Double Feature

The Wrecking Crew

Gorgeous BRAND NEW 35mm print!

Hammerhead

Gorgeous 35mm print from the Sony Archives!

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The Wrecking Crew

Gorgeous BRAND NEW 35mm print! Dean Martin had already been goofing on the James Bond bandwagon since 1966, with three previous outings as the boozing secret agent ladies man Matt Helm. With The Wrecking Crew, he wisely brings back director Phil Karlson (who did the first in the series, The Silencers) for the final entry. Martin’s Helm character was always surrounded by beautiful women in the roles of heroines and villains. Sharon Tate’s growing confidence in her comedic skills makes her performance as spy ally Freya Carlson a pleasure to watch as she goofily attempts to aid Helm in foiling arch villain Count Contini (Nigel Green), who is trying to wreck the global economy. Contini has his own stable of deadly females (Elke Sommer and Nancy Kwan) to thwart Helm’s efforts. Dino was so impressed with Tate’s presence and comic timing that he wanted to bring her character back for the next Helm picture. Unhappily, the film’s diminished box office returns, and Tate’s untimely tragic death in August, 1969, made this impossible. Although Tate still had one more movie in the can – the Italian comedy, The 13 Chairs – it was posthumously released.

“The Wrecking Crew emerges as a very entertaining, relaxed spy comedy. It features Dean Martin, Elke Sommer, Nancy Kwan and Sharon Tate, the latter in a delightful comedy performance.” – Variety

Sharon Tate discusses the craft of acting in a rare 1966 interview.

View a set of Sharon Tate production stills for The Wrecking Crew on the New Beverly forum.

Director
Phil Karlson
Starring
Dean Martin, Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate, Nancy Kwan, Nigel Green, Tina Louise
Rated
PG
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
104 minutes

Hammerhead

A dangerous international crime lord threatens to steal top secret NATO nuclear defense plans! With all other options exhausted, British intelligence sends in Charles Hood, a cunning, young American mercenary, to thwart the notorious Hammerhead. With the help of the beautiful and eccentric Sue Trenton, Hood pursues Hammerhead from the mean streets to the pristine Portuguese sea. Hammerhead is a groovy genuflection to the era of peace and love with all the badassery of Bond!

Director
David Miller
Starring
Vince Edwards, Judy Geeson, Peter Vaughan, Diana Dors, Michael Bates, Beverly Adams, Patrick Cargill
Country
UK
Format
35mm
Running Time
100 minutes

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