They Came to Rob Las Vegas is a 1968 crime film directed by Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi and starring Gary Lockwood, Elke Sommer, Lee J. Cobb, and Jack Palance. The screenplay concerns a crime outfit who plan a heist to rob a hi-tech truck containing $7 million in Las Vegas. Its Spanish title was Las Vegas 500 Milliones. Filming took place in California, Nevada, and Spain.
|They Came to Rob Las Vegas|
|Directed by||Antonio Isasi|
|Based on||the novel Les Hommes De Las Vegas|
by André Lay
|Produced by||Nat Wachsberger|
|Edited by||Emilio Rodríguez|
|Music by||Georges Garvarentz|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.-Seven Arts (United States)|
Steve Skorsky has built himself a reputation in security transport for financial institutions. His security trucks are considered impregnable with armed guards and computer controlled routing. No one has ever successfully raided a Skorsky truck until, ...... They came to rob Las Vegas.
Gino Vincenzo escapes from prison and plans to rob a Skorsky truck with his brother Tony in an armed assault, but Tony turns down the idea saying it needs more modern planning. Gino goes ahead anyway and he and his gang are killed in the attempt.
Tony plans a new robbery, but Inspector Douglas of the Treasury is also after Skorsky as he uses his trucks to move gold for the Mafia. Tony takes a job as a dealer in a Las Vegas casino in order to seduce Ann Bennett who is Skorsky’s secretary and also his mistress. She is a compulsive gambler and Tony helps her to win in return for a share of the profits. She falls in love with him and he persuades her to provide the information he needs to ambush a Skorsky truck in the Nevada desert. He and his gang hide the truck in an underground bunker where they will have time to either persuade the crew to come out, or break into it, but impatience gets the better of the gang members who try to employ their own methods. The plan starts to disintegrate as Inspector Douglas, Steve Skorsky, and the Mafia all try to find the truck which seems to have vanished. Tony eventually succeeds, but Ann urges him to forget about the money and run away with her so that they can be together. It’s then that she realises it was never about the money. It was about ruining Skorsky’s reputation in revenge for the death of Tony’s brother.
- Gary Lockwood – Tony Vincenzo/Tony Ferris
- Elke Sommer – Ann Bennett
- Lee J. Cobb – Steve Skorsky
- Jean Servais – Gino Vincenzo
- Georges Géret – Leroy
- Jack Palance – Douglas
- Fabrizio Capucci – Cooper
- Roger Hanin – The Boss
- Gustavo Re – Salvatore
- Daniel Martín – Merino
- Maurizio Arena – Clark
- Enrique Ávila – Baxter
- Gérard Tichy – Sheriff Klinger
- Rubén Rojo – Brian
US - Las Vegas Nevada, San Francisco California, Angels Flight Railway Los Angeles. SPAIN - Tabernas, Almería, Andalucía, Madrid, Barcelona, Catalonia.
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- Browning, Norma Lee (March 31, 1968). "Elke Prefers Hollywood to Europe for Movie Making". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, IL. p. G13. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
- Thompson, Howard (February 6, 1969). "'They Came to Rob Las Vegas' Opens". The New York Times. New York, NY. p. 3D. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
- Thomas, Kevin (February 22, 1969). "'Rob Las Vegas' in Multiples". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, CA. p. A7. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
They Came to Rob Las Vegas"—but stayed in Spain to make much of this trite "perfect crime" movie (in multiples).
- Adams, Marjory (March 7, 1969). "Lockwood makes 'Las Vegas' lively". Boston Globe. Boston, MA. p. 25. Retrieved May 14, 2012.