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How to Steal a Million (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 19 August 1966 (UK)
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.

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Davis Leland
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Bonnet
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DeSolnay
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Grammont
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Senor Paravideo
Jacques Marin ...
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Roger Tréville ...
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Edward Malin ...
Insurance Clerk (as Eddie Malin)
Bert Bertram ...
Marcel
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Storyline

Nicole's father, a legendary art collector, lends his prized Cellini Venus to a prestigious Paris museum. Unfortunately, the Venus was *not* sculpted by Cellini but by Nicole's grandfather. (Her father is a forger as well, but his specialty is paintings.) Before tests can be done which would prove the Venus a fake, Nicole enlists the services of "society burglar" Simon Demott to steal the million dollar statue. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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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 »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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19 August 1966 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

How to Steal a Million Dollars and Live Happily Ever After  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

William Wyler first considered making this film as a follow up to Roman Holiday (1953); as in that film, Gregory Peck would have played the male lead opposite Audrey Hepburn. At that time he had a darker mood in mind and approached Stanley Kubrick, who had recently made The Killing (1956), to contribute. See more »

Goofs

As Dermot is getting the key from the wall, you very briefly see that the corner of the two walls is capped with raised molding, impossible to get by with just a magnet - which is why the scene breaks away and when it returns to the key later it is on the other wall already. See more »

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Charles Bonnet: American millionaires must be all quite mad. Perhaps it's something they put in the ink when they print the money.
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Featured in Star Wars: Music by John Williams (1980) See more »

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La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
In the score when the statue is transported to the museum
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Bright, Sophisticated, Funny!
15 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Movie was one of the best Audrey made - not an easy statement to make since she made so many great ones. "How to steal a million" is not as well known as her early works (Roman Holiday for example) or as well regarded as Breakfast at Tiffany's (Considered her Signature role), but it is far and away her best comedic work.The casting for the movie was very good. from the principals down to the supporting cast. Notice especially the casting of Hugh Griffith as Charles Bonnet in the role of Audrey's (Nicole's) errant but very endearing Papa, The interplay of those two Characters together with her scenes with Peter O'Toole as Simon Dermott (Society Burglar / Private Investigator / Love Interest) secured, to my mind at any rate, the movie's success. In addition, notice also the performances of Jacques Marin and Moustache as the museum security guards. Both of these turned in terrific work in supporting roles as did Charles Boyer in his (all too brief) appearance as the art Dealer DeSolnay. The sole weak point was I believe the casting of Eli Walach for the character of Davis Leland. Though his performance was adequate, he was not the best choice for this character (a role that was originally intended for George C. Scott). In Summary: The casting was wonderful, The characters were believable, Principals were excellent together and the dialog was bright,sophisticated and (did I mention?) FUNNY! Conclusion: This is one my favorite movies. I have watched it repeatedly over the years and it never fails to makes me laugh. So, If you like to laugh and especially if you're a fan of either Audrey or Peter then this movie is a "must-have". I rate it 10 out of 10.


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