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The Wrecking Crew -- Matt Helm, the debonair secret agent, saves the world from doom in this fourth and final "Matt Helm" feature. This time he prevents the world's economy from collapsing as a crime ring hijacks $1 billion in gold.

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Director:
Writers:
Donald Hamilton (novel)
William P. McGivern (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 December 1968 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Matt Helm gets it from the Wrecking Crew! See more »
Plot:
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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Cast

  (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)
Fredricka Meyers ... Slaymate (uncredited)
Celeste Michaels ... Slaymate (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)
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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
 
Stunts
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)
Jay 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

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

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Trivia:
Bruce Lee was the martial arts adviser for this film. He also was brought in to train and teach Sharon Tate with her martial arts scenes.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the final fight scene on the train, a trap door opens up on the floor of the locomotive and we see the ground beneath rush by. However, no railroad ties are visible. The "ground" is very likely just a treadmill belt.See more »
Quotes:
Lola Medina:I've heard that you do... drink.
Matt Helm:Just call it a hobby.
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Soundtrack:
The Story of LoveSee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Matt Helm Goes Off In The Sunset, 28 July 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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