Light and airy—Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine carry this heist caper into the archives (by a thin margin)
Notable for the false star surreal opening where they pull off the heist to perfection (MacLaine doesn’t speak for the first 29 minutes). It’s a dream—and the rest of the film is reality (where the heist doesn’t go as smooth and is funny)
MacLaine is stunning here- at her most beautiful
Apparently MacLaine (at the height of her star-power clout in 1966) hand-picked Caine and brought him over across the pond for his first Hollywood film. The poster is interesting- it teases the opening of the film and refers to him as “Alfie”—and Caine is good here- smooth.
A strong Maurice Jarre score- it riffs a little on the Doctor Zhivago score from the previous year
MacLaine and Caine clearly have good chemistry here
Neame is no Hitchcock for the long silent caper sequences—he’s not even Wyler (who also made a 1966 caper How to Steal a Million)
No major artist achievement- the ending is a little weak as Caine’s character turns pretty easily given his motives the previous hour 75 minutes