The Karate Killers

1967

Action / Adventure / Comedy / Crime / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 19%
IMDb Rating 5 10 519

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Cast

Joan Crawford as Amanda True
Kim Darby as Sandy True
David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin
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850.67 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 32 min
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1.54 GB
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English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 32 min
P/S 5 / 22

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gerard-21 6 / 10

Unfairly Given A Low Rating By Uncle Stalwarts

The only problem some reviewers seem to have is that this Uncle movie came from the dreaded season 3. But, if they put aside their bias, they would see it's actually a pretty entertaining, star-studded affair. Two guest stars (Telly Savalas and Curt Jurgens) would later go on to be featured villains in James Bond films. The femme fatale, Kim Darby would star with John Wayne in True Grit and the Pink Panther's Herbert Lom is perfect as the main protagonist. And with a special appearance by none other than Joan Crawford, what else is there to say?

I don't see the episodes this movie was culled from as overly campy. Everyone seems to treat the plot seriously enough and there are plenty of moments of sex and violence (death of Crawford, for example) that would never make it into a Adam West Batman episode. The problem is, these days everyone wants spies to be like Jason Bourne or for the action to be as melodramatic and serious as an episode of 24. This is what is ruining the Bond franchise, imo; nobody has an appreciation for tongue-in-cheek espionage anymore.

If you are willing to suspend reality and revisit the good old days of escapism, you will thoroughly enjoy this movie. It's an engaging fun affair that has our heroes trotting around the globe chasing after Hitchcockian MacGuffin ("the formula"), what else could one ask for?

Reviewed by jamesraeburn2003 5 / 10

"Probably the weakest UNCLE but good clean fun nevertheless."

THE KARATE KILLERS was the sixth big-screen enlargement of the hugely popular Man From UNCLE series. It was compiled from a two-part episode called THE FIVE DAUGHTERS AFFAIR (part one: 31 March 1967) and (part two: 7 April 1967). However, in common with it's predecessors, the TV version wasn't aired in the countries where the theatrical version was released for example Great Britain where the films were steady earners at the box office.

Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuriyakin are assigned to prevent evil THRUSH agent Randolph (HERBERT LOM) and his seemingly unstoppable karate chopping henchmen from stealing a secret formula for extracting gold from seawater. The formula has been divided up into four parts and hidden amongst the possessions of four of the five murdered inventor's daughters. Solo and Kuriyakin find themselves traveling around various parts of the globe in a race to stop THRUSH from gaining control of the world.

THE KARATE KILLERS is probably one of the weakest of the Man From UNCLE pictures because despite the caliber of the guest stars such as Terry Thomas, Curt Jurgens and Telly Savalas (who would be far more effective as Blofeld in the Bond movie ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE two years later) are not given enough to do in order to make the film live up to their talents. Having said that, Herbert Lom is good as the villain and there is an amusing send up of the MGM melodramas of the forties between him and Joan Crawford (who plays the inventor's wife) early on where Crawford throws a tantrum in front of him because she has just discovered that he has murdered her husband for his formula and Lom replies "There's no need to be melodramatic is there my dear." Another disappointing aspect of the film is that our heroes Solo and Kuriyakin get knocked out by the enemy far to many times in this one. All this doesn't mean that the movie is unwatchable, far from it, because it moves at a fast pace and there are some amusing moments here and there and don't forget - this is the sixties man so it's all good clean fun!

Followed by THE HELICOPTER SPIES (also 1967).

Reviewed by wes-connors 4 / 10

MGM Goes to Bat for the Men from U.N.C.L.E. and Every Mother's Son

This is another in a series of two-part "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." TV episodes edited into theatrical movies. It originally aired, in the spring, as "The Five Daughters Affair" – two weekly episodes of NBC's popular TV series. The movie version was released for the summer (traditionally, a television re-run season). By now, the multi-part episodes and feature film versions were completed concurrently. This was the first "U.N.C.L.E." movie without some form of the word "Spy" in the title; the episodic word "Affair" was also absent, as usual. The movie version seems mildly sexier. The most obvious difference, however, is the moving up of the "Every Mothers' Son" top ten hit "Come on Down to My Boat" to also play during the title/credit sequence. "Every Mother's Son" (the soon-to-be psychedelic pop group) and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." were both, not coincidently, produced by MGM...

In this story, secret agents Robert Vaughn (as Napoleon Solo) and David McCallum (as Illya Kuryakin) are off to find a secret formula which turns seawater into gold. When you consider the relative worth of seawater and gold, it's no surprise the dastardly organization "T.H.R.U.S.H" is also interested in obtaining the formula...

Our heroic pair travels around the world, seeking four sexy step-daughters. They end up karate-chopping in Japan. Vaughn and McCallum often appear to be sleepwalking – or running through their roles. Probably, they're just super-cool. The best sequence from director Barry Shear and the crew occurs near the end, when our heroes escape from a cell. The fifth daughter, cute Kim Darby (as Sandy True), is the main guest star and the main villain is steely-eyed Herbert Lom (as Randolph). The well-proportioned Jill Ireland makes her last "U.N.C.L.E." appearance on her TV star husband's show; not coincidently, she and Mr. McCallum were freshly divorced. Amid the crowd of guest stars is a cameo by Joan Crawford. The parade of stars and general pace resemble the "Batman" movie, based on the "Batman" TV series, which was now clearly influencing "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.".

**** The Karate Killers (8/3/67) Barry Shear ~ Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Kim Darby, Herbert Lom

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