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The Wrecking Crew Reviews

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½ October 28, 2015
another sexxxy spy romp for Dino
½ July 11, 2014
Heavily styled spy comedy, or a spoof of James Bond if you prefer. It's the fourth in a series of at least five Dean Martin was supposed to appear in, and the closing credits give the name of the fifth which was ultimately never made due to both financial and macabre reasons.
March 29, 2014
A childhood fave, love all the Matt Helm series films. With Sharon Tate, Tina Louise & Elke Sommer
Super Reviewer
November 29, 2013
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.
November 24, 2013
The fourth and final Mat Helm spy film, with Dean Martin again returning as the Austin Powers-like super spy. The film was directed by Phil Karlson, who I always thought was an underrated action director (though you wouldn't know it from this film). Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate, Nancy Kwan and Tina Louise provide fodder for Dino's strange charms. Look fast for Chuck Norris in a bar scene and Bruce Lee actually served as the "karate advisor" on the film even though you'd never guess it by the rather standard fight scenes, but I'll cut Bruce a break since Dino was not really famous for his martial arts prowess.
November 23, 2013
Best movie ever! Action! Stunts! Fantastic fight choreography....can't believe James Bond movies were more popular. LOVE Matt Helms.
September 6, 2013
52-year old Martin was so full of nicotine, he could barely put one foot in front of the other without getting winded, much less roundhouse kick anyone. Tate was hot. Kwan was even more gorgeous. The soundtrack is amazing. Unfortunately, the plot of the movie is never convincing enough to allow full immersion. Too embarrassingly 60s randy. Weak story, pains me to say. Very little believable. Even Martin's charm was not enough to carry this.
½ October 8, 2011
November 25, 2010
The last one (and maybe the worst) of the Matt Helm series. Sharon Tate is really annoying.
November 13, 2010
He drinks. He smokes. He beds or attempts to bed a bunch of pretty young women. Oh, and there's something about some bad guys doing some bad stuff or something. Groovy music and goofy humor fill in the gaps. It's a Matt Helm film. If you've seen the others, you know what to expect.
July 6, 2010
A bit better then The Ambushers. at least it's not so mysoginist, The Wrecking Crew features Dean Martin in his final appearance as Matt Helm (They promised another one, but that never materialized) fighting off a evil villian who steals half a billion in gold. It's up to Helm and a goofy female sidekick (played by Sharon Tate) to get rid of him and his gang of baddies, both male and female. This episode tries to mix in more action with the girlie action, and it succeeds. Still, I think this is the weakest of the lot. The Ambushers was just very very sexist, and Murderer's Row had the smoking Ann-Margret. Not to say Sharon Tate is hot. It's just a little weird seeing her her, in her pentultimate performance.
April 29, 2010
Martin playing a James Bind type ......with a side of spoof good stuff
½ March 10, 2009
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.
½ November 6, 2008
I remember loving these as a kid - they're still a lot of fun!
August 6, 2008
This a really good James Bond style spoof, it's played a bit more straight than the Flint movies but not much, it's fun.
February 1, 2008
Probably the silliest bond/spy parody series from the 60s. Last of 4 movies VERY loosely based on the hard cord Matt Helm thrillers, all starting Dean Martin.
Along with the Derek Flint movies, one of the inspirations for Austin Powers.
January 29, 2008
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.
½ December 11, 2007
I saw the Matt Helms out of order and began with this one, at around age six. It’s still the one I judge the others by. Of course, I remember it as a fun actioner (be careful of the floor on trains!); today, seeing bits of it again, I realize that it’s corny and a poor way to cash in on the spy craze. I also realize this is one of Sharon Tate’s last films. Dino plays a guy called Matt Helm who is playing at being Dean Martin, so it’s nothing to do with the Hamilton books. Still, there’s nothing like a cartoon script with the odd Dino tune thrown in, much like my real life.
October 15, 2007
"The Wrecking Crew" is a super campy 60's spy flick starring Dean Martin and the lovely Sharon Tate. It is also the last film in the Matt Helm series. Supposedly, Dean Martin wanted to do another Matt Helm movie with Sharon Tate, but sadly that was not to be.
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