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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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A movie about those who appreciate the finest things in life... for free! 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?


After Nicole dresses up as a cleaning lady, Simon Dermott says "That does it. For one thing, it gives Givenchy a night off." Hubert de Givenchy was Audrey Hepburn's costume designer. 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 »


Simon Dermott: Our telephones may be tapped, so I'll conduct this entire conversation in Swahili. How are you?
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Featured in Star Wars: Music by John Williams (1980) 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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" You don't think I would steal something that didn't belong to me do you?"
7 January 2009 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

If you are searching for a movie with wit, charm and delightful comedy in it, you've found it. "How to Steal a Million" is perhaps one of the finest Audrey Hepburn's films around. It's the story of a reclusive though slightly devious painter and forger (Hugh Griffith) Charles Bonnet who aside from his practice of recreating masterpieces and selling them to eccentric private collectors decides to donate a priceless but fake sculpture from his private collection to the La Fayette museum to be viewed by the general public. Not wanting to lose it to theft without compensation, the museum insures it for $1,000.000 dollars. However the insurance company wants it appraised to see if it's genuine and calls in an expert who will use modern techniques to ascertain it's authenticity. If it's discovered to be a fake, the painter, his reputation and his family will be ruined. Thus his beautiful daughter Nicole (Audrey Hepburn) must hire master bugler Simon Dermott, (Peter O'Toole) to steal it from the heavily guarded museum. At the same time, she is being pursued by Davis Leland (Eli Wallach) an American millionaire who wants to marry her. What neither Nicole, nor her father suspect is that Mr. Dermott is more than a shy bugler, he too is interested in the painter's secret hobby and his daughter. Excellent film for the family. ****

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