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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.


Phil Karlson


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


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 Is Alive And Well And Swinging In Copenhagen--So Far! See more »

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

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Did You Know?


Exteriors at 141 S. Carolwood Drive in Holmby Hills were used for the chateau owned by the Count Contini character. Built in 1936 the estate was known as 'Owlwood'. Co-founder of 20th Century Fox Studios 'Joseph Schenck', Tony Curtis and Sonny Bono & his then wife Cher are some of the famous people who have owned the estate over the years. At the time 'The Wrecking Crew' was made the place was owned by Tony Curtis who was friends with Dean Martin and Sharon Tate both of whom starred in the film. See more »


After throwing one of his 'grenades', Matt Helm leaps over a hedge and lands on a lawn which is a stunt mat that ripples as he moves on it. See more »


Freya Carlson: I was told to work directly under you and you refused to cooperate.
Matt Helm: You say that again and I'm gonna teach you to watch your language.
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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 »


My Melancholy Baby
Written by Ernie Burnett and lyrics by George A. Norton
(alternate lyrics)
Performed by Dean Martin
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One of the better Matt Helm films
8 December 2005 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

Count Massimo Contini (Nigel Green) is the mastermind behind a billion dollar gold robbery. His plan is to send the world markets into chaos. He may get away with it unless Matt Helm (Dean Martin) can track down the missing gold. But along the way, Helm will meet up the Count's hired muscle, a gorgeous female killer, and a ditsy woman who insists on helping him.

I suppose the best way to describe a Matt Helm film would be a light and breezy spoof of the James Bond movies. Nothing is very serious and you're sure that everything will work out in the end. Dean Martin plays Matt Helm about as laid back as could be imagined. Instead of a gun, you're more likely to see him with a drink in one hand, a cigarette in the other, a beautiful woman to ogle, and a quick quip. His fights scenes may leave a lot to be desired, but there's no denying his "cool".

The Wrecking Crew is actually one of the better Matt Helm films. The hiding place of the gold is ingenious, the spy gadgets are plentiful, and the women are everywhere. The cast is one of the better assembled for any of these films. Nigel Green and Elke Sommer make a wonderful pair as the distinguished master criminal and the sexy killer (roles very similar to the ones they played in 1966's Deadlier Than the Male). But Sharon Tate really shines as the ditsy Freya Carlson. It's incredibly sad to think that this would be Tate's last role before her brutal murder. She's a joy and a real pleasure to watch.

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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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