Although perhaps not in the same top-flight league as "Rififi" and"Topkapi," "Gambit" is nevertheless an extremely entertaining heist moviethat features consistently fine performances, an amusing and twistyscript,and good production values. In this one, Caine hires MacLaine, who isworking as a dancehall girl in Hong Kong, to assist him in the purloiningofa priceless piece of sculpture, owned by Herbert Lom. This is not yourtypical heist film, however, and there is a twist right around the firsthalf-hour mark that really had me chuckling out loud...and I'm not an easyperson to make laugh out loud at movies, either. MacLaine plays one of herpatented loveable kooks in this film, and is ever so appealing. Caine, inhis first American production, plays it alternately cool and exasperated.Lom is surprisingly good as Shabhandar, one of the world's wealthiest men;his performance is both urbane and beautifully modulated. Good in smallerparts are two faces that classic "Star Trek" fans will recognize: JohnAbbott (an Organian) as the French art connoisseur, and Roger "Harry Mudd"Carmel as a hotel clerk. The heist itself is fairly suspenseful and, Isuppose, high-tech for its day. Both Caine and MacLaine display surprisingderring-do and quick thinking, and toward the finale of the film, thevieweris treated to at least three unexpected twists of plot. "Gambit," thus,offers good suspense, real wit, some romance, colorful locales, and fineacting. It is a real winner. If you're a fan of the heist movie, this onewill not disappoint. It's good, light, well-done fun, and infinitely moreentertaining than recent, "serious" caper films such as "The Score" and"Heist." Check it out!
Comedy / Crime
Comedy / Crime
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...
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