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How to Steal a Million (1966)

Not Rated | | 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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Nicole
... Simon Dermott
... Davis Leland
... Bonnet
... DeSolnay
... Grammont
... Senor Paravideo
... Chief Guard
... Guard
Roger Tréville ... Auctioneer (as Roger Treville)
Edward Malin ... Insurance Clerk (as Eddie Malin)
Bert Bertram ... Marcel
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Storyline

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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Having a Wonderful Crime! Wish You Were Here! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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19 August 1966 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Davis Leland's private jet is a Dassault-Breguet Mystère 20 (later designated "Falcon 20"), registration F-WLKB, and happens to have been the first of over 500 built. See more »

Goofs

Dermott makes a point early in the film to have Nicole wipe his fingerprints off the frame of her father's forged Van Gogh which he's handled without gloves. But later he bare-handedly substitutes a wine bottle for the statuette he's just purloined. The Head Guard later has a minion remove that piece of evidence likewise barehanded. See more »

Quotes

Simon Dermott: [about the Cellini Venus] Oh! She's fine. She's wrapped up in one of my old shirts, just as snug as could be. I rocked her to sleep in my arms last night. It's the first time I ever did that with a grandmother.
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Referenced in Uncle Daddy: How to Steal an Idea (2013) See more »

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Two Lovers
(1966) (uncredited)
Written by John Williams and Leslie Bricusse
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AUDREY THE GREATEST!
22 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Somehow Audrey Hepburn made fluffy romantic caper movies look

like high art. Take this adorable trifle directed by William Wyler

with Audrey looking glorious in her trademark Givenchy clothing.

Audrey could have phone in a performance, but she's totally

enchanting as always, making us overlook the seams in the script.

She's beautifully supported by Peter O'Toole, who never looked

handsomer or more Cary Grant-ish in his life as Simon, the art

expert who gets talked into stealing Audrey's father's statue of the

Cellini Venus back from the museum when it is learned the statue

has to be authenticated for insurance purposes.

Hugh Griffith, as Audrey's father, is a delightful rogue of an art

forger and Charles Boyer and Eli Wallach just add to the fun. The

actual theft of the statue is quite ingenious, if a little too drawn out.

Still, here's two hours of pure enchantment. That Ferrari still looks

good nearly forty years later, and if Audrey was walking down Fifth

Avenue, dressed in Givenchy's stunning creations today, she'd

cause a riot. Check out that lace cocktail dress with the matching

lace mask at the bar of the Ritz in Paris! It doesn't get any chicer

than this.


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