Hot Millions (1968)

G  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  1969 (Norway)
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A paroled London fraudster poses as a computer specialist in order to work for an insurance company that entirely relies on its corporate server.


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Marcus Pendleton / Caesar Smith
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Caesar Smith
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A Cockney con-artist just out of prison replaces an insurance company's computer programmer and sends claim checks to himself in various guises at addresses all over Europe. Meanwhile, he falls in love with inept secretary and frustrated flutist, Maggie Smith. Written by <>

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This is a picture of a perfect embezzler.


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1969 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

A Máquina de Fazer Milhões  »

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1.37 : 1
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In the film Maggie Smith takes Bob Newhart shopping where she is seen trying on clothes and buying an outfit for £20 at the Apple Boutique on Baker Street, London, a boutique owned and operated by The Beatles. The boutique, which was the first venture of their Apple Corps Ltd company, and featured a large psychedelic mural on the external wall, was only operated for several months in 1968 before being closed down and the contents given away to the public for free. Hot Millions provides one of the few rare filmed glimpses of the boutique's interior. See more »


At the bridge game (c.9 minutes) the dealer should bid first, not the third hand. The next bid (six spades)thereafter is from the second hand but the bidding should have been in a clockwise direction, not anti-clockwise. See more »


Patty: As my broker always says, the first million is always the hardest.
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There Is Another Song
Composed by Laurie Johnson
Published by EMI United Partership
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Hot Millions rocks with swinging...Peter Ustinov?
1 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw Hot Millions on TCM and I had completely forgotten this gem. Ustinov creates a clever and divisive plot that has him cleverly going from two bit con man to ingenious... Well you'll see. Maggie Smith is perfect as the bumbling secretary/neighbor who has a tough time holding a job but has a warm and vibrant personality that beams through in this picture. She creates a fine portrayal of a warm, witty and real person who in the long run...well...

Molden and Newhart as top executives take on the challenge of making what could be banal roles and make them come out into a comic life of their own.

Robert Morley and Ceasar Romero are just a pleasure to see and I know at least in Romero's case Ustinov is extending a helping hand of work.

This film is meant to be a shot back at the rising computer age and it's problems for the average con man or man for that matter but in fact the characters are so involving and so much fun to watch that the computer sub plot is almost lost...I say almost.

Let down your usual expectations of modern comedy and look for the great performances and friendly, forgiving and deeply involving plot in this picture.

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