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Gambit

4.3 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews

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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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  • 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
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  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033PSH5Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,727 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gambit" on IMDb

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By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 19, 2005
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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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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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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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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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By A Customer on 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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I waited for this one to come out on DVD for many years. It's the old 60s comedy film with Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine as a cat burglar and the dancer he hires for a very special reason, as you will come to find out if you haven't already seen it. They're great together. Really original plot line, fun to watch. I've viewed it at least a dozen times over the years. I heard that they made a remake in 2014 with Colin Firth (whom I love) and Cameron Diaz, but I haven't seen it yet. I just would find it hard to believe it's as good as the original though. Watch this version, you'll enjoy it.
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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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