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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Very good movie - enjoyed it completely. Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine at their best. I loved the end - so many movies have poor endings.Published 1 month ago by Spress
It was filmed in 1966 but holds up extremely well. Great comedy.Published 1 month ago by Susan F. Gomez
This film is lots of fun. It is romantic, mysterious, surprising (is it ever!), and all done with the truly creative gift of skill. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sheila Todd
I've always loved this movie, could watch it again and againPublished 8 months ago by Karen E Harrington
An excellent escapade unraveled before our eyes. Thoroughly enjoyable.Published 10 months ago by Francie
If you like Shirley MacLaine your Going to love this movie.Published 10 months ago by Carlton H Coolidge
i remember when this movie first came out and how i enjoyed it, was happy to purchase this video after so many years since the last time i saw this film. Read morePublished 11 months ago by sallystar