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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.

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Ronald Neame

Writers:

Jack Davies (screenplay), Alvin Sargent (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Richard Attenborough, James Booth
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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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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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What they do together is a crime! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

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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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shirley MacLaine does not speak until twenty-nine minutes into this movie. See more »

Goofs

Abdul would surely have noticed the chair propping open the door. See more »

Quotes

Nicole Chang: You can't tell the crooks from the good guys anymore.
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Connections

Referenced in Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Für Elise, WoO 59
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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TWISTY FUN
24 January 2003 | by sferberSee all my reviews

Although perhaps not in the same top-flight league as "Rififi" and "Topkapi," "Gambit" is nevertheless an extremely entertaining heist movie that features consistently fine performances, an amusing and twisty script, and good production values. In this one, Caine hires MacLaine, who is working as a dancehall girl in Hong Kong, to assist him in the purloining of a priceless piece of sculpture, owned by Herbert Lom. This is not your typical heist film, however, and there is a twist right around the first half-hour mark that really had me chuckling out loud...and I'm not an easy person to make laugh out loud at movies, either. MacLaine plays one of her patented loveable kooks in this film, and is ever so appealing. Caine, in his first American production, plays it alternately cool and exasperated. Lom is surprisingly good as Shabhandar, one of the world's wealthiest men; his performance is both urbane and beautifully modulated. Good in smaller parts are two faces that classic "Star Trek" fans will recognize: John Abbott (an Organian) as the French art connoisseur, and Roger "Harry Mudd" Carmel as a hotel clerk. The heist itself is fairly suspenseful and, I suppose, high-tech for its day. Both Caine and MacLaine display surprising derring-do and quick thinking, and toward the finale of the film, the viewer is treated to at least three unexpected twists of plot. "Gambit," thus, offers good suspense, real wit, some romance, colorful locales, and fine acting. It is a real winner. If you're a fan of the heist movie, this one will not disappoint. It's good, light, well-done fun, and infinitely more entertaining than recent, "serious" caper films such as "The Score" and "Heist." Check it out!


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