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
The police escort vehicles featured in the beginning sequence are as follows: a 1965/66 Citroen DS-21 unmarked police sedan, a 1965 Citroen Type H Police van, and a '65 Citroen H delivery van. The Citroen DS-21 sedan, designed by famed industrial designer Flaminio Bertoni, is a particularly noteworthy addition to this movie as its futuristic and aerodynamic signature concept design, along with its innovative technology - the first mass-produced car to feature front disc brakes - caused the DS to be named "the most beautiful car of all times" by Classic and Sports Car Magazine. See more »
Dermott makes a point early in the film to have Nicole wipe his fingerprints off the frame of her father's forged Van Gogh which he's handled without gloves. But later he bare-handedly substitutes a wine bottle for the statuette he's just purloined. The Head Guard later has a minion remove that piece of evidence likewise barehanded. See more »
William Wyler was at the end of his distinguished career when he undertook this project. The film with a screen play by Harry Kurnitz is a film that doesn't break any new grounds, but it's a favorite of a lot of fans, no doubt because of the luminous presence of Audrey Hepburn, a star of such charisma and elegance, unmatched by her peers.
Audrey Hepburn is seen in the film through the loving eyes of Mr. Wyler, a director who had worked with the star before. In fact, it was Mr. Wyler who was instrumental in directing Ms. Hepburn in "Roman Holiday", her big break in the American cinema. Audrey Hepburn is seen in the film at her best thanks to Givenchy, a designer that loved her, and whose clothes adorn the star and give the film a touch of chic.
Peter O'Toole makes an interesting partner for Ms. Hepburn. As Simon Dermott, Mr. O'Toole is the perfect match for his co-star. Both actors are seen at their most charismatic selves. They seem to be having the time of their lives working for Mr. Wyler and living it up in Paris!
The supporting cast is excellent. Hugh Griffith, Charles Boyer, Eli Wallach, Fernand Gravey and Marcel Dalio, and the rest grace the film with their distinguished presence and contribute to the general fun generated by this gentle caper.
Thanks to Mr. Wyler and its stars "How to Steal a Million" is a pleasure to watch.
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