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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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Complete credited cast:
... Nicole
... Harry
... Shahbandar
... Ram
... Abdul
... 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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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Das Mädchen aus der Cherry-Bar  »

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Trivia

A "gambit" is a chess tactic where a player sacrifices a piece to get a more advantageous position in the game. See more »

Goofs

When Harry walks outside at night (1h32m) a separation in the background is visible behind the tower, revealing it to be a studio set. See more »

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Harry: They'll write us into books. We'll be historical.
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Referenced in Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991) See more »

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My brief review of the film
7 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

A brilliantly paced, gripping crime caper, the film has an interesting plot formula, and in general it is quite engaging stuff. Neame's vision of the film involves many close-ups and low camera angles, and this provides an enticing visual style. It is often amusing, with clever ideas, clever sets and wonderful costumes. MacLaine is also very good in an intriguing performance that involves her being silent for the first 25 minutes. So, what can one say against this film? It is a bit silly, a tad overlong, somewhat predictable, and not very deep, but as simple entertainment you cannot find many films better than this. I found it a joy to watch, and Neame's crafting as director can be admired too. It is a great film, even if not a masterpiece, although, for its genre, it could possibly be regarded as a masterpiece.


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