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Penelope (1966)

Comedy about a flighty, bored, kleptomaniac wife of a banker who robs her husband's bank of $60,000.

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James B. Elcott
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Dr. Gregory Mannix
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Lt. Bixbee
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Professor Klobb
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Sadaba
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Ducky
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Mildred
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Major Higgins
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Bank Manager
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Storyline

When James met Penelope at a club, it took all of three weeks before they were married. But after the marriage, other women became attracted to James and he kept getting promoted, which took him away from Penelope. So Penelope puts on a disguise and robs her husband's bank. Her psychiatrist, Greg, believes that this condition is caused by James being over worked and under romantic with Penelope. She also tells Greg that she robs the business associates of James. But Greg is in love with Penelope - in fact everyone likes her. The problem is when she confesses to her crimes, no one believes her. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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She's Public Entertainment No. 1 See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Min kone er bankrøver  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Second consecutive film starring both Natalie Wood and Peter Falk, following "The Great Race" (1965). See more »

Goofs

When Penelope and her husband are riding in the back of the police van near the end of the movie, the view out the back door windows of the van is visible behind them. The process shot being used was filmed from a vehicle moving forward, which would mean that the police van was driving down the street backwards. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits are animated. Black hands without a body steal the diamonds contained in the first letter in the first name of the actors and crew members. See more »

Connections

Featured in Penelope's Fashion Show (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Penelope
Words by Leslie Bricusse
Music by John Williams (as Johnny Williams)
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Silly
20 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pretty dumb comedy about neglected wife Natalie Wood becoming a kleptomaniac to get her husband's (Ian Bannen's) attention. She even sees a psychiatrist (a very annoying Dick Shawn) to try to be cured. Then she robs her husband's bank and things just get sillier...

This isn't a total bomb. It's beautifully photographed--I've never seen NYC look like this; the settings and costumes are incredible; Wood is just gorgeous and Bannen is handsome and actually quite amusing as her husband. But two things destroy this--the script and Shawn. Shawn is WAY over the top in his performance--he's not funny just annoying. The script is pretty poor--there are a few good parts here and there but most of the comedy is just BAD!!! Wood and Bannen give it their all but the material just isn't there. The rest of the cast just overacts (horribly). It leads to a "happy" ending which had me rolling my eyes.

So it's worth seeing for Wood, Bannen, the cinematography (letter boxing is a must) and some mildly humorous material. Otherwise--forget it. I give it a 6.


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