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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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What they do together is a crime! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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

Shirley MacLaine does not speak until twenty-nine minutes into this movie. 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: My husband never shows his emotions. He's English, you know.
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Connections

Featured in Premio Donostia a Michael Caine (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Für Elise, WoO 59
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Consistently entertaining
3 August 2002 | by fletch5See all my reviews

Nicole (Shirley MacLaine) works as a dancer is some shabby night club in Hong Kong. She is approached by Harry Dean (Michael Caine), a young cockney thief, who has thought out a brilliant plan to steal an invaluable piece of sculpture. The trick is that Nicole happens to be a spitten image of the late, beloved wife of multimillionaire Ahmad Shahbandar (Herbert Lom) who owns the sculpture.

"Gambit" is a consistently entertaining crime comedy with engaging performances from the principal actors. MacLaine in particular is rather impressive as the beautiful accomplice who keeps making difficult questions but can also be quite resourceful when needed. The plot contains a couple of neat twists and Ronald Neame's direction leaves no dead moments in the film. Also features a pleasing score by Maurice Jarre.


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