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Seven Thieves (1960)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 11 March 1960 (West Germany)
A motley crew of professional thieves plans the robbery of a Monte Carlo casino vault.

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Theo Wilkins
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Alexander Scourby ...
Raymond Le May
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Louis Antonizzi
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Hugo Baumer
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In Monte Carlo, Theo Wilkins recruits his young protégé Paul Mason - just released from prison - to help him rob the famous casino of $4 million. The plan is straightforward. On the night of the Governor's Ball, Theo will create a distraction in the casino by having one of the team collapse requiring urgent medical attention. During that time Paul and another member of the crew will get the money from the vault. When the ambulance arrives, the money will leave with the sick man. The plan is a good one but not everyone will survive the robbery and no one will get rich from it. Written by garykmcd

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They Will Hold You Like a Pointed Gun! "Al Capone" and "Little Caesar" in the most fabulous robbery that ever rocked Monte Carlo!

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Siete ladrones  »

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$1,650,000 (estimated)
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The theme from the 1944 film Laura was used in one of the night club scenes. See more »

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Theo's hand jumps on and off Paul's arm between shots as they sit at the casino bar. See more »

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The names of the cast appear on items on a gaming table. See more »

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Referenced in Ocean's Eleven (2001) See more »

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At Last
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Music by Harry Warren
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Unusual noir on the Riviera
18 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Usually films located on a place as lovely as the French Riviera, especially Monte Carlo get the full technicolor treatment like To Catch a Thief. But in Seven Thieves director Henry Hathaway opted for black and white because this is a noir and the key here is the plot of the caper and the relationships of the characters.

Expatriate American academician Edward G. Robinson calls on a young protégé Rod Steiger to come over from America to help him heist a casino in Monte Carlo. He's recruited a gang and needs someone he can trust to keep them in line.

Robinson's role is similar to that of Sam Jaffe in The Asphalt Jungle and Steiger it seems is his Sterling Hayden.

That's how it seems at the start, but there's a whole lot more going on here as the characters reveal themselves bit by bit during the planning and execution of the caper.

Coincidentally in the same year another caper film, Ocean's 11 about robbing casinos also came out. But this is definitely not as lighthearted as that Ratpack romp.

What to watch for is the relationships between Robinson and Steiger and between Steiger, Joan Collins and Eli Wallach.

Nicely done little noir classic.


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