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Language: English
Category: Movie / Action / Adventure / Comedy / Crime / Drama / Thriller
Original Title: The Wrecking Crew
Director: Phil Karlson
Writers: Donald Hamilton,William P. McGivern
Released: 1969
Duration: 1h 45min
Video type: Movie
The count has stolen enough gold to cause a financial crisis in the world markets so I.C.E. sends in ace spy Matt Helm to stop him. As Matt works alone, the British send in Freya to aid Matt, but it seems that Freya causes more problems than she solves.
Complete credited cast:
Dean Martin Dean Martin - Matt Helm
Elke Sommer Elke Sommer - Linka Karensky
Sharon Tate Sharon Tate - Freya Carlson
Nancy Kwan Nancy Kwan - Yu-Rang
Nigel Green Nigel Green - Count Massimo Contini
Tina Louise Tina Louise - Lola Medina
John Larch John Larch - MacDonald
John Brascia John Brascia - Karl
Weaver Levy Weaver Levy - Kim
Wilhelm von Homburg Wilhelm von Homburg - Gregor
Bill Saito Bill Saito - Ching
Fuji Fuji - Toki
Pepper Martin Pepper Martin - Frankie
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan - Guard (as Ted H. Jordan)

Dean Martin was so distraught over the murder of his The Wrecking Crew (1969) co-star and friend Sharon Tate that he abandoned the next already announced "Matt Helm" motion picture series installment (to be titled "The Ravagers") and never played the character again. This is contrary to the post that the series ended due to poor ratings.

Bruce Lee was the martial arts adviser for this film. He also was brought in to train and teach Sharon Tate with her martial arts scenes.

Film debut (as an extra) of Chuck Norris

Exteriors at 141 S. Carolwood Drive in Holmby Hills were used for the chateau owned by the Count Contini character. Built in 1936 the estate was known as 'Owlwood'. Co-founder of 20th Century Fox Studios 'Joseph Schenck', Tony Curtis and Sonny Bono & his then wife Cher are some of the famous who have owned the estate over the years. At the time 'The Wrecking Crew' was made the place was owned by Tony Curtis who was friends with Dean Martin and Sharon Tate both of whom starred in the film.

This was the final film in the Matt Helm series. Although plans were afoot for a fifth film ("The Ravagers"), as well as a proposed teaming with Frank Sinatra for "Matt Helm Meets Tony Rome," the poor box-office showing of both "The Wrecking Crew" and Sinatra's second go 'round as Rome in "Lady In Cement" brought the Matt Helm series to an end. This is contrary to the post that the series ended because Martin was too upset with the death of Sharon Tate.

The copy of Life Magazine Tina Louise is reading in the hotel lobby was the December 22, 1967 issue.

In the closing credits as had been done with prior Matt Helm films, the next Helm film was announced, titled The Ravagers. That film was never made. The Wrecking Crew was the last of the Helm films.

Karate champion Mike Stone was Dean Martin's fight double. Stone was Priscilla Presley's boyfriend after she left Elvis.

Columbia production number 8869.



Reviews: [25]

