The Invincible Six
Our rating: two lava lamps
This movie answers the question "What happens when an American film crew and eight mediocre actors are set loose in Iran?" Well, the answer is that you end up with a sort of Iranian A-Team. Based on the book "The Heroes of Yucca," The Invincible Six features a ragtag group of jewel thieves (led by Stuart Whitmore) who become the unofficial guardians of a small Iranian village. When bandits attack the village, looking for the body of their former leader and his treasure map, the Invincible Six are there to save the day.
Gosh, we love reviewing movies from the late sixties. We love the distinctive music, the dark footage shot on poor-quality 35mm film, the flamboyant hairstyles. We also love the various special film processes they used to make moviewatching more exciting.
For example, when the car chases begin, they use the time-honored "sped-up film Excite-O-Scope" technique. When shooting at night, The Invincible Six is filmed in "Murk-o-Rama." And when there's important action going on, they use "Confusi-Vision" to make sure you can't tell what's happening. Not that you're in any danger of understanding this film. There's not much to understand. We suspect that The Invincible Six was edited with a paper-cutter.
As sixties rough-and-tumble films go, this one falls squarely in the middle of the road. The actors are forgettable and somewhat laughable, but there are enough plot twists going on to keep you vaguely interested. True to our predictions at the beginning of the film, the village harbors a babe, as does the group of bandits (sixties sex-screen-queen Elke Sommer). As always, the woman who runs with the group of bandits is much more interesting than the good girl who lives in the village (but we guess it's not her fault that she's the daughter of the chief of police).
The main thing saving this film from a singular lava lamp rating is the action sequences. There's a terrific stunt done on a motorcycle that was clearly accidental, but director Jean Negulesco decided to leave it in, and for that we applaud him. But what else would you expect from one of the uncredited directors of The Greatest Story Ever Told? We were actually kind of stunned to discover that this was the man who directed How to Marry a Millionaire and other terrific films. The Invincible Six isn't exactly his masterpiece.
By and large, this is a film you can leave alone or rent when you're bored and in need of a good laugh.
Review date: 12/9/96
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