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Cartes sur table (1966)

A mad scientist uses his army of mechanical monsters to control people who have Type O blood.

Director:

Jesús Franco (as J. Franco, Jesus Franco)

Writers:

Jesús Franco (original screenplay) (as J. Franco), Jean-Claude Carrière (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eddie Constantine ... Al Pereira
Françoise Brion ... Lady Cecilia Addington Courtney
Fernando Rey ... Sir Percy
Mara Laso ... Girl from Lisbon (as Mara Lasso)
Dina Loy Dina Loy ... Automat
Aida Power Aida Power ... Automat (as Aida Powers)
Lemmy Constantine Lemmy Constantine ... X-3
Alfredo Mayo ... Baxter
Marcelo Arroita-Jáuregui Marcelo Arroita-Jáuregui ... Olsen (as Marcelo Arroita)
Vicente Roca Vicente Roca ... Lee Wee
Ricardo Palacios ... Hermes
Ramón Centenero Ramón Centenero ... Oscar Hawkie
Antonio Padilla Antonio Padilla ... Monsieur 8
Gene Reyes Gene Reyes ... Chang-Howe
Sophie Hardy ... Cynthia Lewis
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A mad scientist uses his army of mechanical monsters to control people who have Type O blood.

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

France | Spain

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 April 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Attack of the Robots See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

When Al Pereira gets off the bus upon his arrival in Alicante, an audio report in Spanish, likely on radio, is advertising the Alicante release of the movie 'Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965)' mentioning it's "by Jean-Luc Godard, the director of 'À bout de souffle (1960)' and that it stars Eddie Constantine and Anna Karina. Since Constantine is also the star of this film, this breaks the fourth wall. See more »

Goofs

The story depends on a made-up fact that some people, instead of having a blood type of "positive" or "negative," are neither. The term they used for this was "Rhesus zero," which doesn't really exist. See more »

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Referenced in Viaje a Bangkok, ataúd incluido (1985) See more »

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A good intro to Eddie Constantine
7 November 2001 | by grstmcSee all my reviews

I happened to catch this foreign-made film by accident, many years ago, when I was just a kid. It came on TBS some time after midnight, and I started watching since it had something to do with secret agents. Later on, the old man asked me what I was watching, and I told him that I wasn't sure but that "this guy" was pretty good.

"This guy" that was referred to was Eddie Constantine. At the time, I thought he was just some minor European actor appearing for probably the first or only time in this minor spy caper. What came across was a certain attitude behind the coarsened, roughhewn character, which let you know that the actor did not take himself or the material too seriously. Constantine's hero stolidly made his way through the plot, doggedly determined to get the job done while showing as little emotion or concern as possible, and winning the viewer over in the process.

In the years since, I was surprised to learn that Eddie Constantine was born in the US, and eventually became a singing star in France during the late 1940s-early 1950s, before becoming a film star in 1953. Until the close of the 1960s, he played numerous detectives, secret agents, gangsters, etc., in a string of European (mostly French) action-adventures that were often shot in the fast-moving style of American B-pictures.

ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS was made in 1966, when Constantine's stardom was coming to an end (he would still have a long career ahead of him as mostly a supporting player, until his death in 1993). If his mere presence could raise the level of this material, it would be interesting to see some of the other action films from his heyday. Unfortunately, with the advent of infomercials, and scarcity of old European-made films such as these, you won't be finding them on the late, late show any longer.

In any event, it's a lesser spy film to be sure, but if you're a true fan of the genre you will find some entertainment value even with this. There is the usual fantastic plot, here a nefarious scheme in which the evil organization seeks to control people of a certain blood type. Hence, Interpol is called in and agent Al Pereira (Constantine) is on the case. Also, included in the plot are the requisite megalomaniacal villain (played by Fernando Rey, five years away from FRENCH CONNECTION), and a not-so-innocent heroine (played by sexy Sophie Hardy).

All in all, ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS is reasonably enjoyable on its own terms, taken for nothing more than what it was meant to be. But it is also a good introduction to the unique persona of Eddie Constantine, who managed to make the film a good deal more enjoyable.


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