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    Delaath

    Someone once said that Dean Martin was so laid-back he made Perry Como look like a nervous wreck. It was said if a nuclear bomb went off behind him he wouldn't even drop his martini glass. Martin and his fellow Rat-packer Frank Sinatra were among our few recording giants who achieved in films as well. Although not as good an actor as Sinatra, Martin had a charming presence on the screen and was always entertaining to watch, even when you knew he wasn't taking it too seriously. The Matt Helm films came out at the same time as Sean Connery was playing Bond and have been largely forgotten today. Martin played the reluctant spy with tongue firmly in cheek. The Wrecking Crew was the last of the four Helm films and I feel it was the best. A gold train has been hijacked by a criminal mastermind. The one billion dollar theft will cause world wide financial panic and its up to Matt Helm to save the day. Of course in any spy film of this nature, you have to have beautiful women and there are plenty here. Elke Sommer and Tina Louise light up the screen, but it is Sharon Tate who steals the show as bumbling MI5 agent Freya Carlson. I thought it was so funny how she kept getting Helm into deeper and deeper trouble, even getting him arrested at one point. She tells him "I wont desert you Mister Helm". He says "Do me a favor PLEASE DESERT ME!". However, she comes through in the end and there is a good fight scene between her and Nancy Kwan. (For trivia lovers, Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee helped to set up the fight scenes for this film). People have commented the fight scenes involving Helm are fakey, what do you expect? Dean Martin was 52 when this film was made. Sharon really stole the show in this one, in fact they later based one of the characters in the Austin Powers films on her character here. This was her last film before she was murdered by the Charles Manson family. Its chilling when you watch it and think of how horribly her life ended.
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    Nalmergas

    As I watched this movie I couldn't help smiling. The movie is essentially a spoof of James Bond flicks with super-guy fighting well-equipped villain. Seductive women and ridiculous gadgets are abundant. Some are as cute as they come (I am talking about women here). All are fallible (women). All women fall for our super-guy. He seemed to be bemused by this (who wouldn't). While he conquers one woman after another, he also manages to rescue a few tons of gold from the grip of the above mentioned villain (the later is usually considered to be the main plot - what a preposterous notion). One has to love the irreverent soundtrack. They don't make movies like this anymore. Pity. 9/10.
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    Windforge

    The movie is fantastic in its execution, not its substance, but it was never intended to be serious.

    The movie has all the glamor, and opulence that only American movies seems to be able to deliver. The choice of color, the character, and of course the girls.

    Dean Martin's Matt Helm was a product of the swinging '60s, and it's a beautiful movie in its own way. I wish that the modern movies had more of this kind of opulence to its style. Why not live a little like the way these people did ?

    It's intentionally silly, but if you take away the silly it still has the glamor like nothing you see these days. The movie is worth seeing for this alone.

    Elke Sommer, and Sharon Tate were beautiful, and we don't see beauties like this anymore either.
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    Nilasida

    In this one, Matt Helm's antagonist is Count Contini, a gold smuggler, played by Nigel Green. He is aided by his gang of thugs and two female sidekicks, Linka (Elke Sommer) and Gwen Ya-Rang (Nancy Kwan). As might be expected, both try to seduce Matt, offering fake carrots. Interestingly for a Matt Helm movie, however, Linka is a rare woman in Matt's orbit who is the recipient, rather than initiator, of the first display of interest. Earlier, there is a nice scene in which Lola Medini (Tina Louise), a former associate of Contina, seduces Matt in connection with the intrigue.

    Ultimately, it is Freya Carlson (Sharon Tate) who gets her man. She is a Danish tourist agent who leads Matt around in fulfilling his duties. Like Stella Stevens in "The Silencers," she is initially quite clumsy, and is involved in a nice wetlook scene (actually, so is Linka). Freya helps Matt foil the villains.

    I'm focusing mostly on the women here, but hey, you can hardly beat this bunch in this male fantasy series. The only Bond movie that can rival this group is "Thunderball."
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    Tojahn

    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.

    Of the four films in the Matt Helm series the first The Silencers is probably the best but this one is a close second.
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    FLIDER

    Count Massimo Contini (Nigel Green) is the mastermind behind a billion dollar gold robbery. His plan is to send the world markets into chaos. He may get away with it unless Matt Helm (Dean Martin) can track down the missing gold. But along the way, Helm will meet up the Count's hired muscle, a gorgeous female killer, and a ditsy woman who insists on helping him.

    I suppose the best way to describe a Matt Helm film would be a light and breezy spoof of the James Bond movies. Nothing is very serious and you're sure that everything will work out in the end. Dean Martin plays Matt Helm about as laid back as could be imagined. Instead of a gun, you're more likely to see him with a drink in one hand, a cigarette in the other, a beautiful woman to ogle, and a quick quip. His fights scenes may leave a lot to be desired, but there's no denying his "cool".

