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The Ambushers (1967)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi | 1 March 1968 (Australia)
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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Matt Helm
... Francesca Madeiros
... Sheila Sommers
... MacDonald
... Jose Ortega
... Quintana
... Lovey Kravezit
David Mauro ... Nassim
... Karl
John Brascia ... Rocco
... Linda
Tomiko Ishizuka ... Slaygirl (as Yumiko Ishizuka)
Karin Feddersen ... Slaygirl (as Karin Fedderson)
Ulla Lindstrom ... Slaygirl
... Slaygirl
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A government space saucer is hijacked mid-flight by a powerful laser beam under the control of Jose Ortega, who then proceeds to rape the female pilot, Sheila Sommars. ICE sends agent Matt Helm to Acapulco with Sheila to recover the saucer, under the guise of Matt taking fashion photographs of beautiful models. Matt is temporarily side-tracked, falling prey to the seductive charms of enemy agent Franceca Madeiros. Written by <slaygirl@sexydeath.com>

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


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1 March 1968 (Australia)  »

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Emboscada a Matt Helm  »

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$10,000,000, 31 December 1968
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The music played during the first and last scene involving Matt Helm was Dean Martin's 1964 hit Everybody loves Somebody Sometimes. It was Dean Martin's only song that topped the Billboard Hot 100 during the 60's. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the entire film you can see the wires that are used to lift things and people up whenever the "anti-gravity ray" is used. This is especially obvious in the scenes where the saucer is brought down to the jungle and when Matt rescues Sheila from the runaway train wagon. See more »

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Lovey Kravezit: Mr. Helm, I just this second got here.
[Sees the masseuse]
Lovey Kravezit: Oh, am I interrupting anything?
Matt Helm: No, she's just a masseuse.
Lovey Kravezit: Ah.
[Camera pans to Lovey's mini-dress]
Lovey Kravezit: I think I've got everything you want.
Matt Helm: Yeah!
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Next in view, The Wrecking Crew See more »

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Referenced in Die schlechtesten Filme aller Zeiten: Mister Dynamit (2017) 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 See 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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