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They Came To Rob Las Vegas
Alternate Title: An einem Freitag in Las Vegas
Director: Antonio Isasi Isasmendi (Dir)
Release Date:   1969
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 5 Feb 1969
Duration (in mins):   129
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Cast:   Gary Lockwood (Tony Vincenzo)  
    Elke Sommer (Anne)  
    Lee J. Cobb (Skorsky)  
    Jack Palance (Douglas)  
    Georges Géret (Leroy)  
    Gustavo Re (Salvatore)  
    Daniel Martín (Merino)  
    Jean Servais (Gino Vincenzo)  
    Roger Hanin (The boss)  
    Maurizio Arena (Clark)  
    Armand Mestral (Mass)  
    Fabrizio Capucci (Cooper)  
    Enrique Avila (Baxter)  
    Rossella Bergamonti    
    Gérard Tichy    
    Rubén Rojo    

Summary: When his older brother is killed in San Francisco while trying to rob an armored truck owned by Skorsky, Tony Vincenzo, a Las Vegas casino dealer, vows to honor his brother's memory by successfully executing the robbery. He seduces Anne, Skorsky's secretary and mistress, and learns from her the details of a shipment coming by van from the Las Vegas casino to a California bank. Tony and his gang waylay the truck in the Nevada desert, dispose of all but one guard, and attempt to cut through the van's steel plating with blowtorches. Unknown to Tony, Skorsky has been using his company as a cover for smuggling gold ingots into Mexico for the Mafia, and the operation has aroused the suspicion of Douglas, a federal treasury agent. Meanwhile, Tony's men begin fighting among themselves; and during the mayhem, the guard inside the van, who is actually a government agent, wounds Tony and locks him in the van before dying. Tony manages to open the truck by short-circuiting the electrical lock; he then telephones Anne to meet him. She arrives, followed by Douglas' team of treasury agents, as well as Skorsky and several Mafia members. At the same time, some of Tony's men return with explosives and set off a blast which kills them and scatters the contents of the truck across the desert. As the police move in to arrest the remaining conspirators, Tony breaks into laughter, satisfied that he has avenged his brother's death. 

Production Company: Capitole Films  
  Franca Film  
  Isasi Producciones Cinematograficas  
Distribution Company: Warner Bros.--Seven Arts, Inc.  
Director: Antonio Isasi Isasmendi (Dir)
  Luis Garcia (Asst dir)
  Marcelino Riba (Asst dir)
  U. Volz (Asst dir)
Producer: Nat Wachsberger (Exec prod)
Writer: Antonio Isasi Isasmendi (Scr)
  Jo Eisinger (Scr)
  Luis Comerón (Scr)
  Jorge Illa (Scr)
  Giovanni Simonelli (Scr)
  Jo Eisinger (Dial)
Photography: Juan Gelpí (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Antonio Cortés (Art dir)
  Juan Alberto Soler (Art dir)
Film Editor: Elena Jaumandreu (Film ed)
  Emilio Rodriguez Oses (Film ed)
Costumes: I. Penezis (Cost)
Music: Georges Garvarentz (Mus)
Special Effects: Antonio Baquero (Spec eff)
Production Misc: Pedro Villanueva (Scr supv)
  Antonio Irlés (Prod supv)
  Miguel Grau (Prod mgr)
  Peter Goldbaum (Prod asst)
Country: France

Source Text: Based on the novel Les hommes de Las Végas by André Lay (Paris, 1969).
Authors: André Lay

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Isasi Producciones Cinematograficas 21/12/1968 dd/mm/yyyy LF121

Physical Properties: col: Technicolor
  Widescreen/ratio: Techniscope

Genre: Melodrama
Sub-Genre: Crime
Subjects (Major): Armored cars
  Government agents
  Impersonation and imposture
  Las Vegas (NV)
  San Francisco (CA)
  United States. Treasury Department

Note: Location scenes filmed in Almería, Spain, and in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Opened in Paris in Jan 1969 as Les hommes de Las Végas at 120 min; released in Italy as Radiografia d'un colpo d'oro ; opened in Madrid in Oct 1968 as Las Vegas, 500 millones at 127 min; in West Germany in Mar 1969 as An einem Freitag in Las Vegas at 130 min. 

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