    The Wrecking Crew is actually one of the better Matt Helm films. The hiding place of the gold is ingenious, the spy gadgets are plentiful, and the women are everywhere. The cast is one of the better assembled for any of these films. Nigel Green and Elke Sommer make a wonderful pair as the distinguished master criminal and the sexy killer (roles very similar to the ones they played in 1966's Deadlier Than the Male). But Sharon Tate really shines as the ditsy Freya Carlson. It's incredibly sad to think that this would be Tate's last role before her brutal murder. She's a joy and a real pleasure to watch.
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    Levaq

    I have not seen any of the other Matt Helm films, first off. My main reason for getting this film was that Sharon Tate was in it. I think it's safe to say that, out of her very brief acting career, her role in "The Wrecking Crew" is her best out of all her films. In all her other roles she played the blonde sex kitten with little to do but smile pretty for the camera. In this film, however, she gets the chance to shine as a tough yet sexy, red-haired secret agent who assists Dean Martin's Matt Helm in apprehending a group of gold thieves. The plot is ridiculous, Dean Martin looks more than a little out of it, and the sets and music are bursting with such an infectious '60s vibe that you just have to love it in all of its corniness. That title song is stuck in my head for weeks after I watch the movie - and I love it! Don't miss the catfight between Sharon and Nancy Kwan, as well as Sharon's jaw-dropping booty-shake dance sequence. Oh man, what a babe.
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    Keth

    Much better than the previous 2 Matt Helm films, but not as good as the first, THE SILENCERS. THE WRECKING CREW was directed by PHIL KARLSON as was the first Matt Helm movie 3 years earlier. This time around, Matt Helm (DEAN MARTIN) is sent to Denmark to immobilize Count Contini (NIGEL GREEN) who has hijacked a fortune in gold bullion. Assisting Helm is eager, but bumbling Freya Carlson (SHARON TATE). Freya is more of a hindrance than a help however. Contini's former flame Lola Medina (TINA LOUISE)is willing to provide pertinent information to Helm, for a cut of the action. She is killed though before she can tell him anything by a bomb laden bottle of scotch placed in her bar by Contini's current paramour Linka (ELKE SOMMER). Another beauty in the Count's arsenal is Yu Rang (NANCY KWAN). Contini tries to buy Helm off, but when that is unsuccessful, resorts to a dozen lame brained attempts to murder him. Will Helm triumph over the evil Count Contini ? What do you think ? One of the reasons that this movie is better than the previous 2 is that Helm is giving a female sidekick that is funny. As in THE SILENCERS where you had klutzy Gale Hendricks (STELLA STEVENS), here you have Freya (SHARON TATE) in a similar role. Neither MURDERERS ROW, nor THE AMBUSHERS had that. And TATE, although only 25 when this was made, showed very funny comedic ability. The production dollars spent appear less than in all 3 prior Helm flicks. In a scene where Helm is sparring with one of Contini's men outside of the Count's chateau, the artificial grass fold up like a rug. The interior sets look like something from a porno movie. The fight scenes are slow, and obvious. At 51, MARTIN was getting a little old for this kind of thing. Plus, JAMES BOND aside, ersatz "Spy Films" were on their way out. If you watch the credits at the end, you'll see a notice that states : Matt Helm will be back in THE RAVAGERS. Alas, it was not to be. This genre had run its gamut and what a schmaltzy time it was !!!
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    Jake

