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Seven Thieves (1960)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 11 March 1960 (West Germany)
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A motley crew of professional thieves plans the robbery of a Monte Carlo casino vault.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Max Catto (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Theo Wilkins
Rod Steiger ... Paul Mason
Joan Collins ... Melanie
Eli Wallach ... Poncho
Alexander Scourby ... Raymond Le May
Michael Dante ... Louis Antonizzi
Berry Kroeger ... Hugo Baumer
Sebastian Cabot ... Director of Casino
Marcel Hillaire ... Duc di Salins
John Beradino ... Chief of Detectives
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Storyline

In Monte Carlo, Theo Wilkins recruits his young protégé Paul Mason - just released from prison - to help him rob the famous casino of $4 million. The plan is straightforward. On the night of the Governor's Ball, Theo will create a distraction in the casino by having one of the team collapse requiring urgent medical attention. During that time Paul and another member of the crew will get the money from the vault. When the ambulance arrives, the money will leave with the sick man. The plan is a good one but not everyone will survive the robbery and no one will get rich from it. Written by garykmcd

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Theirs was the master plan that robbed the bank at Monte Carlo! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 March 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Siete ladrones See more »

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Budget:

$1,650,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Collins was coached in the art of striptease by Candy Barr. See more »

Goofs

Theo's hand jumps on and off Paul's arm between shots as they sit at the casino bar. See more »

Quotes

Theo Wilkins: Now, an international axiom. A man who says "whiskey" is an Englishman. A man who says "double whiskey" is an Irishman. But a man who asks, "Have you any ice?" is an American.
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Crazy Credits

The names of the cast appear on items on a gaming table. See more »

Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Art Carney (2) (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Begin To Tell You
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Music by James V. Monaco
Played by the band at Le Cave while Theo and Paul talk
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Unusual noir on the Riviera
18 March 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Usually films located on a place as lovely as the French Riviera, especially Monte Carlo get the full technicolor treatment like To Catch a Thief. But in Seven Thieves director Henry Hathaway opted for black and white because this is a noir and the key here is the plot of the caper and the relationships of the characters.

Expatriate American academician Edward G. Robinson calls on a young protégé Rod Steiger to come over from America to help him heist a casino in Monte Carlo. He's recruited a gang and needs someone he can trust to keep them in line.

Robinson's role is similar to that of Sam Jaffe in The Asphalt Jungle and Steiger it seems is his Sterling Hayden.

That's how it seems at the start, but there's a whole lot more going on here as the characters reveal themselves bit by bit during the planning and execution of the caper.

Coincidentally in the same year another caper film, Ocean's 11 about robbing casinos also came out. But this is definitely not as lighthearted as that Ratpack romp.

What to watch for is the relationships between Robinson and Steiger and between Steiger, Joan Collins and Eli Wallach.

Nicely done little noir classic.


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