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Gambit (2010)

Shirley MacLaine , Michael Caine , Ronald Neame  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine, Herbert Lom, Roger C. Carmel, Arnold Moss
  • Directors: Ronald Neame
  • Writers: Jack Davies, Alvin Sargent
  • Producers: Leo L. Fuchs
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033PSH5Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,212 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gambit" on IMDb

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Starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine, Gambit is a delightful yet deadly game of international cat-and-mouse. The fast-paced caper takes off in Hong Kong where a dapper English cat burglar (Caine) enlists the aid of a Eurasian dancer (MacLaine), to help him in an elaborate scheme to grab an age-old artifact from the heavily secured palace of a powerful Middle Eastern tycoon. Unfortunately, the foolproof scheme begins to backfire shortly after it starts and the duo must pull out all the stops if they hope to come out on top.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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In the 1960s Hollywood combined the classic "caper" film with a healthy dose of romantic comedy. The result was a series of charming films such as CHARADE (1963) and HOW TO STEAL A MILLION (1966)--films that combined major stars, clever plots, witty scripts and which balanced suspense with comic and romantic complications.

Made in 1966 and released in 1967, GAMBIT was among the last of these films, and like all others in the genre it had a complex plot. Ahmad Shahbandar (Herbert Lom) is quite possibly the richest man in the world and a recluse to boot, a man who has never gotten over the death of his beautiful Eurasian wife some twenty years ago. Harry Dean (Michael Caine) devises a clever plan to gain access to his luxury apartment and rob him blind: he will use honky-tonk dancer Nicole Chang (Shirley MacLaine), who bears a striking resemblance to Shahbandar's long dead wife, to breach Shahbandar's defenses.

There's only one problem: it won't work. To tell exactly why it won't work is to betray the plot, which is extremely clever; suffice to say that Dean has made a number of incorrect assumptions about both the situation and the personalities involved. When the plot begins to twist, it does so in a truly unexpected way, taking both Dean and the audience completely by surprise.

This is the sort of film that Hollywood used to do so well but which we seldom see today, a frothy, glamorous confection with first rate production values and expert performances from major stars.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuinely Fun Movie March 17, 2004
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Gambit shows us two superbly developing stars, Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine -- and in restrospect, you realize from watching this fine movie that they had what it takes, even back in the 1960s. Shirley was just superb as a street-wise nightclub dancer, and Michael was perfect as the crook with grand plans who never could seem to make things work just right. This is a funny film. Your kids will like it, if you can convince them to actually sit and watch it with you, and follow the plot. Gambit was a good precursor to Caine's best finagling movie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels... you can see where he got practice appearing frustrated, the way his plans with Shirley kept going off track.
Enjoy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining March 12, 1999
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An extremely amusing film.The first half is quite serious but the second half sweeps you off on a rollercoaster ride of humour,romance and sheer unpredictablity!My favourite line in the movie is when the millionaire asks what is said about amber Michael Caine doesn`t have a clue and tries to bluster his way out when Shirley Maclaine smiles sweetly and remarks coolly,"amber is the soul of the tiger trapped in stone" She is just lovely in it
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Gambit is a marvelous film full of style as well as substance. Much as I'd like to discuss the plot, I dare not because much of the film's special surprises stem directly from telling the plot. So just trust me when I say grab it- if for no other reason the exotic locales, Shirley MacLaine's beauty, charm, and smarts (not to mention the stunning wardrobe by costumer Jean Louis), and the fun interplay between MacLaine, relative newcomer Michael Caine, and the urbane and charming Herbert Lom. A perfect film for the Sunday afternoon you're not going anywhere.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Closed-Captioning or English Subtitles? August 31, 2010
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What happen to ADA requirement per in 2009 expecting increase % for Closed-Captioning or English Subtitle available in these DVDs?
I am bit disappointed when they released those kind of category Vault Series, other Warner Bros Archives dvds they don't carry Closed-Captioning or English subtitle.
I am Deaf and I know these could be great for people who want to watch it and they lost their hearing in later life. Also, Closed-Captioning is great for the loud places so you would not able to miss anything what it says on the movie. Please help the small minority of hearing loss by spreading awareness to put closed-captioning or English subtitles on every DVDs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gambit Gambit Gambit October 1, 2000
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This is an excellent comedy adventure film full of action and suspense. It's one of those heist movies that used to be popular. Ronald Neame tightly directed this film for full dramatic-comic impact. It contains an admirable score by Maurice Jarre. Not bad.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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A really fun little comedy with a number of unexpected twists. Extremely well played by Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine and Herbert Lom.
MacLaine is utterly delightful, giving us a nicely nuanced performance as a dancehall girl stuck in Hong Kong (that alone is something of a major feat in a comedy). Caine comes across as an inventive and low-tech, if not very physical, James Bond wannabe. Lom does a very nice job as the intended mark and gives a performance far superior to those in the Pink Panther series.
Most of the action takes place in the Middle East (without terrorists, explosions or gunfire). The con game involves a plan, a statue, a deceased wife and a doppelganger.
Sit back and enjoy. This is a delight.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I remember this movie from my teenage years and
I remember this movie from my teenage years and LOVED it ... so I rented it for 24 hours to watch with my adult daughter ... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Film
This is really a terrific film, filled with intriguing twists and turns. Acting by Caine and MacLaine is terrific. Cast is well selected and the story is very appealing. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gambit Widescreen
Although it comes with no special features or even a menu, this movie looks great! It is in widescreen and played without a hitch! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas H Rademacher
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very HD
It's an entertaining film but to call it HD is stretching it. I'd barely call it SD. I was viewing initially on a 55" screen but found the quality unacceptable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Boyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Great old movie
This is a fun, complex heist caper movie. Shirley McClain is beautiful and an excellent actor. Michael Cain is a worthy supporting actor. The story is timless and engaging. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ed gooch
4.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of movie history
This nice example of early work by Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine is being remade for release this fall. I wanted to see the original before the new version comes out. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Don Whiting
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly entertaining
The chemistry between Miss Maclaine and Mr Caine is electrifying. Perfectly casted and thoroughly entertaining! I wish movies of this caliber were produced today.
Published 7 months ago by Ernest J. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous
I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys an action and suspenseful film. This isn't the type of film that can be compared to Mission Impossible, for example, but it is a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Farzeen Farooq
4.0 out of 5 stars This Plan is ALMOST perfect.......oops!
Shirley Maclaine and Michael Caine come together in this zany caper film to pull off the heist of a lifetime. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mt Blanc
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Clever--And Shirley's Legs!
In the caper category, 1964's TOPKAPI probably remains the classic example of the genre. But this sleek gem that came along in 1966 I would vote a close second. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gary Lee
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Is this widescreen or not?
I'll wait for that answer, myself. I like the movie enough to want to own it. But I want to be sure I'm getting the full widescreen version.
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