    Fourth and final in a quartet of spoofy films that Martin starred in as secret agent Matt Helm, this one is among the best, thanks to some curvaceous women and a shift away from the more preposterous gadgetry that marked some of its predecessors. Martin begins the film, as usual, living the life of a photographer surrounded by buxom women in various deliberately idiotic costumes. He's called into action when already-wealthy Green pilfers a train car filled with a billion dollar's worth of gold. The first step is interviewing Green's discarded mistress Louise though he is soon entangled with Green's current squeeze Sommer, dangerous Asian Kwan and clumsy travel guide Tate. Meanwhile, Martin's boss Larch (taking over from James Gregory of the previous three installments) oversees the operation, occasionally pitching in to help. In typical spy-film tradition, everything comes to a head with an extended chase and battle to the death, this time involving a helicopter and a train. Martin, always at his most "relaxed" in this series, barely takes time to act, though he is clearly enamored of Tate, the best sidekick he had after Stella Stevens in "The Silencers" (which was a somewhat similar type of character.) Green makes for an adequately snide and slick villain, constantly referring to his "shhedule". (This actor died a few years after this film in a sleeping pill overdose.) Sommer is a total knockout, making a sensational entrance in an almost waist-high slit, lilac dress and showing off many other flattering Moss Mabry creations and striking hairstyles during the movie. Louise turns up the heat in order to get some attention on the crowded canvas and manages to do so rather well. Kwan is, sadly, rather wasted here. She gets a fair amount of screen time, but is mostly underutilized and rarely shown off to her full advantage. The real gem of the movie is Tate. Overcoming a truly atrocious red wig and some decidedly dorky costumes, she nonetheless creates a hapless, uncoordinated, yet utterly appealing character. Her entrance alone is hysterical and predates Mary Katherine Gallagher of "Saturday Night Live" by more than two decades. Her penchant for loudly stating the obvious, often right in Martin's ear, only adds to the physical humor. She flaunts her considerable assets at the camera, yet backs it up with a deftly handled acting job. The thought of her being viciously murdered in real life not too long after this is almost too much to reflect upon. She is remembered more for her role in the champion of camp "Valley of the Dolls", but here she proved she was far more than just a looker. It's a shame her own lovely hair wasn't used. Oddly absent this time out is Martin's secretary, who was played by Beverly Adams three times prior. These films, while always meant to be amusing, are enjoyable now because the dated clothes and music add even more to the fun. They entertain almost in spite of themselves and are of special interest to those who enjoy the "Austin Powers" movies. The credits song "House of 7 Joys" (a place which is not exactly heavily featured in the film) makes a bit more sense when one is aware that that was the working title of the movie prior to release. This time out, the music can be a bit overbearing. One's tolerance for the sounds of the era will determine how much "bah bah bah BAH" can be withstood before annoyance sets in. An announced fifth film "The Ravagers" never came to fruition.
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    Onaxan

    The best of the four Matt Helm films featuring the most entertaining plot, and the greatest number of beautiful women.Dean is funny as hell as usual, but it's Sharon's film all the way. Revealing a naturally funny comic ability, Sharon is an adorable doll, clad in unbecoming clothes and non-flattering eye glasses, before revealing the legendary Tate beauty in the memorable final scene. This film, along with Valley of the Dolls, revels the enormous potential of the tragic beauty.All in all, a good show.
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    Mightdragon

    Well, at least compared to the two Matt Helm flicks immediately preceding it. After a couple of pretty big missteps, the series returns to the fine form of the first film, The Silencers. This is in no doubt very much due to the return of that film's director, Phil Karlson of Walking Tall fame.

    While the budget was obviously reduced for this one, it may have helped the pacing, which is not bogged down by cumbersome set pieces and elaborate gadgets. From the time Helm first arrives at Contini's château, the movie races breezily along helped by well choreographed (by Bruce Lee!)fight scenes in place of the earlier movies' overblown hovercraft chases, runaway spaceships and the like. Additionally, this is the only one of the 4 Helm movies where the main villain's death doesn't seem anti-climatic. The soundtrack is great and absolutely helps to keep things moving along as well.

