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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 Karin Feddersen ... Slaygirl (as Karin Fedderson)
Ulla Lindstrom Ulla Lindstrom ... Slaygirl
Marilyn Tindall ... Slaygirl
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Storyline

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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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, 31 December 1968
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Quotes

MacDonald: Have you ever seen a flying saucer?
Matt Helm: Is that your way of offering me a drink?
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Next in view, The Wrecking Crew See more »

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Referenced in Movin' with Nancy (1967) 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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Third and Third Best
23 March 2017 | by sparksnationtwoSee all my reviews

This is a serviceable western comedy film. It's the third movie in the Helm series of movies and I remember watching them as a child. I loved the first one but the next two had a pretty big drop off in quality, especially this movie, which is not just third chronologically but third in quality.

Dean Martin is funny like always but the movie just seems cheaper. The love interest is very good but the story is by the numbers and just more of the same. Particularly cheap looking are shots with a green screen effect (back in those days they actually just screened a film behind them) which looks just tacky and awful.

The gadgets aren't as fun either, it's like they ran out of the good ideas in the first two films. Still it's fun with some great gags and we didn't get bored watching it so I give it a 6. Probably a tad generous.


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