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How to Steal a Million (1966)

 -  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.

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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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Also Known As:

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

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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 »

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When Simon replaced the Venus with the beer bottle he placed the bottle near the edge of the green plinth but when the guard is pointing at the bottle it is in the center of the plinth. See more »

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Nicole Bonnet: [having just driven Simon home] Now how do I get home?
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Two Lovers
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slight story of art stealers
26 October 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie could have been more fun that it is, but I still liked it - Audrey Hepburn, swathed in the height of chic as usual, tries to save her art forger father (the incomparable Hugh Griffith) from exposure as a fake, by stealing a statue of Venus carved by her grandfather for an art exhibition. To help her in this she enlists the help of a society burglar (the young and impossibly blue-eyed Peter O'Toole) and in the course of all this, they fall in love.

It's predictable but enjoyable to watch (and it helps that the two stars are extremely easy on the eye), but with few surprises and some slow moments, it isn't up to William Wyler's better efforts. Really just a one-dimensional story of the 1960s beautiful people, like so many other movies of its time.


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