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How to Steal a Million (1966)

Approved | | 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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Complete credited cast:
Davis Leland
Senor Paravideo
Jacques Marin ...
Chief Guard
Moustache ...
Roger Tréville ...
Auctioneer (as Roger Treville)
Edward Malin ...
Insurance Clerk (as Eddie Malin)
Bert Bertram ...


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 »


Comedy | Crime | Romance


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Release Date:

19 August 1966 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peter O'Toole and Eli Wallach previously appeared together in Lord Jim (1965). See more »


When Nicole tells her father she drove Simon home, he spits back some champagne into his glass, then hands it half full to her. In the next shot when they walk to the chairs, the glass is nearly full. See more »


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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Referenced in Uncle Daddy: How to Steal an Idea (2013) See more »


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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Audrey in couture
13 April 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

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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