Opening 25 minutes


Perhaps new and daring back in 1966 but I couldn't really see the point of wasting 25 minutes of the film on something which turned out to be just an explanation of how the 'heist' should go.

It was nice seeing the stars in action and the acting was never less than enjoyable although it's probably best to forget the 'special effect' of the helicopter in flight.

I guess back in 1966 the would have been seen as a fast paced comedy caper with a clever opening gimmick but here in 2014 after countless heist films and episodes of Hustle it just came across as very undemanding pleasant entertainment.

I wish Michael and Shirley were still young.



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it does go on a bit. But I think the point is to show how much the reality differs from the imagined scenario. i think it is quite clever. But when i watched it on dvd a year or so ago, many many years after. I saw it on TV, i had a moment's confusion when i thought something was wrong with the disc and it had gone back to the beginning,

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So in a way it was like a precursor to Sliding Doors with two different timelines.

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yes, now you mention it, it is a bit like Sliding Doors. I think what is good about gambit is how it shows how much reality differs from the dream scenario they have worked out. Though of course they do manage to pull it off in the end.

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So you are basically penalizing a film from 1966 for all the films that came after it that copied Gamibt. Got it.

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No I'm not penalizing it - I'm simply saying the film is of its day and may of influenced others - which isn't a bad thing except that it means Gambit will have lost some of its original impact.



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"Wasted" film??

Being walked through the heist as Caine's character originally conceived allows us to experience the tension and fun of the caper as it actually plays out.

The charm lies in the disparity between the two scenarios.

It's literally a case of viva la difference.

It's a wonderful idea and the story wouldn't be half as suspenseful without it.

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