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The Karate Killers (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 7 April 1967 (USA)
U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin battle T.H.R.U.S.H. spies to seize Dr. True's secret chemical formula used in extracting gold from sea water.


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Norman Hudis (screenplay), Boris Ingster (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Vaughn ... Napoleon Solo (archive footage)
David McCallum ... Illya Kuryakin (archive footage)
Joan Crawford ... Amanda True (archive footage)
Curd Jürgens ... Carl Von Kesser (archive footage) (as Curt Jurgens)
Herbert Lom ... Randolph (archive footage)
Telly Savalas ... Count Valeriano De Fanzini (archive footage)
Terry-Thomas ... Constable (archive footage)
Leo G. Carroll ... Alexander Waverly (archive footage)
Kim Darby ... Sandy True (archive footage)
Diane McBain ... Contessa Margo De Fanzini (archive footage)
Jill Ireland ... Imogen Smythe (archive footage)
Danielle De Metz ... Yvonne (archive footage)
Irene Tsu ... Reikko (archive footage)
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Dr. Simon True (archive footage)
Philip Ahn ... Sazami Kyushu (archive footage)


U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin travel around the globe in an effort to track down a secret formula that was divided into four parts and left by a dying scientist with his four daughters, all of whom live in different countries. Evil THRUSH agent Randolph also wants the formula, and is aided by his karate-chopping henchmen. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Release Date:

7 April 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Five Daughters Affair See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film was previously seen on NBC@10:00 p.m. (EST), Friday, March 31 and Friday, April 7, 1966 as the 87th & 88th episodes of "Man from U.N.C.L.E., The" (1964), "The Five Daughters Affair" (Parts 1 and 2). See more »


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Bland From UNCLE
24 March 2014 | by flapdoodle64See all my reviews

As the administrator of the Facebook UNCLE page, and having seen all of S1 and S2 of Man From UNCLE via DVD, I consider myself a fan of the series. But even as a fan, I cannot say this is a good film in any way. Too bad, a number of good actors such as Herbert Lom, Joan Crawford, Kim Darby, Telly Savalas and the smoking hot Jill Ireland appear in this film, a spliced-together 2 part MFU adventure.

Also a shame, seeing as there is a fun opening sequence with a squadron of Wallis WA-116 type autogyros that attack Our Heroes as they drive the Pirhanna UNCLE car...as an autogyro aficionado, this sequence was released two months before the 007 'Little Nellie' autogyro sequence in 'You Only Live Twice.' There should be more autogyros in cinema, but they still don't save this picture.

It's mostly a bunch of short, uninteresting vignettes, and very silly fight scenes featuring a bunch of goons in matching outfits, similar to the goons you'd see on the Batman show, working for Penguin or the Riddler.

The most silly fight takes place in a night club, where the mostly forgotten bubble-gum band 'Every Mother's Son' performs...apparently MGM owned this group and used this film for cross-promotional purposes. Which pretty much sums up this film...just cashing in before the gravy train dried up. Vaughn and McCallum, who usually had a good chemistry together and had high individual appeal, seem to be phoning in their appearances...it might have been my imagination, but I swear it looked as if they were each wondering if their respective agents had been getting calls lately, or whether he should invest in a restaurant.

If you are not familiar with the MFU series, you should know that Seasons 1 & 2 of that show were generally good (and a few excellent) but from Season 3 onward there were serious problems. This movie is from two Season 3 episodes, and Season 3 was the nadir of this series.

The good episodes of MFU have cleverness, fun and some kind of a point to them....but this doesn't, and worse, it's a double-length waste of time, as opposed to just one misfire of an episode.

I DVR'd this last time it was on the TCM cable network, it having been a while since I'd seen an MFU episode. Frankly, I would have been better off going the library or video rental store and watching another episode.

This film is only of interest for die-hard UNCLE fans, or for college students drinking cheap beer to watch on a Saturday afternoon so they can jeer at it. If you've never seen MFU, this is not a good introduction to the series. This is sad, seeing as MFU is almost never shown even on cable TV.

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