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Kaleidoscope [DVD] [1966]

3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Susannah York, Warren Beatty
  • Directors: Jack Smight
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Digital Classics DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 20 April 2009
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U74D2I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,473 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Barney Lincoln (Warren Beatty) is a cheeky young playboy with a taste for gambling who devises the ultimate scheme to cheat the casinos. After finding out that all of the casinos use the same playing card manufacturer, he breaks in and marks the kaleidoscopic pattern on printing plates for the cards.

Soon the winnings mount up as he travels across Europe beating the odds. But Barney's troubles begin when he falls for the swinging fashion designer Angel (Susannah York), who finds out about his deception. Her father, 'Manny' McGinnis (Clive Revill), is a Scotland Yard inspector who offers Barney a deal. He will keep quiet about the cards if Barney helps him catch international drug smuggler Harry Dominion (Eric Porter) through a high-stakes poker game...

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The sixties were a crazy time. Not that I was around then, but on the evidence of this film, even an innocuous date of beer and sausages in Surrey could culminate in swigging from a bottle of champagne whilst sitting astride a cow. Set largely in 'swinging' London, Warren Beatty stars as gambler Barney Lincoln, who falls in with Susannah York as fashionista Angel McGinnis. Despite its more fanciful moments, the plot is quite gripping at times, as it pits the pair against evil casino boss Harry Dominion, played with real menace by Eric Porter. Scenes where Lincoln and Dominion face each other across the gambling table are undeniably tense, and wouldn't be out of place in a Bond film. Indeed, others have remarked on the plot's similarities to the novel Casino Royale. While perhaps a little left-field for some tastes, this film will appeal to fans of other sixties thrillers, and given its rarity (I don't think I've ever seen it on UK TV, for instance), it's worth picking up this self-proclaimed, "switched on thriller".
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I saw this on TV decades ago and I thought it was great. Watching it again after all this time it doesn't appear quite as great as I thought it was. Perhaps it's just me? I shall not go on about the story but the basic presumption is that a guy (Warren Beatty) is able to win at cards in a casino because the card decks are marked. There is a super twist at the end to this story making the film well worth watching.
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I love this film. It won't win any Oscars but it is one of my top five favourite films.

Warren Beatty portrays Barney Lincoln, an American playboy who, although independently wealthy, cannot resist his plan of breaking into a Playing Card factory in Geneva and then marking the printing plates. When the cards are printed they are shipped off to the Gambling Capitals of Europe, i.e. Monte Carlo, Estoril, Baden- Baden, Rome etc. Also London which is important later in the film. He then visits casinos using these cards which he can identify, with special spectacles, by simply looking at the reverse of each one.. This assists him in securing wins, mainly playing Baccarat, from each one.

His girl friend, played beautifully by dear Susannah York, draws her Scotland Yard detective father's attention to Barney's talents. Her father wants to now use him to play Poker to beat a London Gangster who is running drugs and happens to own his own Casino. Barney cannot lose or can he?

Another delightful part of this film is that it is filmed in swinging London which in itself makes for a interesting backdrop. Historic too.

My favourite actor in this film is Clive Revill who plays the Scotland Yard detective. He is wonderful. There is also a fleeting glimpse of the enigmatic Jane Birkin.
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