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How to Steal a Million (1966)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 19 August 1966 (UK)
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A woman who must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father's art forgeries is assisted by a man.

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 Bonnet
Peter O'Toole ... Simon Dermott
Eli Wallach ... Davis Leland
Hugh Griffith ... Charles Bonnet
Charles Boyer ... DeSolnay
Fernand Gravey ... Grammont
Marcel Dalio ... Senor Paravideo
Jacques Marin ... Chief Guard
Moustache ... Guard
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

In Paris, wealthy Charles Bonnet is well known in the art world as a collector of rare pieces, mostly of the impressionist masters. He will on occasion sell paintings from his collection at auction. In reality, he is an art forger, he only reproducing those pieces known to have gone missing. His daughter, Nicole Bonnet, wants him to stop this business fearing that some day soon he will get caught. She is most concerned about he loaning out his Cellini Venus statue to the Kléber-Lafayette Museum, as she knows that technology can now test for things such as material age which would prove that the statue and by association he is a fraud. He ends up causing a problem for himself when he signs a $1 million insurance policy for the statue for the museum, which unwittingly allows them to test the piece for its authenticity. To save her father from jail, Nicole feels the only thing she can do is try to steal the statue from the gallery which may not be the easiest thing to do especially as ... Written by Huggo

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 August 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

William Wyler's How to Steal a Million See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

World Wide Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Simon Dermott told the taxi driver to take Nicole to 38 Rue Parmentier, the location of the Bonnet mansion in Paris. While the mansion is no longer there, the small building to the left of the entrance is there. The building has a sign saying Octroi de Neuilly. The main gate with the number 38 has been moved down Rue Parmentier from the corner. What was the mansion is now an apartment complex. See more »

Goofs

After shooting Simon, Nicole drive him to the Ritz, on the place Vendome. We see them arriving on the place Francois Ier from the Francois Ier street. This means they are going in the opposite direction, away from the place Vendome. Then, from the place Francois Ier, we see they take the Jean Goujon street, which means they are now on the right way. However, it would have been faster to turn back through Francois Ier street. See more »

Quotes

[Evaluating Nicole's cleaning-woman costume]
Simon Dermott: Yes, that's fine. That does it.
Nicole Bonnet: Does what?
Simon Dermott: Well, for one thing, it gives Givenchy a night off.
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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 gregorybnycSee 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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