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The Big Gamble (1961 film)

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Music director  Maurice Jarre
Country  United States
5.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Comedy, Drama
Screenplay  Irwin Shaw
Writer  Irwin Shaw
Language  English
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Director  Richard Fleischer Elmo Williams (African action sequences)
Release date  July 1961 (1961-07)
Directors  Richard Fleischer, Elmo Williams
Cast  Stephen Boyd (Vic Brennan), Juliette GrĂ©co (Marie), David Wayne (Samuel Brennan), Gregory Ratoff (Kaltenberg), Sybil Thorndike (Aunt Cathleen), Fernand Ledoux (Customs Official)
Similar movies  Guardians of the Galaxy, Survivor, Mad Max, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, The Lion King, The Jungle Book

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The Big Gamble is a 1961 adventure film directed by Richard Fleischer. It stars Stephen Boyd.


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Vic Brennan is a sailor from Dublin who decides to use his family's fortune and move to Africa to open a truck-hauling business. He is accompanied by his wife, Marie, and a meek cousin, Samuel, who loses their documents, causing customs agents to seize some of their cargo.

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As they proceed along the Ivory Coast, a plan occurs to Vic to purchase 300 cases of beer and deliver it to thirsty natives for sale. A German they encounter along the way, Kaltenberg, attempts to hijack it.

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A feverish Samuel needs to be nursed back to health. He bravely dives into a raging river to save Vic from drowning. Their misfortune continues when the truck's brakes fail, causing it and their goods to go off a cliff. Just as all seems lost, though, they safely reach their final destination.


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  • Stephen Boyd as Vic
  • Juliette Greco as Marie
  • David Wayne as Samuel
  • Gregory Ratoff as Kaltenberg
  • Sybil Thorndike as Aunt Cathleen
  • Fernand Ledoux as Customs Official
  • Marie Kean as Cynthia
  • Harold Goldblatt as The Priest
  • J. G. Devlin as The Driving Instructor
  • Reception

    Bosley Crowther of the New York Times said the movie doesn't work "despite the vigor and desperation that the tireless director, Richard Fleischer, has got the actors to display. Once we have found that Gregory Ratoff, in the role of the drunken German guide, is a sneak in a comedy character's get-up, there is no more flavor or hope. Not even the volcanic Miss Greco can maintain her inner smoldering fire. There's some good stuff early along, however. There's that wonderful trip through the surf from the side of an offshore freighter. And there's a delightful meeting along a jungle road with a band of gaily dressed natives who trade some heavy wood-chopping for some cases of beer."


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