    This cast is most enjoyable, with Nigel Green stealing the show while stealing the gold. He delivers many of the best lines in the movie, nay the series. Nancy Kwan and Elke Sommer are excellent as a couple of deadly femme fatales and Tina Louise is rescued from Gilligan's island just in time to give Helm his first lead. Sharon Tate showed a proclivity for comedy that was so deft and popular with movie goers that she was supposed to reprise her role in the never to be made The Ravagers. Also notable was the film debut of a little known martial arts expert named Chuck Norris. Dino himself seems to be enjoying the proceedings this time around and is a little more energetic. MacDonald, Helm's boss, is now being played by John Larch and actually takes part in some of the action.

    In conclusion, this is one tight, exciting and truly funny (without being silly) little movie, at least by Dean Martin Matt Helm standards. It's too bad this was the last in line, because it could have served as the action comedy template going forward.
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    Kelenn

    I'm not familiar with the other movies in the Matt Helm series but this is all I need to watch.

    Sharon Tate plays an MI5 agent posing as a clumsy Danish tour guide, Freya Carlson, who is to work with Helm. Tate stated at the beginning of her career that she wanted to do light comedy and "The Wrecking Crew" proved that that genre was indeed a perfect fit for her. This movie is the highlight of her all too brief acting career and my heart aches to think of what could have been.

    Dean Martin's acting skills left a lot to be desired but he and Tate had great on screen chemistry. The rest of the cast reads like a Who's Who of Hollywood during its second (and last) Golden Age: Nancy Kwan, Elke Sommer, Nigel Green, Tina Louise (of "Gilligan's Island" in her small role of Lola Medina), among others. You have to remind yourself to close your mouth during the opening credits.

    I'm in love with the 60's fashion and music and the fact that we get to see more of Sharon Tate (whereas the rest of her movies, with the exception of "The 13 Chairs" a/k/a "12+1," are primarily small roles where you don't get to see or hear her much).

    Good stuff.
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    dermeco

    the wrecking crew was the last of Dino's Matt helm flicks. i always thought as bad as some people thought this was, I felt the ambushers was worst. Granted Dean was a little long in the tooth for this role but it wasn't as bad as say, Cannonball Run, where it was obvious he was only doing it for his own reasons. I always thought Dean after seeing this film felt he couldn't do the role anymore. i thought that was why he didn't do the ravagers which had been announced as the next Matt Helm movie. I only tonight discovered in an IMDb mini bio that he was so distraught after Sharon Tate's death he refused to do the role any longer. as a dean martin fan i enjoyed his film and singing career.
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    Mopimicr

    MASTER PLAN: Operation:Rainbow - steal a billion in gold and then take it in on a train. More so than the previous 3 Matt Helm adventures, this one has the earmarks of a regular thriller, though a lot of absurdity is retained: gold cannot be stacked as high as we see here; it's too heavy. Dino Martin is back in his final take as the boozy USA-Bond-type Helm, still snoozing to femme-infested dreams and ready with the off-the-cuff remarks, though some of it doesn't work. In an early scene at ICE's testing facility (copying the Q dept. from the James Bond films), he and his boss MacDonald test a new grenade device; 'Why don't we call it a little bit of hanky-panky?' Helm quips. MacDonald just looks at him like 'What are you talking about, please?' The actor James Gregory did not return as MacDonald, replaced by John Larch. There's an uneven tone to this Helmer, combining straight action with silliness. We have a bevy of femme fatales: Elke Sommer is pretty bloodthirsty as the head villain's main squeeze, but Nancy Kwan is also on hand to offer dangerous thrills. Tina Louise, off of "Gilligan's Island," shows up briefly. The real bright spot, however, is Sharon Tate as a clumsy agent, recalling the Stella Stevens character of the 1st Helmer "The Silencers." You can't decide whether she really is a dimwit or playing some undercover role (it turns out, she works for the Brits). Helm is really annoyed with her during most of the film and their repartee is quite amusing, suggesting what more could of been done with the female characters in the "Austin Powers" movies.

