Silver Bears details
|Starring:||Cybill Shepherd, Louis Jourdan, Stephane Audran, Martin Balsam, David Warner, Michael Caine|
|Run time:||1 hour 48 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Jun 2007|
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New wave qualities: original humorBy a customer from Derby , 02 Feb 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Silver Bears is one of the first US films of Ivan Passer after his emigration from the oppressed Czechoslovakia. He was among the few influential film-makers of the Czech New wave in the sixties and Silver bears is a proof to that. The humor in this film is very distinctive and original and it works perfectly with the plot. Michael Caine is adorable as usual in his 70s films and hes surely another strong element of this picture. There is a moment however, when the film loses pace and gets slightly boring: its when a brand new set of characters is introduced in the middle of the film and we dont get to see the good old, main characters for quite a while. The film lets you fall in love with the guys around Caine first and consequently, this little shift in story-telling feels like ages.
However, I dont hesitate to give it five stars: for bursting in laughter more than ten times during the film and for having a great time overall.
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good caper movieBy bobsto (63 reviews) from Pangbourne , 11 Jun 2013Funny enjoyable lightweight film. The plot is quite clever, logical, financially literate, and just about believable. Some of the locations are gorgeous too. Michael Caine is as watchable as ever.
Caine is on the moneyBy a customer from Surrey , 01 Apr 2011The plot is extremely well paced and makes financial sense. Not surprising when you learn that one of the writers, paul erdman, was the first american to establish a bank in switzerland. Which is essentially the start of this twisting narrative. The experienced film goer will anticipate the final outcome. But that still makes it an enjoyable couple of hours. I rented this because I love the kind of heist/robbery/scam movies that caine made during the 60's and 70's. He manages to make the most greedy character seem likeable. This one is up there for me with the likes of the Italian Job. Some great acting all round. This is light comedy. Not in your face laugh out loud gag a minute stuff. Charles Grey is a fine 'richest man in the world'. And the great Nigel Patrick is an uncredited financial mediator in his last cinema role. I hoped this movie would be fun - and it was.
seems very longBy juradino (815 reviews) from London , 04 Aug 2010Pretty good acting as well as direction and great locations... What can I say. Comedy doesn't come more serious when it's not black.
entertainingBy TruckerRob (3 reviews) from Thatcham , 05 Feb 2010Micheal Caine being Micheal Caine Very funny with lots of action and an almost believable plot just pure entertainmentand very watchable
Slightly off the boil..By davidbabsky (5 reviews) from Richmond , 20 Feb 2008Set in Lugano, Switzerland, Michael Caine is buying a bank for The Mob - for money laundering. Suave, penniless aristocrat Louis Jourdan introduces Caine to a silver investment (a mine) which should return millions for a small down-payment.
Early career appearances of Cybill Shepherd and Jay Leno, English character stalwarts Charles Gray, Jeremy Clyde, David Warner and Nigel Patrick make quirky casting with Stephane Audran (Babette's Feast) and US comedy schlemiel Tom Smothers, providing US and European interest.
Convoluted plot, slowly unravelling, with travelogue photography, provides a genial 'romp' with no shooting, swearing or bad manners. A little slow (2 hours) for current tastes, but a charming 'caper', with great scenery and devious twists in the tale.