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- michael Whitty
Not exactly James Bond but Matt Helm was America's answer to a sleuth who could save the world. Still this corny though colorful spy story, and there were four Matt Helm films in the 60s, was fairly entertaining with Dean Martin and the lovely ladies taking interest in a fun-filled way. "The Silencers" was the first and probably the best of the four as we see the guns-girls-gadgets world of Matt Helm in a more lighter way than James Bond.
A Comical Spy Adventure from the Sixties
An excellent way to while away ninety minutes plus, on some rainy afternoon. Spy stories were big back then, so anything goes. It's enjoyable today as sort of a time capsule, or just as a big goofy adventure spoof. Dean Martin has never been more casual and cool as top secret agent Matt Helm, who is called in to save the day. Stella Stevens has never been more sexy and desirable (with red hair!), as an innocent young thing who gets drawn into the espionage caper. Cyd Charisse is gorgeous in a minor supporting role, and Victor Buono is amusingly hammy as the evil enemy mastermind. What's not to enjoy?
The best parts of this movie are the colors and wardrobe. The women are beautiful and Dean Martin is silly cool. It's not really exciting or suspenseful or even funny really - it's more of just eye candy. Something you can watch without having to think too much while your eyes are dazzled.
Dean is the Man
The name of agency Matt Helm works for and it's acronmy ICE...LOL
silly & simplistic (but essential in laughs)
- dm funk
released in the day & age of super(duper) spies, et al, this matt helm movie moved the movie-going audience into laughing about itself, the seriousness (and silliness) of the cold war, spies galore and all that went with the package. back in the age when the world seemed to be on the edge of being annilihated by atomic this and atomic that, along comes dean martin, in the guise of super spy matt helm, to save the day. all the audience needed was a bag of pop corn, a soft drink and a sense of humor to enjoy laughing at the movie, the plot (?) and spending a few bucks for the evening. i was one of many who did all that and more. the overall plot was weak, but who cared. the clothes and the women devine, locales outstanding, martin was at his best and in the end he saved the world, got the girl and the audience had a good time. what's not to like, really! see it again or for the first time. i promise you will not be disappointed.
America's Answer To James Bond
- Bruce Reber
I have seen all of the Matt Helm films starring Dean Martin as the super suave and cool secret agent, taking on tough enemy spies, romancing every sexy woman in sight, and singing a song or two. I like Martin way more as the American version of James Bond 007 than I do James Coburn in the Flint films. My favorite Matt Helm film is probably the first in the series, "The Silencers". 007 may have had an Aston-Martin with an ejector seat, but Helm tools around in a 1965 Mercury station wagon with a rear compartment that coverts into a wet bar, which is just as cool. Could you please air all of the Helm films soon TCM-I'd like to see them again.
I have been waiting for TCM to air The Silencers. I have seen the other three Matt Helm movies. Any Matt Helm movie is good and worth watching if you like that genre. Matt rules!
Really bad film with Cyd Charise saving the day doing a dance to the opening # and then again in a nightclub.Dean Martin had class, not like Sinatra but he was good in his own way.