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The Looters (1967)

Estouffade à la Caraïbe (original title)
Morgan, a lapsed burglar, is drugged and shanghaied on board a yacht by beautiful Colleen. When he comes to, the athletic young man learns that Colleen and her friends want him to break ... See full summary »

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Jacques Besnard

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Michel Lebrun (adaptation), Pierre Foucaud (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frederick Stafford ... Sam Morgan
Jean Seberg ... Colleen O'Hara
Serge Gainsbourg ... Clyde
Maria-Rosa Rodriguez Maria-Rosa Rodriguez ... Estella
Mario Pisu Mario Pisu ... Patrick O'Hara
Paul Crauchet ... Valdés
Fernand Bellan Fernand Bellan ... Targo
Vittorio Sanipoli ... Kosta
César Torres César Torres ... Miguel
Marco Guglielmi Marco Guglielmi ... Dietrich
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karamoko Cisse Karamoko Cisse ... (as Cisse Karamoko)
José Noguéro José Noguéro
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Storyline

Morgan, a lapsed burglar, is drugged and shanghaied on board a yacht by beautiful Colleen. When he comes to, the athletic young man learns that Colleen and her friends want him to break open the vaults of a Carribean island where a ruthless dictator has deposited a treasure stolen from his people. Despite the way he has been treated, Morgan accepts the mission. The group, supported by local resistant fighters, storm the fortress, but Colleen's father gets killed during the attack. The treasure is finally retrieved and is returned to the people. Morgan and Colleen will say yes to each other for better or for worse. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Official Sites:

Gaumont [France]

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 August 1967 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Alta Tensão nas Caraíbas See more »

Filming Locations:

Colombia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film's two main stars, Frederick Stafford and Jean Seberg, both died in the summer of 1979: Stafford was killed in a collision of two aircraft above Lake Sarnen, Switzerland on July 28, 1979 at the age of 51 while Seberg died of a barbiturate overdose, which was later ruled a probable suicide, on August 30, 1979 at the age of 40. See more »

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Very average Euro spy B-movie: Could be worse, could be better
29 July 2007 | by VanheesBenoitSee all my reviews

Frederick Stafford plays the role of a notorious safe cracker. He has been involved in the biggest bank robberies across the world. Since he never got caught, he's not slowly but surely rotting away in La Santé or Wandsworth, but enjoying his 'retirement' in the Caribbean. But well, with such a reputation as his, it's difficult to remain incognito. So, one day he gets involuntarily dragged into a plot by a local rebel group, to overthrow a ruthless dictator.

The plan is simple: steal all the gold contained in the treasury department of the fictitious island. The execution is a little bit more complex: the rebels will have to neutralize the praetorian guard of the little Hitler, but they also need Stafford to crack the state of the art safe. Flatly refusing doesn't seem to be an option, so he very reluctantly agrees to help them. However, after having met the daughter of one of the rebel leaders (Jean Seberg), he's getting a little bit more enthusiastic.

The principal actors are quite good. The presence of French singer/composer Serge Gainsbourg in this movie though is absolutely NOT a nice bonus: he's playing a very irritating, chimp-like character. The 'Caribbean' locations are of course very nice, but the plot is relatively bleak, uninteresting, and at no time nail-biting. The weakest part are the dialogs, which are poor, wooden, humorless... So this movie really is miles away from Bond, and light years away from 'The spy who came in from the cold' !


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