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The Silencers (1966)

Retired agent Matt Helm is re-activated in order to stop an evil organization from exploding an atom bomb over the USA and starting WWIII.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

Donald Hamilton (novels), Oscar Saul (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Martin ... Matt Helm
Stella Stevens ... Gail Hendricks
Daliah Lavi ... Tina
Victor Buono ... Tung-Tze
Arthur O'Connell ... Joe Wigman
Robert Webber ... Sam Gunther
James Gregory ... MacDonald
Nancy Kovack ... Barbara
Roger C. Carmel ... Andreyev
Cyd Charisse ... Sarita
Beverly Adams ... Lovey Kravezit
Richard Devon ... Domino
David Bond ... Dr. Naldi
John Reach John Reach ... Traynor (scenes deleted)
Robert Phillips ... 1st Armed Man
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Storyline

In this, the first Matt Helm movie, we see Matt Helm coaxed out of semi-retirement by an attractive ex-partner. It seems that the evil Big O organization has a nefarious plan called "Operation: Fallout." If this plan comes to fruition, Big O will explode an atomic bomb over Alamogordo, NM, and start WWIII. Only Matt Helm can stop them. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El agente secreto Matt Helm See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,318,124, 31 December 1966
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Matt Helm (Dean Martin) is checking into the Phoenix Hotel and Andreyev (Roger C. Carmel) is lurking in the foreground, the hotel newsstand is immediately behind him. The newsstand shelf is lined with books from Donald Hamilton's Matt Helm series, on which the movie is based. See more »

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Quotes

Matt Helm: My name is Chump. Matt Chump.
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

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Soundtracks

Anniversary Song
Music by Iosif Ivanovici, arranged by Saul Chaplin, lyrics by Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin
Parody lyrics by Herbert Baker
Sung by Dean Martin
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This is not the Real Matt Helm!
14 April 2001 | by spacelordSee all my reviews

The Silencers was ostensively based on Donald Hamilton's novel featuring government assassin Matt Helm. Perhaps unfortunately, they took little more than the name of the title character and a few other characters from Hamilton's novel. In Hamilton's books Helm was a government assassin (code name: Eric) working for an unnamed government agency, who had a stronger resemblance to Sam Spade or Mike Hammer than James Bond. He was of Scandinavian descent and made a living writing Westerns between his service in WW II as a secret agent and his reactivation as such in the first novel (Death of a Citizen). I can imagine the surprise of fans of the novels when this movie came out! No hard nosed government assassin, Matt Helm in the movie is little more than Dean Martin doing his usual Dean Martin routine!

That having been said, I can't help liking the film. True, it's not Hamilton's Matt Helm, but it is a bit of Sixties camp that can be enjoyed on its own merits. The Dean Martin persona seems perfectly fitted for a poor man's "James Bond" and Stella Stevens is simply adorable. Probably my biggest complaint with the movie is the music, which is almost annoying. True, The Silencers is not a classic in the espionage genre (it's not even a classic in Bondian espionage genre), but it is a fun way to waste one's time.


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