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Gambit (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 7 January 1967 (USA)
An English cat burglar needs a Eurasian dancer's help to pull off the perfect heist, but even the most foolproof schemes have a way of backfiring.

Director:

Ronald Neame

Writers:

Jack Davies (screenplay), Alvin Sargent (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shirley MacLaine ... Nicole
Michael Caine ... Harry
Herbert Lom ... Shahbandar
Roger C. Carmel ... Ram
Arnold Moss ... Abdul
John Abbott ... Emile
Richard Angarola ... Colonel Salim
Maurice Marsac ... Hotel Clerk
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Storyline

Cockney cat burglar Harry Dean needs Hong Kong dancer Nicole Chang's help to pull off the perfect heist. With a simple makeover and a new wardrobe; Nicole's resemblance to wealthy recluse Mr. Shahbandar's late wife is uncanny. While Shahbandar is distracted by the mesmerizing Nicole, Harry takes steps to swipe a priceless artifact from under the tycoon's nose. But even the most foolproof schemes have a way of backfiring. Written by L. Hamre

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Go ahead - tell the ending - it's too hilarious to keep secret - but please don't tell the beginning! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Arabic

Release Date:

7 January 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Mädchen aus der Cherry-Bar See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine appeared in Woman Times Seven (1967) and Bewitched (2005). See more »

Goofs

It seems that Harry had no real idea how to get the statue out of the cage, since Nicole's appearance wasn't planned. See more »

Quotes

Nicole Chang: I'm sorry, Émile. It's for the best. I'm sure you can find something honest to do with all that old Mongolian clay.
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Connections

Featured in Coin Heist (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Für Elise, WoO 59
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Forgotten comedy thriller
24 March 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Michael Caine uses flighty Shirley MacLaine to hopefully steal something from Herbert Lom--the richest man in the world.

That's about all you need to know. This is a fun movie--nothing too serious about it. It's very colorful with some beautiful settings and outfits (get the white dress MacLaine wears). The script is sharp and sometimes very funny. MacLaine is full of life and fun in her role--quite an accomplishment since she has nothing to work with. Caine (a great actor) seems strangely muted in his role. Lom is having a fun time with his part. The comedy mixes very well with the action (MacLaine comes off best) and there are some really neat twists and turns at the end (although I saw the last one coming). This isn't an acting film--just a film to sit back with, turn off your brain and enjoy! Strangely this is pretty unknown--I didn't even now it existed till it turned up on TV unannounced! Well worth catching.


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