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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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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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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

Late in the film, Matt Helm professes he "would rather fight than switch." This was an allusion to the tag line of a popular Tareyton cigarette advertisement of the era. See more »

Goofs

One of the guards is shot, and we see the exit wound on his back. But when he turns toward the camera, before falling, he shows that there is no corresponding entrance wound. See more »

Quotes

[after Gail had splashed water on Matt, she then spills a drink on him after falling over when he's lighting her cigarette]
Gail Hendrix: Oh, I'm terribly sorry.
Matt Helm: Yeah, I know you are.
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Soundtracks

The Last Roundup
Written by Billy Hill
Parody lyrics by Herbert Baker
Sung by Dean Martin
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Best of the Bond Alternatives
24 August 1999 | by MrVBSee all my reviews

This is the best Matt Helm film and along with the somewhat more serious Bulldog Drummond film, Deadlier Than The Male, one of the best tongue-in-cheek spy/adventure films ever made.

The production is breezy and entertaining, the direction is hilarious (Martin, Stella Stevens) and seductive (Daliah Lavi) and there are quite a few clever bits of strategy played out by all the characters.

Matt Helm likes his women but treats them with respect. The women, unlike in the Bond and Flint movies, are not just window dressing; They become integral to the plot.

The mixture of clever plot, sharp dialog and self-deprecating humor make this Bond alternative much more enjoyable than the pretentious, boring, self-congratulatory Flint films. Matt Helm wants to have a good time but knows when to get down to business.

Universal Pictures packages this film with the enjoyable film The Wrecking Crew. This package deserves to be part of any spy collection.


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