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Gambit (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 7 January 1967 (USA)
An English cat burglar needs a Eurasian dancer's help to pull off the perfect heist, but even the most foolproof schemes have a way of backfiring.

Director:

Ronald Neame

Writers:

Jack Davies (screenplay), Alvin Sargent (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shirley MacLaine ... Nicole
Michael Caine ... Harry
Herbert Lom ... Shahbandar
Roger C. Carmel ... Ram
Arnold Moss ... Abdul
John Abbott ... Emile
Richard Angarola ... Colonel Salim
Maurice Marsac ... Hotel Clerk
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Storyline

Cockney cat burglar Harry Dean needs Hong Kong dancer Nicole Chang's help to pull off the perfect heist. With a simple makeover and a new wardrobe; Nicole's resemblance to wealthy recluse Mr. Shahbandar's late wife is uncanny. While Shahbandar is distracted by the mesmerizing Nicole, Harry takes steps to swipe a priceless artifact from under the tycoon's nose. But even the most foolproof schemes have a way of backfiring. Written by L. Hamre

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Taglines:

What they do together is a crime! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine appeared in Woman Times Seven (1967) and Bewitched (2005). See more »

Goofs

When Nicole and Shahbandar fly by helicopter to see the city at dusk, the scenery you see are views of Istanbul. See more »

Quotes

Harry: I suppose this is the end of a beautiful friendship.
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Connections

Remade as Gambit (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Für Elise, WoO 59
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Consistently entertaining
3 August 2002 | by fletch5See all my reviews

Nicole (Shirley MacLaine) works as a dancer is some shabby night club in Hong Kong. She is approached by Harry Dean (Michael Caine), a young cockney thief, who has thought out a brilliant plan to steal an invaluable piece of sculpture. The trick is that Nicole happens to be a spitten image of the late, beloved wife of multimillionaire Ahmad Shahbandar (Herbert Lom) who owns the sculpture.

"Gambit" is a consistently entertaining crime comedy with engaging performances from the principal actors. MacLaine in particular is rather impressive as the beautiful accomplice who keeps making difficult questions but can also be quite resourceful when needed. The plot contains a couple of neat twists and Ronald Neame's direction leaves no dead moments in the film. Also features a pleasing score by Maurice Jarre.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Arabic

Release Date:

7 January 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gambit See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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