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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 »


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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To create the effect of Sheila's half orange, half purple dress and skirt being unzipped by the villain's gadget, thin wires were attached to the zippers on actress Janice Rule's clothes and then pulled on by off camera crewmen, effectively stripping the actress while leaving her clad only in a strapless slip. 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

Matt Helm: Where are you from?
Francesca Madeiros: The bar.
Matt Helm: The bar...
[laughs]
Matt Helm: I got relatives there.
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Crazy Credits

Next in view, The Wrecking Crew See more »

Connections

Followed by The Wrecking Crew (1968) 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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A must see for Austin Powers fans
24 January 2006 | by hoosierwoodSee all my reviews

Some think this is the worst. I say it is the best. A must see Austin Powers fans. Matt Helm inspired the rotating round bed. This movie had the gun in the bra (Fembots) and the Arab assassin. Co-star Janic Rule was great as a fellow agent. The dialog was like Steed and Miss Peale. Better than the past Helm females that were comic relief. The story was put together well, a bit silly about a flying saucer that only women can operate, but the plot line was solid. Not much filler action or girl scenes. Great location shot and the jazzed Mexican background music fit just right. Good action scene in the beer factory. The lifting machines used to lift kegs may have inspired the fight in the Alien film. A fun film.


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