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  Ambushers Review
Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
1.88 /10
Dean Martin , Senta Berger, Janice Rule
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Directed by: Henry Levin
Written by: Herbert Baker

Released: 1967
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 102

Matt Helm (Dean Martin) investigates the disappearance of a flying saucer.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The third Matt Helm spy spoof, and easily the worst of a horrible series. The others, if you're a masochist, are The Silencers (1966), Murderer's Row (1966) and The Wrecking Crew (1969). Sample dialogue... Matt’s secretary, Lovey Cravesit, bringing him supplies: "I think I’ve got everything you want." Matt, as camera zooms in on her behind: Yeah!


Although visual aspects - the Oleg Cassini wardrobe and overall fashion supervision - are very good, pic at same time has that slapdash quickie look... Martin... comes across as a male Mae West.

(Art Murphy, Variety)


The makers... appear to be proceeding under the theory that off-color jokes, a leering star, and scantily clad females will make money at the box office. They may be right. But for someone who demands that the jokes be funny as well as dirty, that Martin give some semblance of an acting performance, and that a spy script (who stole the flying saucer?) be intelligent, The Ambushers hits a new low.

(William Wolf, Cue)

The sole distinction of this vomitous mess is that it just about reaches the nadir of witlessness, smirky sexiness and bad taste - and it’s dull, dull, dull to boot.

(Judith Crist)

It belongs to the Playboy ethos of ‘Look, but you can't touch’... full of phoney promises but no real action. The credit sequence of glamorous girls and sunny beaches is exactly like flicking through the pages of one of those glossy magazines, and the film never really develops beyond that.

(Films and Filming)

Martin's acting is so inept that even his impersonation of a lush is unconvincing.

(Harry Medved, long after release)

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