Saturday, December 19, 2015

"gambit" (1966)

Synopsis: Hilarity ensues when poorly-planned heist goes disastrously wrong. Oh wait, that’s Synopsis for Ocean’s Eleven... and Bottle Rocket.... and Quick Change.... and Disorganized Crime....and Palookaville... and.... 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Michael Caine rolls the dice but Shirley MacLaine could end up the big loser in this witty suspense yarn that finds the duo attempting to steal a priceless art treasure.” 

What Did I Learn?: You really can’t plan an intricate, multi-step heist based on information from a ten-year-old magazine article. 

Really?: Funny how Emile (John Abbott ) more-or-less disappears from the film, isn’t it? 2) MacLaine’s character is supposed to be half-Chinese? Um...she doesn’t quite look the part. 3) So, Shahbander knows that Harry and Nicole are imposters (and most likely thieves), and yet he keeps inviting them over for dinner and drinks? Would any sane billionaire seriously do that? 

Rating: “gambit” is a fun little caper comedy that never takes itself too seriously. Caine and MacLaine share some genuine chemistry, and it’s fun to watch them bicker when Harry’s not-so-cleverly-conceived plot keeps running into roadblocks and Nicole’s resourcefulness gets them out of trouble. 8/10 stars.

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