carlson.
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Referenced in Death in Hollywood (1990) See more »

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On the Sunny Side of the Street
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Written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
Performed by Dean Martin
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Matt Helm Goes Off In The Sunset
28 July 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Though it wasn't planned that way, The Wrecking Crew became the last of the Matt Helm series that Dean Martin brought to the screen. At the end credits it was announced that the audience could expect a new Matt Helm film The Ravagers would be coming out next.

It wasn't to be because Dino frankly got bored of the whole thing and in those days Martin would bore easily. You could tell it on the screen and in his performance that the Matt Helm series just wasn't interesting him any longer.

The Wrecking Crew was filmed minus Beverly Adams as Martin's private secretary Lovey Kravezit and the role of his boss MacDonald was taken over by John Larch in place of James Gregory. It was not as ridiculous as the third film in the series, The Ambushers which was clearly the worst of them. This one involved Nigel Green stealing a shipment of gold bullion worth a cool billion.

The gimmick here is that the USA does not want anyone knowing that such a shipment was stolen because of the financial implications. Which is why they've sent in Dino to get it back.

One thing this film does not lack is the bevy of beautiful women working with and against Dino in his mission. They include in this film, Tina Louise, Elke Sommer, Nancy Kwan and Sharon Tate. The Wrecking Crew turned out to be the tragic Ms. Tate's next to last film.

Like the James Bond films, the Helm series also had some nice spy gadgets. The Wrecking Crew had one of the best of them. It was a portable helicopter that you carried in the trunk of your car. It gets Dino and Sharon out of a tight spot. It has to be seen to be believed.

Just as well the Matt Helm series ended here if Dino was as bored with it as he plainly shows.


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