Matt Helm Lounge

Matt Helm Lounge

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Director: Henry Levin, Phil Karlson

Cast: Ann-Margret

     
 
In this, the third in the Matt Helm special-agent series, Dean Martin plays Helm who's called to save those aboard a hijacked U.S. spacecraft. Ambushers is generally regarded as the weakest of the Helm films, lacking inspiration at most levels. ~ All Movie Guide

Overview

In this, the third in the Matt Helm special-agent series, Dean Martin plays Helm who's called to save those aboard a hijacked U.S. spacecraft. Ambushers is generally regarded as the weakest of the Helm films, lacking inspiration at most levels. ~ All Movie Guide

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
For fans of James Bond, Derek Flint, and especially Austin Powers, the Matt Helm Lounge makes a playful chaser. Powers may be groovy, baby, but Dean Martin's swinging photographer-cum-secret agent Helm is on-the-rocks cool, from the pop-up bar in his car to the lyrics Martin croons on the soundtrack during Helm's amorous encounters ("If your sweetheart puts a pistol in your bed/You'd do better sleeping with your Uncle Fred"). The Silencers (1966), Murderer's Row ('66), The Ambushers ('67), and The Wrecking Crew ('69) are a catalog of guilty, politically incorrect pleasures. They're incorrigibly sexist, with double-entendres straight from the Playboy Party Jokes page. When Helm informs one model she will be posing as the Spirit of '76 (in Murderer's Row), she replies, "Are you kidding? I'm only a 44." It just doesn't get more '60s than the Helm films, though the films' bare-bones production values made Helm the only secret agent to ever drive a station wagon. Murderer's Row features Ann-Margret in a go-go frenzy, a hit song by Dino, Desi, and Billy, and generation gap groaners like, "It's a wise son who knows his own father/The way they're wearing their hair these days, it's a wise father who knows his own son." The plots are a mixed cocktail of criminal masterminds (Karl Malden in Murderer's Row, Victor Buono in Silencers) and foiled world domination schemes, none to be taken too seriously. Of more prurient interest are the bevy of beautiful babes who grace each film, most memorably: Stella Stevens in The Silencers; Senta Berger and Janice Rule in The Ambushers; Elke Sommer, Nancy Kwan, Tina "Ginger" Louise, and Sharon Tate (her last film appearance) in Wrecking Crew. Helm's "Slaygirls" put Austin's Fembots to shame! These films are pretty much above (or beneath) critical comment, but with Dino at the Helm, this box set is a retro cocktail with a kick.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/06/2005
UPC:
0043396108813
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:54:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dean Martin Actor,Matt Helm
Ann-Margret Suzie Solaris
Elke Sommer Linka
Senta Berger Francesca Madeiros
Stella Stevens Gail, Big O's Girl
Daliah Lavi Tina Batori
Janice Rule Sheila Sommers
Karl Malden Julian Wall
Sharon Tate Freya
Camilla Sparv Coco Duquette
James Gregory MacDonald
Nancy Kwan Yu-Rang
Victor Buono Tung-Tze
Albert Salmi Jose Ortega
Arthur O'Connell Wigman
Nigel Green Count Massimo Contini
Cyd Charisse Sarita

Technical Credits
Henry Levin Director
Phil Karlson Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Murderers' Row
1. Start [:12]
2. The Death of Matt Helm [10:40]
3. Monte Carlo [8:31]
4. "This Is Dancing?" [6:42]
5. Shovelied [10:07]
6. Lash Petrone, Top Torpedo [7:56]
7. Saving Suzie [10:02]
8. By Land and Sea [1:35]
9. The Wrong Solaris [5:54]
10. Human Milkshake [7:33]
11. Monster Magnet [10:13]
12. Hovercraft Chase [7:34]
Disc #2 -- The Silencers
1. Start [6:11]
2. Dream Girls [1:53]
3. A Phone Call & Lovey Kravezit [4:21]
4. Straight to the Big O [4:25]
5. Treasure Hunt [3:06]
6. Tina Batori [3:55]
7. Photo Finished [1:53]
8. The Road to Phoenix [3:29]
9. Gail Hendricks [6:15]
10. The Slaygirl Club [1:52]
11. Sarita [5:15]
12. Strip Searched & Gassed [2:02]
13. Operation Fallout [2:17]
14. Ready for Miss Hendricks [4:39]
15. Armament [1:02]
16. Boxed Canyon Ride [2:28]
17. S-I-Q-U-E [4:32]
18. His Own Little Sex Wagon [4:26]
19. Rain Woman [2:26]
20. Joe Wigman & Friends [11:14]
21. Command Headquarters [2:37]
22. Cowboy [3:24]
23. Blasting Out of Tina's Bedroom [:53]
24. Trick Shot [3:02]
25. Laser Shield [4:52]
26. Mission Control Center [2:45]
27. Captured by Tung-tze [2:18]
28. Wet End Credits [2:04]
Disc #3 -- The Wrecking Crew
1. Start [:11]
2. Operation Rainbow [9:07]
3. Denmark [8:07]
4. Lola Medina [8:29]
5. Count Massimo Contini [10:38]
6. The Chase [7:30]
7. Pleasure Before Business [12:25]
8. Tour Guide [8:05]
9. House of 7 Joys [6:50]
10. Delivery [8:32]
11. Unfinished Business [8:25]
12. Next Stop [9:34]
Disc #4 -- The Ambushers
1. Start [:11]
2. Rehabilitation [6:22]
3. Uncovering the Secret Agent [7:41]
4. Ortega [8:10]
5. Escape by Cha-Cha [9:39]
6. "You Drugged Me!" [8:22]
7. Instant Motel [8:56]
8. Beer Battle [5:08]
9. Going in at Dawn [11:41]
10. Sizzling Saucer [8:43]
11. Funny Cigarettes [6:35]
12. Agent Saves Agent [6:23]

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Matt Helm Lounge 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Mycroft More than 1 year ago
The Matt Helm series starring Dean Martin is fun, 60's spy romp that doesn't take itself too seriously but stays enough on plot to be enjoyable. Unlike Bond, Helm is comfortable behind the wheel of a station wagon. With a martini in one hand and a girl in his arm Helm seems to charm himself out of danger.
Jokar More than 1 year ago
For the fun of it. That is what Matt Helm is all about. Pure entertainment was the reason the Matt Helm series was made. Dean Martin and his supporting cast in each of the 4 films did not disappoint. If you just need to sit back and relax while watching a movie, this set is for you. Funny and acted for laughs. Good looking girls did not detract from the plot at all.
RobertJRM More than 1 year ago
I've always enjoyed Dean Martin's work. I'm old enough I remember the Martin and Lewis films, the Dean Martin varity show and of course the Rat Pack... These DVD's give an idea of how far special effect have come and of course some of the work in tongue in cheek. Anyone who remembers Dean Martin knows his public persona was not very serious. He liked to clown around and even when his charicter was in a jam he seldom took it seriously. If you enjoy Dean Martin and want some entertainment you don't have to use a lot of brain power to enjoy, you'll like the Matt Helm DVD's.
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