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Surprise Package (1960)

Approved | | Comedy | 22 September 1960 (UK)
An American gangster is exiled from the United States for criminal activity and is sent back to the Greek island where he was born. Once on the island, he is watched by a corrupt local ... See full summary »

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Harry Kurnitz (screenplay), Art Buchwald (based on a book by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yul Brynner ... Nico March
Mitzi Gaynor ... Gabby Rogers
Noël Coward ... King Pavel II (as Noel Coward)
Eric Pohlmann ... Chief of Police Stefan Miralis
George Coulouris ... Dr. Hugo Panzer
Guy Deghy ... Tibor Smolny
Warren Mitchell ... Klimatis
Lyndon Brook ... Stavrin
Alf Dean Alf Dean ... Igor Trofim (as Man Mountain Dean)
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Storyline

An American gangster is exiled from the United States for criminal activity and is sent back to the Greek island where he was born. Once on the island, he is watched by a corrupt local police chief. Upon meeting an exiled king, he attempts to purchase the king's family jewels for a million dollars. However, when he wires for the money to his associates back home, they double cross him and send him a beautiful gun moll instead. Written by anonymous

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Geschenk für den Boß See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There is only one scene in the entire film where Yul Brynner is not seen smoking a cigar. The actor died of cancer some 25 years afterwards and attributed his illness to smoking; his last appearance was in an anti-smoking commercial. See more »

Quotes

Tibor Smolny: Money won't make you happy; but you can buy so many tranquilisers, you won't know the difference.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits by Maurice Binder feature a comic animation of the three leads avoiding gangsters and bullets. See more »

Soundtracks

Surprise Package
By Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Sung by vocal chorus over credits
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Surprise Package
19 March 2019 | by henry8-3See all my reviews

Gangster Brynner is exiled back to a Greek Island where he hatches a plan to steal the crown of the king of Anatolia played by Noel Coward.

Underrated comedy with a sparking script of witty one liners, delivered really well by Brynner. In support, Coward is well...Coward and there's a nice turn by Guy Deghy as a thief who helps Brynner. Best of all is Mitzi Gaynor, who plays Brynner's moll. Her performance is wonderful as is she, making this all in all a really quite charming film.

The only bum note the Coward / Gaynor title song duet - could have done without that.


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