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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 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 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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S-S-S-H-H-H-H-H - Meet a couple of smart operators who give a lesson in love and larceny See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 August 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Comment voler un million de dollars 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

William Wyler first considered making this film as a follow up to Roman Holiday (1953); as in that film, Gregory Peck would have played the male lead opposite Audrey Hepburn. At that time he had a darker mood in mind and approached Stanley Kubrick, who had recently made The Killing (1956), to contribute. 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

Nicole Bonnet: Oh dear havens. I'll call you a taxi! And pay for it is that alright!
Simon Dermott: That's fine. However, if the police find my car parked outside your house. It could mean questions. I'm wanted you know.
Nicole Bonnet: Alright, I'll drive you home, is that alright?
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Connections

Referenced in Uncle Daddy: How to Steal an Idea (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Two Lovers
(1966) (uncredited)
Written by John Williams and Leslie Bricusse
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" You don't think I would steal something that didn't belong to me do you?"
7 January 2009 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

If you are searching for a movie with wit, charm and delightful comedy in it, you've found it. "How to Steal a Million" is perhaps one of the finest Audrey Hepburn's films around. It's the story of a reclusive though slightly devious painter and forger (Hugh Griffith) Charles Bonnet who aside from his practice of recreating masterpieces and selling them to eccentric private collectors decides to donate a priceless but fake sculpture from his private collection to the La Fayette museum to be viewed by the general public. Not wanting to lose it to theft without compensation, the museum insures it for $1,000.000 dollars. However the insurance company wants it appraised to see if it's genuine and calls in an expert who will use modern techniques to ascertain it's authenticity. If it's discovered to be a fake, the painter, his reputation and his family will be ruined. Thus his beautiful daughter Nicole (Audrey Hepburn) must hire master bugler Simon Dermott, (Peter O'Toole) to steal it from the heavily guarded museum. At the same time, she is being pursued by Davis Leland (Eli Wallach) an American millionaire who wants to marry her. What neither Nicole, nor her father suspect is that Mr. Dermott is more than a shy bugler, he too is interested in the painter's secret hobby and his daughter. Excellent film for the family. ****


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