    The drawback to this Helm entry, which follows "The Ambushers," is the deadly slow pace in many scenes during the first half of the pic. A good example is Helm's scene with the Tina Louise character, which seems to drag on forever. Most of the action takes Helm to Denmark, where he must confront the super-rich Count Contini (Nigel Green), a villain patterned on such Bond foes as Goldfinger and Drax of the later "Moonraker." If one wanted an actor for a snide, sneaky, dastardly mustache-twirling role in the late sixties, actor Green was the 'go to' guy. He tries to bribe Helm at first, looking down at him as a typical agent, and eventually decides to have him killed. The action picks up in the final third of the film, with the story having to dispose of several key characters, and there's a lot of kicking, punching and shooting, not to mention cheesy explosions. Tate and Kwan have a martial arts confrontation to add some spice. Helm assembles a helicopter out of some equipment stored in his car's trunk and the climax shifts to a moving train. Helm would not return in "The Ravagers," as planned; there was no "The Ravagers," as the briefly-popular Helm persona could not sustain more than 4 features (by contrast with Bond, who went past 20 of 'em by the new millennium). Helm would return in a TV-movie and brief TV series in the seventies, with actor Tony Franciosa. Hero:5 Villain:6 Femme Fatales:7 Henchmen:6 (hey, Chuck Norris was one of these) Fights:6 Stunts/Chases:5 Gadgets:6 Auto:4 Locations:7 Pace:6 overall:6-
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    Enone

    Too bad Dean Martin gave up on Matt Helm just as James Bond was in chaos in the wake of Sean Connery's departure... In 1969, the new Bond was an unknown and only had one true lady with "man appeal" on his side; Emma Peel herself, Miss Diana Rigg! Helm had all kinds of chicks, especially the sublime Miss Sharon Tate... On that advantage alone, Matt Helm could have overtaken James Bond's spot! Alas such a feat had to be accomplished by a total parody such as Powers many years later... Mind-boggling too when one considers the fact that Powers never had anyone even remotely close to the elegance of a Rigg or Tate next to his ridiculous frame...!

    Matt Helm though -just as James Coburn's Our Man Flint series- was a far more subtle parody of the Bond myth... Thus worthier of eclipsing it than the ridiculous farce that Austin Powers and his mojo are! History tells us though that both Helm and Flint failed... and Powers is the one to finally outsell at the box-office the once-invincible Bond...
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    Berkohi

    Director Phil Karlson returns to direct Dean Martin in the final theatrical Matt Helm film: The Wrecking Crew. Karlson directed the first film in the series: The Silencers. This film has the curvy, very sexy Sharon Tate as Dino's sidekick. Along the way, Dino has to locate a billion dollars in gold bullion stolen by mastermind Nigel Green. However, he must contend with a bevy of 60's beauties and several henchmen whose fighting is more inept than his. Elke Sommer is Hench-woman elegance, Nancy Kwan is exotic beauty, and Tina Louise is sultry seductiveness, as each takes turns getting in his way. The opening sequence, with Martin dozing amongst his young protégés, and his penchant for adding new words while singing old songs in order to explain plot points are both funny. Late 60's flavor permeates throughout the film, especially in the infectious soundtrack, and in the female outfits.

    However, Martin was a bit long in the tooth for this role, and he mostly sleepwalks through the film. As a result, the film is tedious at times, and some of the action scenes seem like repeats of previous scenes. The sound effects for the handkerchief grenades seem out of sync with the footage. The fight scenes are laughable and hopelessly phony at times, despite being choreographed by Bruce Lee. Chuck Norris makes his film debut in a bit part as a waiter in a night club. However, he is wasted. You won't see him, but his voice is unmistakable. Sharon Tate, in her second to last film role, steals this film, and she displays her comedic skills delightfully. She is the best reason to see this film, and was the inspiration for Heather Graham's character in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. At the time, Tate was considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, and guys watching this will not disagree. ** of 4 stars.
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    Pringles

