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Penelope (1966)

Comedy about a flighty, bored, kleptomaniac wife of a banker who robs her husband's bank of sixty thousand dollars.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writers:

George Wells (screenplay), Howard Fast (novel) (as E.V. Cunningham)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Natalie Wood ... Penelope
Ian Bannen ... James B. Elcott
Dick Shawn ... Dr. Gregory Mannix
Peter Falk ... Lt. Bixbee
Jonathan Winters ... Professor Klobb
Lila Kedrova ... Sadaba
Lou Jacobi ... Ducky
Norma Crane ... Mildred
Arthur Malet ... Major Higgins
Jerome Cowan ... Bank Manager
Arlene Golonka ... Honeysuckle Rose
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Miss Serena
Bill Gunn ... Sgt. Rothschild
Carl Ballantine ... Boom Boom
Iggie Wolfington Iggie Wolfington ... Store Owner
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Storyline

When James met Penelope at a club, it took all of three weeks before they were married. But after the marriage, other women became attracted to James and he kept getting promoted, which took him away from Penelope. So Penelope puts on a disguise and robs her husband's bank. Her psychiatrist, Greg, believes that this condition is caused by James being over worked and under romantic with Penelope. She also tells Greg that she robs the business associates of James. But Greg is in love with Penelope - in fact everyone likes her. The problem is when she confesses to her crimes, no one believes her. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Taglines:

The worlds most beautiful bank-robber See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Min kone er bankrøver See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Euterpe See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Second consecutive film starring both Natalie Wood and Peter Falk, following "The Great Race" (1965). See more »

Goofs

When Penelope and her husband are riding in the back of the police van near the end of the movie, the view out the back door windows of the van is visible behind them. The process shot being used was filmed from a vehicle moving forward, which would mean that the police van was driving down the street backwards. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits are animated. Black hands without a body steal the diamonds contained in the first letter in the first name of the actors and crew members. See more »

Connections

Featured in Penelope's Fashion Show (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Penelope
Words by Leslie Bricusse
Music by John Williams (as Johnny Williams)
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Natalie Wood's most undervalued piece!
11 April 2006 | by phoenix_crSee all my reviews

This was the first flick of Natalie's that I ever laid my eyes on, and, well, what can i say?... I was bedazzled, captivated, and why?, simply because it was Natalie. What is good about this movie?, 1-the cute little 60s outfits she wears!, you have to give her that. She embodied the true meaning of 60's style. 2-All the witty and light-headed arguments between Penelope and her therapist. 3-The persona created by Natalie as her Alterego Penelope seems to me now (with a wider knowledge of Natalie's Cinema) one of the finer representations of the charming and charismatic self that she in fact was, and well.... The movie in its wholesomeness turns to eye-candy before you can finish quoting it's title.

If you ever loved her, you love Penelope too.


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