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Maroc 7 [DVD] [1966]
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on 13 December 2010
An engaging international caper about jewel smugglers. The head of a top fashion magazine (Cyd Charisse) uses her position as a cover for smuggling jewels as she travels the world. Enter a fellow thief (Gene Barry) who wants to cut himself in for some of the action. Directed by Gerry O'Hara and shot on location in Morocco in wide screen Panavision, it combines high fashion glamour with cat and mouse adventure as you're never quite sure if anyone is who they seem to be. The movie is perhaps too clever for its own good and far-fetched in its plotting but it's not the kind of film where realism matters much. It's a pity the film didn't have a more magnetic leading man. Gene Barry is amiable enough and he can carry a television series but he's not leading man material, not for the big screen anyway. Charisse, not known for her acting ability, surprisingly give the film's best performance. She's perfect as the cool and calculated villainess who'll let nothing get in her way. With Elsa Martinelli, Leslie Phillips, Denholm Elliott and Alexandra Stewart.

The British DVD courtesy of Network is a handsome 2.35 scope transfer.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERon 24 April 2012
Maroc 7 is a decent crime caper from 1967 that sees Gene Barry's insurance investigator masquerading as a thief conning his way into accompany Cyd Charisse and photographer Leslie Phillips on their latest photo-shoot in Morocco, which they in turn are using as cover for their latest theft. Along the way he gets to romance Elsa Martinelli, brush off Denholm Elliott's suspicious local policeman (not one of Denholm's better days) and dodge death in some gorgeously photographed locations where Kenneth Talbot's vividly colourful Scope photography goes a long way to hiding the low budget. Phillips co-produced the film as a stepladder to a directorial career that never materialised, and while the film is pretty typical 60s British production fare - imported but affordable American stars who've seen better days, exotic but not-too-expensive locations, plenty of pretty girls to get some tabloid coverage and the kind of standard-issue plot that a major studio could have polished into a throwaway vehicle for a major star a decade or so earlier - it's a more than decent one that stands up rather better than some of its contemporaries. Nothing to write a postcard home about, but a diverting enough excursion.

Network's DVD offers a colourful 2.35:1 widescreen transfer with stills galleries and original trailer as extras.
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on 21 April 2014
I remember seeing this at the cinema and thought it would be fun to see it again. So it was, but it is interesting that films from this era that we remember as fast paced seem quite pedestrian by modern standards. The plot is as thin as consommé and Gene Barry is basically reprising the character from his hit TV series "Burke's Law", but under another name. Denholm Elliott turns in a decent enough performance, as you would expect, but Leslie Phillips does not make a very convincing villain, or photographer for that matter.And what Cyd Charisse is doing in this is anyone's guess. But the locations look lovely as do the models in their "swinging sixties" clothes and it is a diverting 90 minutes or so.
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on 12 September 2010
very good w/screen transfer good colour somebody made the effort and it was worth it ,thank you.
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on 19 July 2011
I saw this film many years ago and it was with great pleasure that i review it now .The quality of this DVD is very good.Congratulations
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on 25 April 2013
I thought this might be a fun 60's spoof kind of film with nods to James Bond and other 60's caper style films like Topkapi and Gambit.

Unfortunately, what it actually is, is a dull and empty excuse to swan around Moroccan locations showing off endless ladies fashion photography shoots, and a slim plot tacked on the side about finding a priceless medallion.

Seeing the usually comical Leslie Phillips as a baddie is at least a small pleasure, but the wooden Gene Barry seems to sleepwalk through his role, and there is very little in the way of action to hold much viewer interest, with the first hour being all talk.

There are so many good caper heist films from the 60's that deserve your attention rather than this stilted dud.

As for the DVD- it is a nice quality print of the film if you like it, and there is a trailer, but for me, this just didn't cut it I'm afraid.
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on 7 August 2014
wasnt that good..but never seen in the 60s..
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