6 December 2006 | moonspinner55
Flashy, unmemorable star-vehicle...
Warren Beatty struggled through a few duds in-between his star-making role in "Splendor In The Grass" and his re-emergence as a superstar in "Bonnie & Clyde". This film, though Warren is good in it, is incredibly slim. The production looks great, there's livelier-than-usual pacing from director Jack Smight, but it's just a puff piece--and not likely to be something Beatty is very proud of. Plot has a scam-artist in Europe breaking into a playing card factory and changing the reverse designs into code (I kid you not) so he can successfully cheat at all the top casinos! Much of the film is exposition, a big build-up to the climax, and supporting players Susannah York and Clive Revill are left without much to do. Flashy outing certainly looks handsome, but it's swinging '60s balderdash. ** from ****