WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The one thing "sixties cinema" was not short on was swinginí spies. There was James Bond, Derek Flint, Harry Palmer and in THE SILENCERS, itís Matt Helm. Dean Martin plays the cooler-than-cool spy extraordinaire who is even hornier (if you can believe that) than 007. The story is as basic as it gets. Helm and a sex kitten (Stella Stevens) try to stop a madmanís plot to take over the world.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Before I start my review, let me just begin by saying that Iím a rat-packer. I love them all, but Iíve always had a soft spot Dino. Whether in a crime caper (OCEANíS ELEVEN) or a classic western (RIO BRAVO), he never fails to impress the hell out of me, while at the same time, making me feel awful because I know I donít stand a ghost of a chance of ever being as cool as he was. But, goddamn it, Iím trying every day and itís all thanks to Dean! I say that to illustrate that even in the cheesefest that is THE SILENCERS, Martin is a treat to watch at work. He doesnít even want to be a secret agent! If he had it his way, heíd always be lounging in his ultra bachelor pad (this is one impressive set-up heís got) and frolicking with the honeys that are always around.
Also, if you like cleavage, this movie will not disappoint you either. The women in this film are not only exquisitely shaped, but they also happen to be complete knockouts!! Stella Stevens originally got my motor running in THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, but in this...sheís criminally hot! Itís also got all the basic ďspy movieĒ elements we all enjoy: Bad guyís lair, sexy ladies with sexy names, wacky gadgets and some good old-fashioned male chauvinism. Here comes the ďbutĒÖthe visual effects are lousy, the acting so-so (at best) and the story very generic. Itís only Dinoís effortless charm, women, wisecracks, drinking and singing (his songs play over many scenes) that made me give this movie a passing grade.
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If you want some Dino with your dinner on Saturday night, go rent THE SILENCERS and enjoy. Don't forget to bring the wine though, you'll need it for the overdose of cheese spread across this flick. There arenít any extras to stop you from making an early move on the wife either, fellas. Trust me, Dean will inspire you to go the whole nine yards, and then someÖ A fun companion piece to this film might be SUPERFLY.