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The Caper of the Golden Bulls (1967)

Peter Churchman stopped robbing banks a long time ago and is now living as a wealthy and respected citizen in Pamplona, Spain. But then his former companion Angela appears and blackmails ... See full summary »

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Russell Rouse
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Complete credited cast:
Stephen Boyd ... Peter Churchman
Yvette Mimieux ... Grace Harvey
Giovanna Ralli ... Angela
Vito Scotti ... François Morel
J.G. Devlin J.G. Devlin ... The Tinker
Arnold Moss ... Mr. Shanari
Walter Slezak ... Antonio Gonzalez
Clifton James ... Philippe
Jay Novello ... Carlos
Henry Beckman ... Bendell
Noah Keen ... The Irishman
Lomax Study Lomax Study ... Colonel Brissard
Tom Toner ... Canalli
Leon Askin ... Morchek
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Peter Churchman stopped robbing banks a long time ago and is now living as a wealthy and respected citizen in Pamplona, Spain. But then his former companion Angela appears and blackmails him to help her robbing the Spanish National Bank of Pamplona. He gives in and develops a brilliant plan... Will this be then end of his comfortable life? Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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A fiesta in the town... a couple of million in the vault... and a genius plan to give the Royal Bank the royal treatment. See more »

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USA

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English

Release Date:

24 May 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carnival of Thieves See more »

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Madrid, Spain See more »

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Mono

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Color (Pathécolor)
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Henry Mancini was offered to score, but couldn't make time in his schedule. He suggested his friend Vic Mizzy compose the score, because according to Mancini, Mizzy met deadlines very quickly. See more »

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Serviceable caper for a rainy afternoon
11 January 2002 | by Guy GrandSee all my reviews

If you enjoy your heist pictures with an excess of fluff and an absence of moral dilemmas, this mid-60's romp is the perfect pillow propper for the weekend.

Stephen Boyd is a handsome, stoic thief who's inevitably drawn back into a life of crime by a former tantalizing flame. Together with her weasly playboy sweetheart, on the run from a pair of Turkish hitmen (one being played by 'Live and Let Die's' down-home sheriff, Clifton James) Boyd's former gal pal and her friend mandate he enlist a team of crack heist men to break into a bank vault in Pamplona.

Did someone say the 'running of the bulls would be a fantastic diversionary tactic?' Well, if you did, then you too can be a heist caper writer! Between the noise of the bulls and the musical gala of the town's festival, our boys figure they'll be well-concealed in their quest to obtain Spain's finest jewels that are supposedly being held in the bank that week. But, of course, there's always complications...

Harold Stine's enriching colors bring this confection a glossy '60s cinematic sheen, and as always, Vic Mizzy has both melodic and comedic elements in his wonderful score.

After "Ben-Hur," Boyd rarely found much of a chance to exude depth in his characters, and this popcorn-light characterization does not allow him much elbow room to emote. Still, he's a commanding enough protagonist to keep our interest. The kittenish Yvette Mimieux is all blonde hair and smiles as his (seemingly) unsuspecting girlfriend. Although she receives second billing, the lovely Ms. Mimieux is only on-screen for less than a third of the picture.

With a wonderful shot of the Rock of Gibraltar and intimate locales around Pamplona, the scenery plays like a nostalgic postcard your folks might have sent you while on vacation to Europe in an earlier era. The inevitable heist twist, a la "Rififi," "The Hot Rock," on up to 2001's "The Score," take place here, yet the ending can easily be discerned. However, if all you seek is an easy-to-digest caper, sans humor and complex ingenuity, by all means, swipe this bull from your neighborhood rental shelf. My rating ** out of ****.


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