Surprise Package (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Stanley Donen|
|Produced by||Stanley Donen|
|Screenplay by||Harry Kurnitz|
|Based on||A Gift from the Boys
by Art Buchwald
|Music by||Benjamin Frankel|
|Edited by||Jim Clark|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures Corporation|
|Country||United States United Kingdom|
|Box office||$1,100,000 (US/ Canada)|
Surprise Package is a 1960 American comedy film directed by Stanley Donen and starring Yul Brynner, Mitzi Gaynor, Noël Coward, Eric Pohlmann and Barry Foster. An American gangster living on a Greek island and a deposed King hatch a plan to steal some crown jewels.
Nico March (Yul Brynner) is being deported by the U.S. government. Not wanting his money confiscated, he orders accomplice Johnny (Bill Nagy) to hide it for now while also keeping an eye on Nico's longtime girlfriend, Gabby Rogers (Mitzi Gaynor).
Exiled to an island, Nico quickly meets corrupt cop Mirales (George Coulouris), who wants a bribe, and a banished king, Pavel (Noël Coward), who wants to sell Nico his old crown. Nico is double-crossed by Johnny, who instead of sending him the money sends Gabby instead.
Nico figures out where the king's crown is hidden inside the old castle and plans to steal it, using Gabby to distract him. Other criminals, including Dr. Panzer (George Coulouris) and strongman Igor (Alf Dean), want to get to it first. They steal it from Nico and knock him unconscious, but end up placed under arrest. Tibor (Guy Deghy), Nico's Hungarian spy friend, steals it back, and gets shot and dies in Gabby's arms, and Gabby gives it to Stavrin (Lyndon Brook), who will place the crown in a monastery, for all the people of Anatolia to see. Nico proposes, and Gabby accepts, and they get married. Nico and the king both need money, so they turn the latter's castle into a casino, where Gabby "now" works as the hat & coat check girl.
- Yul Brynner as Nico March
- Mitzi Gaynor as Gabby Rogers
- Noël Coward as King Pavel II
- George Coulouris as Dr. Panzer
- Eric Pohlmann as Mirales
- Guy Deghy as Tibor
- Lyndon Brook as Stavrin
- Alf Dean as Igor Trofim (as Man Mountain Dean)
- Lionel Murton as US Marshal
- Barry Foster as US Marshal
- Bill Nagy as Johnny Stettina
- Carol White as Sexy Teenager
- "Rental Potentials of 1960", Variety, 4 January 1961 p 47. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
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- Surprise Package at the TCM Movie Database
- Surprise Package at the American Film Institute Catalog
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