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The Ambushers (1967)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi | 22 December 1967 (USA)
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Secret agent Matt Helm must battle foreign spies and a rogue nation's exiled ruler in order to recover a hijacked U.S. government experimental flying saucer.

Director:

Henry Levin

Writers:

Donald Hamilton (book), Herbert Baker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Martin ... Matt Helm
Senta Berger ... Francesca Madeiros
Janice Rule ... Sheila Sommers
James Gregory ... MacDonald
Albert Salmi ... Jose Ortega
Kurt Kasznar ... Quintana
Beverly Adams ... Lovey Kravezit
David Mauro David Mauro ... Nassim
Roy Jenson ... Karl
John Brascia John Brascia ... Rocco
Linda Foster ... Linda
Tomiko Ishizuka Tomiko Ishizuka ... Slaygirl (as Yumiko Ishizuka)
Karin Feddersen ... Slaygirl (as Karin Fedderson)
Ulla Lindstrom Ulla Lindstrom ... Slaygirl
Marilyn Tindall ... Slaygirl
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Storyline

Without a doubt, there's a mole in the secret Intelligence and Counter Espionage agency. Right after the successful launch of the first state-of-the-art USAF flying saucer, the powerful tractor beam of a nefarious criminal organisation forces the experimental vessel to crash-land in the lush Central-American jungles. As a result, having no recollection of the mysterious incident, the amnesiac test pilot, Sheila Sommers, will have to join forces with the spy extraordinaire and suave photographer, Matt Helm, and travel to sun-kissed Acapulco to shed light on this thorny case. Nevertheless, their luxurious Mexican resort is rife with deadly traps and crafty double-agents, bent on stopping the prying intruders. Will Matt and Sheila unearth the dangerous conspiracy? Can they retrieve the top-secret spacecraft? Written by Nick Riganas

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Matt Helm rides again! ...with the Ambushers on his back, and some fun on the side! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emboscada a Matt Helm See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was Beverly Adams's final appearance as Matt's secretary, Lovey Kravezit. See more »

Goofs

Matt pulls his car off the road, pulls a lever resulting in a large inflatable tent. He unzips the flap and looking inside there's a circular bed, bedside table and fridge. He ushers Sheila in and follows. The inflatable items are now solid and in addition there are 2 chairs and there's a radio on the table. Cut to when they're in bed, which is now against one of the walls, they have proper pillows and the gold coloured cover is now a green blanket- when it was earlier seen in the car boot it was black or dark blue and by freeze framing it can be seen that thee are now magazines, a phone and a camera on the table. See more »

Quotes

MacDonald: If this works, the planets are next door. And the universe is just around the corner.
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Next in view, The Wrecking Crew See more »

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References Candid Camera (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ambushers
Lyrics by Herbert Baker
Music by Hugo Montenegro
Sung by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
Courtesy of A&M Records
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Disappointing
5 September 2009 | by gridoon2020See all my reviews

The third Matt Helm film - and easily the weakest up to this point. Though Maltin's BOMB rating seems a bit harsh - it IS watchable, after all - it's hard not to notice the drop-off in quality from its predecessor, "Murderers' Row". The villains are nobodies, the gadgets are not as cool as before (levitating gun < delayed / reverse firing gun), the climactic vehicular chase has worse rear projection than the Abbott and Costello movies, and the entire enterprise is slow, unexciting and drab. Bright spot: Janice Rule, who is the smartest Matt Helm assistant so far, and also closer to Dean Martin's age than Ann Margret or Stella Stevens, which makes their (professional and romantic) partnership more believable. Senta Berger has an interesting character, in the sense that you are not sure for a long time whose side she is working for, but ultimately she is underused. The movie's two best bits actually come at the very start (the catchy title song), and the very end (a funny Frank Sinatra gag). *1/2 out of 4.


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