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How to Steal a Million (1966)

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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.

Director:

William Wyler

Writers:

George Bradshaw (based on a story by), Harry Kurnitz (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audrey Hepburn ... Nicole
Peter O'Toole ... Simon Dermott
Eli Wallach ... Davis Leland
Hugh Griffith ... Bonnet
Charles Boyer ... DeSolnay
Fernand Gravey ... Grammont
Marcel Dalio ... Senor Paravideo
Jacques Marin ... Chief Guard
Moustache ... Guard
Roger Tréville Roger Tréville ... Auctioneer (as Roger Treville)
Edward Malin Edward Malin ... Insurance Clerk (as Eddie Malin)
Bert Bertram 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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A movie about those who appreciate the finest things in life... for free! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

World Wide Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

George C. Scott was originally cast as Leland, but was fired by William Wyler when he showed up late on his first day of work. He was replaced by Eli Wallach. See more »

Goofs

The Venus statue and its silver stand sit on a green marble plinth throughout the film. After the statue is stolen and the guard points at the replacement bottle, the zoomed-in shot has the bottle on a white marble plinth. See more »

Quotes

Nicole Bonnet: All right, where to?
Simon Dermott: The Ritz.
Nicole Bonnet: The what?
Simon Dermott: The Hotel Ritz. It's in the Place Vendôme.
Nicole Bonnet: I know where it is. You're a very chic burglar.
Simon Dermott: [nodding his head in a agreement] Mmmhmmm.
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Referenced in Virage de modes (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Two Lovers
(1966) (uncredited)
Written by John Williams and Leslie Bricusse
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Audrey in couture
13 April 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

William Wyler was at the end of his distinguished career when he undertook this project. The film with a screen play by Harry Kurnitz is a film that doesn't break any new grounds, but it's a favorite of a lot of fans, no doubt because of the luminous presence of Audrey Hepburn, a star of such charisma and elegance, unmatched by her peers.

Audrey Hepburn is seen in the film through the loving eyes of Mr. Wyler, a director who had worked with the star before. In fact, it was Mr. Wyler who was instrumental in directing Ms. Hepburn in "Roman Holiday", her big break in the American cinema. Audrey Hepburn is seen in the film at her best thanks to Givenchy, a designer that loved her, and whose clothes adorn the star and give the film a touch of chic.

Peter O'Toole makes an interesting partner for Ms. Hepburn. As Simon Dermott, Mr. O'Toole is the perfect match for his co-star. Both actors are seen at their most charismatic selves. They seem to be having the time of their lives working for Mr. Wyler and living it up in Paris!

The supporting cast is excellent. Hugh Griffith, Charles Boyer, Eli Wallach, Fernand Gravey and Marcel Dalio, and the rest grace the film with their distinguished presence and contribute to the general fun generated by this gentle caper.

Thanks to Mr. Wyler and its stars "How to Steal a Million" is a pleasure to watch.


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