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The Ambushers (1967)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi | 22 December 1967 (USA)
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Secret agent Matt Helm must battle foreign spies and a rogue nation's exiled ruler in order to recover a hijacked U.S. government experimental flying saucer.

Director:

Henry Levin

Writers:

Donald Hamilton (book), Herbert Baker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Martin ... Matt Helm
Senta Berger ... Francesca Madeiros
Janice Rule ... Sheila Sommers
James Gregory ... MacDonald
Albert Salmi ... Jose Ortega
Kurt Kasznar ... Quintana
Beverly Adams ... Lovey Kravezit
David Mauro David Mauro ... Nassim
Roy Jenson ... Karl
John Brascia John Brascia ... Rocco
Linda Foster ... Linda
Tomiko Ishizuka Tomiko Ishizuka ... Slaygirl (as Yumiko Ishizuka)
Karin Feddersen ... Slaygirl (as Karin Fedderson)
Ulla Lindstrom Ulla Lindstrom ... Slaygirl
Marilyn Tindall ... Slaygirl
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Storyline

Without a doubt, there's a mole in the secret Intelligence and Counter Espionage agency. Right after the successful launch of the first state-of-the-art USAF flying saucer, the powerful tractor beam of a nefarious criminal organisation forces the experimental vessel to crash-land in the lush Central-American jungles. As a result, having no recollection of the mysterious incident, the amnesiac test pilot, Sheila Sommers, will have to join forces with the spy extraordinaire and suave photographer, Matt Helm, and travel to sun-kissed Acapulco to shed light on this thorny case. Nevertheless, their luxurious Mexican resort is rife with deadly traps and crafty double-agents, bent on stopping the prying intruders. Will Matt and Sheila unearth the dangerous conspiracy? Can they retrieve the top-secret spacecraft? Written by Nick Riganas

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Matt Helm's Biggest and Boldest! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emboscada a Matt Helm See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Gross USA:

$10,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film also marked the final time that Matt faced an agent from the Bureau of International Government and Order (a.k.a. BIG-O). See more »

Goofs

Throughout the entire film you can see the wires that are used to lift things and people up whenever the "anti-gravity ray" is used. This is especially obvious in the scenes where the saucer is brought down to the jungle and when Matt rescues Sheila from the runaway train wagon. See more »

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Jose Ortega: Just this morning I concluded an arrangement with an Oriental gentleman who's... name I cannot pronounce... for a rather large sum which happily I can pronounce.
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References The Guns of Navarone (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ambushers
Lyrics by Herbert Baker
Music by Hugo Montenegro
Sung by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
Courtesy of A&M Records
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Does the title refer to the producers?
26 March 1999 | by bwaynefSee all my reviews

There is one good joke in "The Ambushers," the third of Dean Martin's Matt Helm adventures. It comes at the end when Helm attempts to seduce a striking blonde. Music, he tells her, is the most important ingredient in creating a romantic mood, but Dino's rendition of "Everybody Loves Somebody" leaves her unmoved. With a flick of a switch on the record player, Dino's buddy, Frank Sinatra, croons "Strangers in the Night," and the blonde is suddenly receptive to Helm's advances. "Hmm," Helm says, "I didn't think you'd like Perry Como." Aside from this one chuckle and that striking blonde, all "The Ambushers" has in its favor is some other striking blondes, some striking brunettes, and some cast members for whom this 1967 Christmas release must have represented an opportunity to indulge their masochistic tendencies. What is the lovely Janice Rule, a distinguished stage and screen actress, doing in a movie starring Dean Martin that isn't "Rio Bravo," "Some Came Running," "The Young Lions," or "Toys in the Attic"? In the short red dress that comprises her outfit for most of the film's length, Rule looks terrific, more so than Senta Berger whose reputation rests solely on her attributes as a sexpot and not on her thespian skills. The problem with "The Ambushers," like the other three Matt Helm movies, isn't that it's lowbrow, escapist junk. The problem is that it's BAD lowbrow, escapist junk. Even at its most elaborate, it looks as though it was shot on the set of Martin's TV variety show, which was then in its third season. Everything about the film, excepting the presence of Martin and Rule, looks and sounds like a rejected episode from the last (and worst) season of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E," which also parallels the film's release. The music by Hugo Montenegro is fifth rate Bond stuff with the addition of a "groovy" 60s feel reminiscent of the era's most contrived pop music; the framing of each scene is as simple and unimaginative as possible; and the script may have been neatly typed but otherwise represents a waste of even that much effort. Ol' Dino was capable of much better than this, and his box-office pull, surprisingly strong in 1967 despite an average of three movies a year, a weekly TV show, and assorted record releases, would surely have encouraged a producer with better taste than Irving Allen to put up the cash for a worthier vehicle. Instead, when the crooner gasped his last on Christmas Day 1995, the film legacy he left behind, with a handful of exceptions, was a ghastly one.


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