The Biggest Bundle of Them All (1968)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Caper, Ensemble Film  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Caper comedies like The Biggest Bundle of Them All are not as easy to pull off as the capers themselves. Bundle is far from the worst such film, but it's still a disappointment. The basic premise is fine and full of possibilities, but the follow-through is sloppy and disjointed -- with the exception of the last 20 minutes. That stretch of the film, while not perfect, is very well done and grabs (and holds) the audience's interest in a way that the rest of the film doesn't. It moves with a purpose and with style, and it's a fine payoff. Unfortunately, the viewer has to sit through almost an hour and a half of fairly heavy going to get there. There are some amusing moments along the way, both intentional and not, such as Raquel Welch and Edward G. Robinson dancing in what is supposed to be a rather "hip" manner. Welch comes across rather better on the whole than co-star Robert Wagner, who can't carry as much of the film as he is asked to, particularly with the dated "with it" dialogue he is handed. The Biggest Bundle of Them All is perhaps best enjoyed by watching enough of the first part to understand the set up and then tuning out until the end segment.