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How to Steal a Million (1966)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 19 August 1966 (UK)
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Romantic comedy about a woman who must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father's art forgeries, and the man who helps her.

Director:

William Wyler

Writers:

George Bradshaw (based on a story by), Harry Kurnitz (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audrey Hepburn ... Nicole Bonnet
Peter O'Toole ... Simon Dermott
Eli Wallach ... Davis Leland
Hugh Griffith ... Charles Bonnet
Charles Boyer ... DeSolnay
Fernand Gravey ... Grammont
Marcel Dalio ... Senor Paravideo
Jacques Marin ... Chief Guard
Moustache ... Guard
Roger Tréville ... Auctioneer (as Roger Treville)
Edward Malin Edward Malin ... Insurance Clerk (as Eddie Malin)
Bert Bertram Bert Bertram ... Marcel
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Storyline

In Paris, wealthy Charles Bonnet is well known in the art world as a collector of rare pieces, mostly of the impressionist masters. He will on occasion sell paintings from his collection at auction. In reality, he is an art forger, he only reproducing those pieces known to have gone missing. His daughter, Nicole Bonnet, wants him to stop this business fearing that some day soon he will get caught. She is most concerned about he loaning out his Cellini Venus statue to the Kléber-Lafayette Museum, as she knows that technology can now test for things such as material age which would prove that the statue and by association he is a fraud. He ends up causing a problem for himself when he signs a $1 million insurance policy for the statue for the museum, which unwittingly allows them to test the piece for its authenticity. To save her father from jail, Nicole feels the only thing she can do is try to steal the statue from the gallery which may not be the easiest thing to do especially as ... Written by Huggo

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S-S-S-H-H-H-H-H - Meet a couple of smart operators who give a lesson in love and larceny See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 August 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

William Wyler's How to Steal a Million See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

World Wide Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Walter Matthau was the first choice for the Eli Wallach part but was looking for $200,000 so they went with the less expensive George C. Scott. Scott had been on the set a few weeks before shooting began. However on his first day of shooting, he didn't turn up until after lunch, and director William Wyler took the decision to fire him. He was already finding it difficult to handle two heavy drinkers, Peter O'Toole and Hugh Griffith, and the prospect of a third one was just too overwhelming. On hearing of Scott's removal from the production, Audrey Hepburn became quite inconsolable. See more »

Goofs

When Bonnet gives the curator the statue, the Curator actually touches the white marble with his bare hands. A real curator would never touch a real marble with his bare hands as the oils from the skin can stain the marble, turning it yellow. Curators would always wear white gloves before touching any work of art, let alone a marble sculpture. See more »

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Simon Dermott: Our telephones may be tapped, so I'll conduct this entire conversation in Swahili. How are you?
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Two Lovers
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User Reviews

 
You really are the smuggest and most hateful man !
4 March 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

William Wyler crafts a delightfully frothy caper backed up by wonderful on screen chemistry between Peter O'Toole & Audrey Hepburn. It seems to me that Hepburn always managed to bond with her Male co-stars, and here the interplay between O'Toole and herself is wonderful. Check out a long sequence of events involving the pair hiding out in a closet, it's gold dusted cinema. The films central plot involves Hepburn & O'Toole planning a daring robbery from a Paris museum to keep her art forger Father {a delightful Hugh Griffith} out of trouble, at first the couple are purely business partners with no love lost for each other, but as the story plays out the pair are forced to get along and etc. The burglary itself is dramatic, attention grabbing entertainment, and it's also the film's highest point, but overall the film as a whole is simply good romantic fun. While it also features a very tidy shift for its finale to further reward the audience for their time spent with the movie. Throw in dapper turns from Charles Boyer & Eli Wallach too, and it's all good really. Open the wine, sit back and relax with Pete & Audrey. 8/10


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