Master Stroke

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  • 1967
  • 1 hr 51 min
  • 6.3  (124)

Master Stroke is a thrilling caper film from 1967 that stars Richard Harrison, Adolfo Celi, and Margaret Lee. The film follows con artist Tony Kendall (Harrison) who teams up with fellow swindler Marco (Celi) to pull off a daring heist. Together, they devise an elaborate plan to steal a valuable painting from a wealthy businessman's private collection.

The movie begins with Tony Kendall getting released from a British prison after serving a sentence for his past crimes. Upon his release, he travels to Rome, where he meets Marco. They soon discover that they have a shared love for conning rich people out of their money. With their mutual interest in scamming, the two decide to team up for their biggest heist yet.

Their target is a wealthy businessman named Mr. Barresi, who owns a priceless painting. The painting is kept on display at Barresi's lavish mansion, and is heavily guarded by security. To pull off the heist, Tony and Marco decide to pose as art experts and offer to buy the painting from Barresi. However, their true intentions are to steal the painting during the negotiation process.

The two con artists soon encounter a major obstacle in Barresi's beautiful and cunning mistress, Silvia (Lee). Silvia is an expert in art history and quickly sees through their disguise. She becomes suspicious of their intentions and makes it difficult for them to get close to Barresi.

Despite Silvia's interference, Tony and Marco manage to get closer to their target by staging a fake robbery of Barresi's other paintings. This makes him more willing to sell his prized painting to them. However, just when it looks like their plan is about to come to fruition, their past starts to catch up with them. A group of gangsters that Tony double-crossed in the past comes after him, trying to kill him.

The race is on for Tony, Marco, and Silvia to obtain the painting and make their escape before the gangsters catch up to them. The final act of the film is an intense and action-packed sequence that will have the audience on the edge of their seats as the characters put their skills to the test to get out alive.

Overall, Master Stroke is a film that delivers on its promises of suspense and intrigue. The performances by the three leads are excellent, with Richard Harrison and Adolfo Celi playing their con-artist characters with just the right amount of charm and cunning. Margaret Lee brings a much-needed complexity to the role of Silvia, making her more than just a damsel in distress. The movie also boasts an impressive soundtrack by composer Piero Piccioni, which adds to the overall tension of the suspenseful scenes.

In conclusion, Master Stroke is a must-see for fans of heist films and con-artist movies. Its engaging plot, memorable characters, and intense action scenes make it an enjoyable and thrilling ride from start to finish.

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    1 hr 51 min
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    6.3  (124)