Seven Golden Men / Sette uomini d’oro (1965)

4.5 out of 5

Eliminating any type of tedium that comes with a plot setup, viewers of Marco Vicario’s Seven Golden Men are at first left to orient themselves from the start, as it becomes apparent that things are underway immediately with an impressive and well-drawn out gold theft, masterminded by an elegant and coolheaded Professor, played by Philippe Leroy, and carried out by his international cast of professionals, all of which would seem like strangers to viewers at first, on account of everyone being introduced so quickly, but eventually become familiar and likable characters.

A focal point of interest to most going into this is the stunning Rossana Podestà who serves as a visually provocative accessory that is utilized for practically the entire film, never revealing herself fully in the nude, but just revealing enough to still make things very sexy.

Everything is very innocent without a single person shot, murdered, or killed, which seems unusual for a crime/caper film, but the elaborate heist is thrilling enough and things just get better with inevitable post heist betrayals and hijinks, as the film never slows down and always moves forward towards a chaotic and highly entertaining ending.

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