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Donald Hamilton (novel)
William P. McGivern (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 December 1968 (Canada) See more »
Matt Helm gets it from the Wrecking Crew! See more »
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Better Matt Helm Flick Than The Previous 2 !!! See more (41 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dean Martin ... Matt Helm

Elke Sommer ... Linka Karensky

Sharon Tate ... Freya Carlson

Nancy Kwan ... Yu-Rang

Nigel Green ... Count Massimo Contini

Tina Louise ... Lola Medina
John Larch ... MacDonald
John Brascia ... Karl
Weaver Levy ... Kim

Wilhelm von Homburg ... Gregor

Bill Saito ... Ching
Fuji ... Toki
Pepper Martin ... Frankie
Ted Jordan ... Guard (as Ted H. Jordan)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Biro ... Diplomat (uncredited)

Lynn Borden ... Miss Long Distance (uncredited)
Hy Chase ... Gold Guard (uncredited)
Whitney Chase ... Miss Natural Gas (uncredited)
Peter Chin ... Waiter (uncredited)
David Chow ... Bartender (uncredited)
Kenya Coburn ... Slaymate (uncredited)
Bill Couch ... Agent Cole (uncredited)
James Daris ... Davidson (uncredited)
Noel Drayton ... Lord Hardwicke (uncredited)
Sheila English ... Slaymate (uncredited)
Harry Fleer ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Tony Gardner ... Gold Guard (uncredited)
Harry Geldard ... Jennings (uncredited)
Tony Giorgio ... Agent (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Rex Holman ... J.B. (uncredited)
Brick Huston ... Nelson (uncredited)
Joséphine James ... Girl (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Officer in Hospital Room (uncredited)
Jon Kowal ... Kelly (uncredited)
Joe Lewis ... Guard (uncredited)
James Lloyd ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... Driver (uncredited)
Fredricka Meyers ... Slaymate (uncredited)
Celeste Michaels ... Slaymate (uncredited)
Stephen Mitchell ... Tram passenger (uncredited)
David Montresor ... Lord Penhurst (uncredited)
Byron Morrow ... Officer in Hospital Room (uncredited)

Chuck Norris ... Man in the House of 7 Joys (uncredited)
Ed Parker ... Guard (uncredited)
Cara Peters ... Miss Milkmaid (uncredited)
J.B. Pick ... The President (uncredited)
Allen Pinson ... Page (uncredited)
Bartlett Robinson ... Wellington (uncredited)
Bill M. Ryusaki ... Henri (uncredited)
Joe Sawyers ... Zarr (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Croupier (uncredited)
Fred Stromsoe ... Smith (uncredited)
Frank Tallman ... Pilot (uncredited)
Vincent Van Lynn ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Tram Operator (uncredited)

Directed by
Phil Karlson 
Writing credits
Donald Hamilton (novel "The Wrecking Crew")

William P. McGivern (screenplay) (as William McGivern)

Produced by
Irving Allen .... producer
Harold F. Kress .... associate producer
Original Music by
Hugo Montenegro 
Cinematography by
Sam Leavitt (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Maury Winetrobe 
Art Direction by
Joseph C. Wright  (as Joe Wright)
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry 
Makeup Department
Hank Edds .... makeup artist: Dean Martin
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Ralph E. Black .... unit production manager (as Ralph Black)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerome M. Siegel .... assistant director (as Jerome Siegel)
John M. Poer .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Max Frankel .... property master
Sound Department
James Z. Flaster .... sound (as James Flaster)
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
Bill Clark .... stunt double: Simon Scott (uncredited)
Bill Couch .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Gray .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hickman .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Lewis .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Ed Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill M. Ryusaki .... stunts (uncredited)
Mary Statler .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Stone .... stunt double: Dean Martin (uncredited)
Fred Stromsoe .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sy Devore .... wardrobe: Dean Martin
Editorial Department
Oscar Denenberg .... assistant editor
Music Department
Hugo Montenegro .... conductor
John Bahler .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Al Capps .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Richard Hazard .... orchestrator (uncredited)
J. Hill .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Willis Holman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Bruce Lee .... karate advisor
Frank Tallman .... pilot: helicopter sequences
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG for sensuality, violence and some language (re-rating) (1996)
105 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (cut) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:M (original rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1996) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Dean Martin was so distraught over the murder of his The Wrecking Crew (1968) co-star and friend Sharon Tate that he abandoned the next already announced "Matt Helm" motion picture series installment (to be titled "The Ravagers") and never played the character again.See more »
Revealing mistakes: It is clear that in many close-up shots, there is no windshield in Matt's Lincoln.See more »
Matt Helm:[to Freya] I don't know what you got, but you sure got bad timing.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Death in Hollywood (1990) (V)See more »
My Melancholy BabySee more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Better Matt Helm Flick Than The Previous 2 !!!, 26 October 2000
Author: Kelt Smith from Baltimore, MD

Much better than the previous 2 Matt Helm films, but not as good as the first, THE SILENCERS. THE WRECKING CREW was directed by PHIL KARLSON as was the first Matt Helm movie 3 years earlier. This time around, Matt Helm (DEAN MARTIN) is sent to Denmark to immobilize Count Contini (NIGEL GREEN) who has hijacked a fortune in gold bullion. Assisting Helm is eager, but bumbling Freya Carlson (SHARON TATE). Freya is more of a hindrance than a help however. Contini's former flame Lola Medina (TINA LOUISE)is willing to provide pertinent information to Helm, for a cut of the action. She is killed though before she can tell him anything by a bomb laden bottle of scotch placed in her bar by Contini's current paramour Linka (ELKE SOMMER). Another beauty in the Count's arsenal is Yu Rang (NANCY KWAN). Contini tries to buy Helm off, but when that is unsuccessful, resorts to a dozen lame brained attempts to murder him. Will Helm triumph over the evil Count Contini ? What do you think ? One of the reasons that this movie is better than the previous 2 is that Helm is giving a female sidekick that is funny. As in THE SILENCERS where you had klutzy Gale Hendricks (STELLA STEVENS), here you have Freya (SHARON TATE) in a similar role. Neither MURDERERS ROW, nor THE AMBUSHERS had that. And TATE, although only 25 when this was made, showed very funny comedic ability. The production dollars spent appear less than in all 3 prior Helm flicks. In a scene where Helm is sparring with one of Contini's men outside of the Count's chateau, the artificial grass fold up like a rug. The interior sets look like something from a porno movie. The fight scenes are slow, and obvious. At 51, MARTIN was getting a little old for this kind of thing. Plus, JAMES BOND aside, ersatz "Spy Films" were on their way out. If you watch the credits at the end, you'll see a notice that states : Matt Helm will be back in THE RAVAGERS. Alas, it was not to be. This genre had run its gamut and what a schmaltzy time it was !!!

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