    The final Dean Martin/Matt Helm spy-spoof is eons better than the previous one ("The Ambushers", one of the worst movies ever made), no thanks to the lovely supporting ladies: Elke Sommer (cool), Tina Louise (hot), Nancy Kwan (dangerous), and the delightful Sharon Tate (a professional scatterbrain). Tate's repartee with Dean Martin is in the love/hate style of 1930s comedies, quick quips and straight-faced one-liners, and she's a lovable cut-up with her placid demeanor. Dean Martin, once again, is strictly on auto-pilot, and the fight scenes (though choreographed by Bruce Lee!) are wooden, yet the movie has some laughs and clever gadgets. It's just too bad the producers of this series felt that a walk-through by their star and some attractive surroundings would suffice. These pictures could've been--and should've been--much funnier and classier. **1/2 from ****
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    Katius

    Though it wasn't planned that way, The Wrecking Crew became the last of the Matt Helm series that Dean Martin brought to the screen. At the end credits it was announced that the audience could expect a new Matt Helm film The Ravagers would be coming out next.

    It wasn't to be because Dino frankly got bored of the whole thing and in those days Martin would bore easily. You could tell it on the screen and in his performance that the Matt Helm series just wasn't interesting him any longer.

    The Wrecking Crew was filmed minus Beverly Adams as Martin's private secretary Lovey Kravezit and the role of his boss MacDonald was taken over by John Larch in place of James Gregory. It was not as ridiculous as the third film in the series, The Ambushers which was clearly the worst of them. This one involved Nigel Green stealing a shipment of gold bullion worth a cool billion.

    The gimmick here is that the USA does not want anyone knowing that such a shipment was stolen because of the financial implications. Which is why they've sent in Dino to get it back.

    One thing this film does not lack is the bevy of beautiful women working with and against Dino in his mission. They include in this film, Tina Louise, Elke Sommer, Nancy Kwan and Sharon Tate. The Wrecking Crew turned out to be the tragic Ms. Tate's next to last film.

    Like the James Bond films, the Helm series also had some nice spy gadgets. The Wrecking Crew had one of the best of them. It was a portable helicopter that you carried in the trunk of your car. It gets Dino and Sharon out of a tight spot. It has to be seen to be believed.

    Just as well the Matt Helm series ended here if Dino was as bored with it as he plainly shows.
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    Ndyardin

    Dean Martin's Matt Helm is always fun to watch. Definitely designed as PG male entertainment but I still love it. Recently saw all 4 movies again and I admit each still kept my attention as fun. The main female characters in these films maintained strong images for the times and it was great to see them. Some appeared in other 60's fun movies and maintained strong images. The 2 James Flint movies are also quirky fun but did not have strong women characters. I just noticed that in the Wrecking Crew - as Matt picks up his jacket to leave there is dust on the pink cushions around the jacket BUT not under it which shows a concern for detail by the film crew - kudos. The music is great !
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    Nejind

    A train carrying $1 billion in gold is hijacked in Denmark and secret agent "Matt Helm" (Dean Martin) has only 48 hours upon his arrival there before British and American markets collapse. The person the secret organization I.C.E. believes is responsible is the multi-millionaire "Count Contini" (Nigel Green). Assisting him is his beautiful but deadly fiancé, "Linka Karensky" (Elke Sommer) and his top agent from Hong Kong, "Yu-Rang" (Nancy Kwan). As luck would have it, Count Contini has recently dumped his mistress, "Lola Medina" (Tina Louise) and she is willing to make a deal. So with only the help of an assistant named "Freya Carlson" (Sharon Tate) waiting for him in Denmark, Matt Helm flies to Copenhagen to retrieve the gold. At any rate, rather than reveal what happens next I will just say that this movie is loaded with sexy women who all want to get close to Matt for one reason or another. In that regard, I thought both Elke Sommer and Nancy Kwan performed very well in their respective roles. Dean Martin was solid and Tina Louise looked great. But her role was a bit too short in my view. Sharon Tate also put on a good performance but her character was too inconsistent. One minute she's a dull-looking klutz and the next she's a sexy secret agent. Likewise, except for the fight between Yu-Rang and Freya, the combat scenes were quite boring. In short, this film is much like the other 3 Matt Helm movies with some really nice-looking actresses thrown in for good measure. It definitely has some flaws but all things considered it's still watchable all the same.
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    Akisame

