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The Corrupt Ones (1967)

Die Hölle von Macao (original title)
Spy accidentally gets an ancient treasure. Several corrupt groups try to steal it from him.

Director:

James Hill

Writers:

Ladislas Fodor (original story), Brian Clemens (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Stack ... Cliff Wilder
Elke Sommer ... Lilly Mancini
Nancy Kwan ... Tina
Christian Marquand ... Brandon
Maurizio Arena ... Danny
Richard Haller Richard Haller ... Kua-Song
Hans Heyde Hans Heyde ... Hugo (as Dean Heyde)
Ah Yue Lou Ah Yue Lou ... Chow (as Ah-Yue Lou)
Marisa Merlini ... Madame Vulcano
Rosemarie Stack ... Bar Patron (as Rosemary Bowe)
Werner Peters ... Pinto
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Spy accidentally gets an ancient treasure. Several corrupt groups try to steal it from him.

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The hunt for the Peking Medallion drew them to the deadliest city in the world! See more »

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Robert Stack takes his shirt off in this movie. See more »

Quotes

Cliff Wilder: Look, you don't like me and I'm not crazy about you, so we can afford to tell each other the truth.
Lilly Mancini: The truth is that he was a frightened man. But I didn't find that out until later.
Cliff Wilder: What happened in between?
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The Corrupt Ones
Lyrics by Buddy Kaye
Music by Georges Garvarentz
Sung by Dusty Springfield
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Absurdly fun
28 July 2006 | by servicedevice-1See all my reviews

This movie doesn't start out too promisingly, with a claustrophobic, ho-hum fight between two guys in a boxcar (oh boy, a fight in a boxcar!). Then, during the credits, a shot of the passing train actually includes a moment where the camera wobbles quite badly. "Oh God," I thought, "what kind of low-budget boredom am I in for?" As it turns out, the movie gathers itself like a train gathering speed, becoming more splashy, ridiculous, and rollicking as it goes along. And it is perhaps not too low-budget, either--it may not be Bond, but the sets are suitably exotic and eye-catching, with a rich, velvety decadence permeating the proceedings. Robert Stack is amusingly noxious as a freelance photographer who tries to kiss every woman who is trying to steal from him or kill him. Within seconds of meeting her. In fact, if you're a woman, he's probably trying to kiss you. That would include Elke Sommer, of course, but even more notable is Nancy Kwan, who steals the movie along with her bad guy enemy/ cohort Christian Marquand (he's the plantation owner in Apocalypse Now Redux). The plot is ridiculous, the finer points are ridiculous, and the movie would not be half as entertaining were it not so. For a movie largely known for the title track, sung by Dusty Springfield, a lot more fun than I expected.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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