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      The Wrecking Crew

      PG Released Dec 30, 1968 1h 45m Action Comedy List
      Reviews 43% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Secret agent Matt Helm (Dean Martin) and a blonde (Sharon Tate) track $1 billion in gold in the last of four Matt Helm movies. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Kevin Maher Times (UK) Quentin Tarantino constructed an entire movie, Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood, around it. And if it's good enough for Quentin . . . Rated: 4/5 Apr 2, 2021 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins The point is never to worry about whether Helm will survive or succeed; it's really just a matter of which female costar will undress to the greatest degree. Rated: 2/10 Aug 27, 2020 Full Review Tim Brayton Alternate Ending The action is deliriously bad, in the way that only a film with a chain-smoking 51-year-old star could have. Rated: 1.5/5 Aug 26, 2019 Full Review Nick Johnston Vanyaland The Wrecking Crew is a ghastly end to its franchise, the kind of ugly spy-spoof that time rightfully left far back in the past. Jul 26, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Dumb Action, Comedy that forgot both. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/24/23 Full Review isla s This is a somewhat entertaining film. I enjoyed the action and chase scenes in this film - its a bit like a James Bond film of the 60s I suppose. It seemed a little bland at first but further into it I thought there were some funny moments, both visual comedy and some word play and also the gadgets made me laugh. The 'bond girl/dolly bird' types made did make me cringe a bit though. Its cheesy, a bit silly and certainly not to be taken too seriously (the choreography is a little camp - the acting perhaps a bit overly exaggerated) but I felt it made it somewhat entertaining, perhaps moreso in a so bad its kind of good sort of a way. I liked the driving/chase scenes and there's the fact that Dean Martin is in it, so all in all it's not awful and certainly not great, this is distinctly an ok film. I'd cautiously recommend it, yes (oh and also, be warned there are one or two racist terms used). Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review christopher c. m I am a fan of the Matt Helm movies. Are they perfect? Hardly. Transporting a billion dollars in gold was train-jacked a tad easily with not much security. And it must have been a special train to hold all that weight. There are some character issues and the gadgets are as cool this time. But it's always fun and it's a spoof of "James Bond". If you take any of this remotely seriously, not as the spoof that it. That's on you asshole. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Nobody takes these Matt Helm movies seriously, especially this one. As Dean Martin saunters his way from one (obvious) movie set to another, we see numerous Hollywood beauties in various modes of undress. Each scene is on a well-appointed set featuring flowing ceiling-to-floor curtains with color changes courtesy of soundstage lighting and funiture that's been moved around. They could easily, and probably were, borrowed from whatever Elvis movie was being shot across the hall. There's a marked lack of gadgetry in this secret agent spoof, unlike the other Matt Helm features. Oddly, Martin is asked to perform more physical fight scenes in this last Helm picture, than in the other ones. Perhaps because of the film's Asian settings, there is an emphasis on martial arts, which Martin, at 51, pulls off about as well as you'd think he could. In some scenes, Martin, as a former boxer and avid golfer, does manage to make it look good courtesy of consultant Bruce Lee. His kicks have some "kick" to them, but in other scenes he has to wait for the right time to throw a punch and it looks hokily staged. No matter, these Helm pictures were box office gold at a medium price, although this last features seems to have had a slightly bigger budget than the previous movie, "The Ambushers", which was the worst in the series. Director Karlson gets as much as he can with this one, but as a filmmaker, these pictures don't exactly offer much of a challenge. One cannot realy fault any in the Helm series because they were perfect for the time... the best of all the 60's spy spoofs, mostly because Martin - who could be a stellar actor at times - saw them for what they were: a fun, goofy outtake from "The Dean Martin Show". If you want to see Martin the actor, watch "Ada" or "Toys In the Attic". If you want to see Martin the movie star, look here. "The Wrecking Crew" is a fun romp, full of booze jokes, explosions that make stuff fall straight down from the ceiling, a brief debut from Chuck Norris and a set of gorgeos female stars (Elke Sommer, Tina Louise, the ill-fated Sharon Tate and the always sexy Nancy Kwan). It is the swinging sixties in microcosm. One can imagine all the crew gathering for a mid-evening cocktail and barbecue at Dean's mansion on a Friday night after filming wrapped. See 'em all gathered 'round the pool as the evening turned into a starry Hollywood night, the sunsetting on all those fake tans. it all oncame to a crashing end six months later when the Manson clan carved Sharon up like a side of beef in those same canyon hills. The sixties were over. So were movies like "The Wrecking Crew". Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Bruce Lee is credited as "karate advisor" for this movie. 6/10 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Few redeeming qualities, even the Dean Martins songs are old first half 20th century standards. Sound track is distractedly irritating, sounds like a 1 1/2 hour long 60's Coke commercial. The lades look nice. The fight scenes are laughable with 3 feet of air between fists and jaws. The telephone bathing suit is far out! The James Bond movies of the era are so far superior to this drek. Can you imagine a fight between Sean Connery and Dean Martin? Dean should have stayed with Jerry. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Secret agent Matt Helm (Dean Martin) and a blonde (Sharon Tate) track $1 billion in gold in the last of four Matt Helm movies.
      Director
      Phil Karlson
      Producer
      Irving Allen
      Screenwriter
      William P. McGivern
      Distributor
      Columbia Pictures
      Production Co
      Columbia Pictures Corporation
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Action, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 30, 1968, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 6, 2019
      Runtime
      1h 45m
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