The Wrecking Crew (1968)

The Wrecking Crew

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Cahiers du Cinema favorite Phil Karlson may have directed the "Matt Helm" extravaganza The Wrecking Crew, but the only "auteur" around these parts is star Dean Martin, coasting through yet another sexy spy romp. This time, secret agent Helm must prevent a billion-dollar gold hijacking, masterminded by the unspeakable Count Massimo Contini (Nigel Green). Aiding and abetting our hero is all-thumbs Scandinavian spy Freya Carlson (a brilliant comic turn by the late Sharon Tate). Sidebar: future … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
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Written By: William P. McGivern
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On DVD: Dec 6, 2005
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Cast


as Matt Helm

as Linka Karensky

as Freya Carlson

as Wen Yu-Rang

as Count Massimo Contin...

as Lola Medina

as MacDonald

as Toki

as Miss Natural Gas

as Bartender

as Kelly

as Desk Clerk

as (uncredited)

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Critic Reviews for The Wrecking Crew

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Wrecking Crew

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.

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