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The Wrecking Crew (1968)

Gold bullion worth USD 1 billion has been stolen from a hijacked train in Denmark. The main suspect is Count Massimo Contini. The US government sends Matt Helm, one of its top agents, to investigate and recover the gold.

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Phil Karlson

Writers:

Donald Hamilton (novel), William P. McGivern (screenplay) (as William McGivern)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dean Martin ... Matt Helm
Elke Sommer ... Linka Karensky
Sharon Tate ... Freya Carlson
Nancy Kwan ... Yu-Rang
Nigel Green ... Count Massimo Contini
Tina Louise ... Lola Medina
John Larch ... MacDonald
John Brascia John Brascia ... Karl
Weaver Levy Weaver Levy ... Kim
Wilhelm von Homburg ... Gregor
Bill Saito Bill Saito ... Ching
Fuji Fuji ... Toki
Pepper Martin ... Frankie
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Guard (as Ted H. Jordan)
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Storyline

The count has stolen enough gold to cause a financial crisis in the world markets so I.C.E. sends in ace spy Matt Helm to stop him. As Matt works alone, the British send in Freya to aid Matt, but it seems that Freya causes more problems than she solves. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Matt Helm's final assignment is a blast! See more »


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Rated PG for sensuality, violence and some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1969 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The House of Seven Joys See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Bruce Lee was the martial arts adviser for this film. He also was brought in to train and teach Sharon Tate with her martial arts scenes. See more »

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After Matt and Freya are in bed and accidentally trip the emergency brake on the train, they are thrown out of bed towards the camera. The wires suspending them are visible. See more »

Quotes

Lord Hardwicke: Gentlemen, unless we get that gold on Monday by noon, the pound will be worthless.
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Coming Up Next The Ravagers See more »

Alternate Versions

UK video version was cut by 6 secs by the BBFC to remove an ear-clap for a PG certificate. See more »


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Performed by Dean Martin
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Better Matt Helm Flick Than The Previous 2 !!!
26 October 2000 | by Kelt SmithSee all my reviews

Much better than the previous 2 Matt Helm films, but not as good as the first, THE SILENCERS. THE WRECKING CREW was directed by PHIL KARLSON as was the first Matt Helm movie 3 years earlier. This time around, Matt Helm (DEAN MARTIN) is sent to Denmark to immobilize Count Contini (NIGEL GREEN) who has hijacked a fortune in gold bullion. Assisting Helm is eager, but bumbling Freya Carlson (SHARON TATE). Freya is more of a hindrance than a help however. Contini's former flame Lola Medina (TINA LOUISE)is willing to provide pertinent information to Helm, for a cut of the action. She is killed though before she can tell him anything by a bomb laden bottle of scotch placed in her bar by Contini's current paramour Linka (ELKE SOMMER). Another beauty in the Count's arsenal is Yu Rang (NANCY KWAN). Contini tries to buy Helm off, but when that is unsuccessful, resorts to a dozen lame brained attempts to murder him. Will Helm triumph over the evil Count Contini ? What do you think ? One of the reasons that this movie is better than the previous 2 is that Helm is giving a female sidekick that is funny. As in THE SILENCERS where you had klutzy Gale Hendricks (STELLA STEVENS), here you have Freya (SHARON TATE) in a similar role. Neither MURDERERS ROW, nor THE AMBUSHERS had that. And TATE, although only 25 when this was made, showed very funny comedic ability. The production dollars spent appear less than in all 3 prior Helm flicks. In a scene where Helm is sparring with one of Contini's men outside of the Count's chateau, the artificial grass fold up like a rug. The interior sets look like something from a porno movie. The fight scenes are slow, and obvious. At 51, MARTIN was getting a little old for this kind of thing. Plus, JAMES BOND aside, ersatz "Spy Films" were on their way out. If you watch the credits at the end, you'll see a notice that states : Matt Helm will be back in THE RAVAGERS. Alas, it was not to be. This genre had run its gamut and what a schmaltzy time it was !!!


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