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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.


Ronald Neame


Jack Davies (screenplay), Alvin Sargent (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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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


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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Comedy | Crime | Thriller


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English | French | Arabic

Release Date:

7 January 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Mädchen aus der Cherry-Bar See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Four classic Star Trek (1966) actors and one actress appeared in this movie: Roger C. Carmel as Ram/Harry Mudd from Star Trek: Mudd's Women (1966) and Star Trek: I, Mudd (1967). John Abbott as Emile/Ayelborne from Star Trek: Errand of Mercy (1967). Arnold Moss as Abdul/Kodos the Executioner from Star Trek: The Conscience of the King (1966). Vic Tayback as Plainclothes Officer at TWA Counter/Krako from Star Trek: A Piece of the Action (1968). Tanya Lemani as Lighter Fluid Saleswoman from Star Trek: Wolf in the Fold (1967). See more »


When Shirley McLaine (Nicole) goes to dinner with Shahbandar (Herbert Lom) as she walks from room to room her lipstick color changes from pale pink to bright red. See more »


Nicole Chang: You're not even honest enough to be a crook.
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Clever and diverting heist caper with excellent leads...
25 November 2003 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

MICHAEL CAINE was hot after appearing in THE IPCRESS FILE and SHIRLEY MacLAINE grabbed him for her leading man in GAMBIT. It's a highly entertaining and very clever crime caper and is Caine's first American film. It benefits from highly polished production values and Ronald Neame's expert direction, not to mention a story that has several unexpected twists.

Aside from excellent performances by the two stars and Herbert Lom as the intended victim, the plot will keep you guessing until the final moments. Shirley is a knockout in her oriental disguise and delivers a wonderful performance as the girl who discovers she prefers an honest man to a thief, no matter how much she let herself be tricked into the role of a charming look-alike for Herbert Lom's former wife. The trick is to get into his lavish digs so she and Michael can see the layout and devise a plan to steal a prized sculpture. Herbert Lom is urbane and sophisticated as a man who is highly suspicious of his new acquaintances.

If you like crime capers or jewel heists, this is for you. Diverting from start to finish with a particularly good opening sequence that sort of sets you up for a different kind of film than this actually is. But saying more than that would give too much away.

My only complaint--Maurice Jarre's score is a skimpy one. He provides some light and catchy melodies for the lighter scenes but fails to deliver the goods for the film's darker moments. Maybe he figured the audience would just be holding their breath while silence accompanied the cat-like burglar approach rather than music. Whatever, the darker moments would have been heightened by a more suspenseful score.

John Abbott is seen to advantage as a French sculptor devoted to his art.

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