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The Wrecking Crew (1968)

Gold bullion worth USD 1 billion has been stolen from a hijacked train in Denmark. The main suspect is Count Massimo Contini. The US government sends Matt Helm, one of its top agents, to investigate and recover the gold.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

Donald Hamilton (novel), William P. McGivern (screenplay) (as William McGivern)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dean Martin ... Matt Helm
Elke Sommer ... Linka Karensky
Sharon Tate ... Freya Carlson
Nancy Kwan ... Wen Yu-Rang
Nigel Green ... Count Massimo Contini
Tina Louise ... Lola Medina
John Larch ... MacDonald
John Brascia John Brascia ... Karl
Weaver Levy Weaver Levy ... Kim
Wilhelm von Homburg ... Gregor
Bill Saito Bill Saito ... Ching
Fuji Fuji ... Toki
Pepper Martin ... Frankie
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Guard (as Ted H. Jordan)
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Storyline

The count has stolen enough gold to cause a financial crisis in the world markets so I.C.E. sends in ace spy Matt Helm to stop him. As Matt works alone, the British send in Freya to aid Matt, but it seems that Freya causes more problems than she solves. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Matt Helm's final assignment is a blast! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sensuality, violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Dean Martin was so distraught over the murder of his The Wrecking Crew (1968) co-star and friend Sharon Tate in August 1969, six months after the movie was released, then still playing in theatres in the US and opening internationally, that he abandoned the next already announced "Matt Helm" motion picture series installment (to be titled "The Ravagers") and never played the character again. This is contrary to the widely held opinion that the series ended due to poor reviews and box office. See more »

Goofs

A billion dollars in gold is exponentially more than would fit on a single train car which has a max weight of less than a couple hundred tons. See more »

Quotes

Matt Helm: [singing] I know why I've waited, Know why I've been blue, Prayed each night for a roommate, Exactly like you.
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Crazy Credits

Coming Up Next The Ravagers See more »

Alternate Versions

UK video version was cut by 6 secs by the BBFC to remove an ear-clap for a PG certificate. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

On the Sunny Side of the Street
(alternate lyrics)
Written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
Performed by Dean Martin
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Catchy tunes & swingin' chicks
14 November 2003 | by anawesomemoviefanaticSee all my reviews

I have not seen any of the other Matt Helm films, first off. My main reason for getting this film was that Sharon Tate was in it. I think it's safe to say that, out of her very brief acting career, her role in "The Wrecking Crew" is her best out of all her films. In all her other roles she played the blonde sex kitten with little to do but smile pretty for the camera. In this film, however, she gets the chance to shine as a tough yet sexy, red-haired secret agent who assists Dean Martin's Matt Helm in apprehending a group of gold thieves. The plot is ridiculous, Dean Martin looks more than a little out of it, and the sets and music are bursting with such an infectious '60s vibe that you just have to love it in all of its corniness. That title song is stuck in my head for weeks after I watch the movie - and I love it! Don't miss the catfight between Sharon and Nancy Kwan, as well as Sharon's jaw-dropping booty-shake dance sequence. Oh man, what a babe.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1968 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

The House of Seven Joys See more »

Filming Locations:

Idyllwild, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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