The Wrecking Crew (1968)
The Wrecking Crew (1968)
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as Matt Helm
as Linka Karensky
as Freya Carlson
as Wen Yu-Rang
as Count Massimo Contin...
as Lola Medina
as Miss Natural Gas
as Desk Clerk
as Gadget Agent for I.C...
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Fluffy day glo spy spoof for those who don"t take their action/adventure too seriously. Dean Martin plays the part of Matt Helm with his typical laid back swagger which is just right for the featherweight material. Not as reliant on gadgetry as the 007 series, probably due to budgetary restraints, this still has some cool set pieces and that swingin' 60's atmosphere. It also has that same 60's sensibility to it's female characters namely viewing them as sex objects and little else, if you're willing to take that into consideration before viewing this is a pleasant way to pass a little time. Aside from Dean the cast is full of beautiful women. Two of those knockouts, Tina Louise, fresh from Gilligan's Island, is in and out of the film in under ten minutes, and Nancy Kwan's part doesn't require much more than her looking great in psychedelic dresses and doing karate chops. It's the other two ladies who make an impact despite the script's rather weak efforts to provide them with anything to work with. Elke Sommer, phenomenally beautiful, manages to be silkily devilish in one stunning outfit after another. The real standout is Sharon Tate as the klutzy but endearing Freya Carlson. This was the tragic beauty's penultimate role before her murder and coupled with her amusing performance in the previous year's Don't Make Waves it shows that she had a very real talent for comedy add into that her lovely looks and she could have had a solid career ahead of her as a glamorous comedienne.
My favourite of the silly Helm movies. None of the films are great by any stretch of the imagination, but they are fun.
And here, one of the main reasons for this film being enjoyable is the stunningly beautiful Sharon Tate who manages to convey girlish innocence with the edge of the femme fatale here. She frankly steals every scene she's in. As for Deano, he's firmly into his seemingly 24/7 inebriated gimmick here; a persona that would take him right through the 70s.
So, fun and light. See it for the late Sharon Tate in her prime.
Dean Martin wanted to do more Matt Helm until he had found out in what happened to Sharon Tate, he was heart-broken over her loss and her senseless murder.
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