    Dean Martin returns as men's magazine photographer and part-time secret agent Matt Helm, in this, the last, weakest and most notoriously sexist of the whole leering, dirty-minded series. The plot, what there is of it, involves the recovery of a billion dollars worth of gold bullion; but the story is just a mechanism to string together a series of scenes of Dino smarming his way into the boudoirs of a bevy of beauties (Tina Louise, Nancy Kwan, Elke Sommer), hoping to tease information out of them. Sharon Tate, in one of her last screen appearances, reprises Stella Stevens' klutzy sidekick part from The Silencers, but, like the movie as a whole, does not quite hit the right note with it, making for a hit and miss performance. The whole exercise is silly beyond belief, the usual jokes about Dean/Matt's drinking and womanizing fall flat and Dean himself was beginning to look a little old for an action hero. Plus, the sets and settings looked a bit cheap and stage-bound for what was supposed to be an international action hit. What 'entertainment' value there is here involves the camera lingering on the legs and cleavages of Dean's shapely co-stars, and the tight plot from Don Hamilton's novel is a dog-eared illogical mess by the time it hit the screen. Any true action-suspense fan will rapidly develop a headache from the gaps and gaffs in the logic of what is left of the plot.

    The final credits advertise a fifth Matt Helm adventure - The Ravagers - which was never made. Clearly, the public, the studio and Dino himself must have been tiring of the whole business by this point.
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    Terr

    This was my favorate movie when I was twelve. Saw it again recently on the big screen. This movie is outta control. I can see why Dino would refuse to make another Matt Helm; the Bruce Lee choriographed fights probibly made him want to puke his scotch (or whatever he obviously was drinking). Besides the great 60's set design and fab music, Sharon Tate is the best thing in this. Not for all tastes to be sure, though I personally love this kinda camp.
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    Nalmetus

    As l'd wrote before Dean Martin wasn't a better choice to be Matt Helm,he was old and already wrinkled for the role,instead all Matt's girls are gorgeous and no make sense whatever the reason,worst he enforce to sing along disfiguring the main score in twist sounds,in this final movie who shines are Sharon Tate and Elke Sommer, she were a very close scenes in those marvelous bodies in sexy walking and exciting legs,a plenty of action leaves the picture somehow acceptable and annoys no one,so l figure out that those girls saved the whole picture of total disaster just for a bad miscasting of leading Role!!

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    First watch: 1992 / How many: 3 / Source: TV-Cable TV-DVD / Rating: 6
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    DarK-LiGht

    Though I know this was the last of the Dean Martin/Matt Helm pictures, it's the very first one I've seen just now on YouTube. I have to admit right up front that while the beginning with the premise just being explained was pretty exciting, I thought much of the rest of the action and fighting were lacking but then that may have been because the sound and dialogue synchronization was ahead of the actual picture by a few seconds on the upload. Still, it wasn't too bad what was depicted and with gorgeous women like Tina Louise, Nancy Kwan, Elke Sommer, and especially Sharon Tate as a redhead, how can this film fail in my eyes? Yes, Dino seemed a little mature when sharing scenes with some of them but he sure seemed to having sooo much fun and that's infectious! And that score by Hugo Montenegro sure was groovy fun! This picture sure made the swinging sixties seem like such fun, that's for sure! Okay, I think I've said enough so on that note, The Wrecking Crew is very much worth a look.