How to Steal a Million

How to Steal a Million

William Wyler (1966)

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Audrey Hepburn hires Peter O'Toole to steal her father's fake Cellini Venus in this heist caper set in the Paris art world, which reunited Hepburn with her Roman Holiday director William Wyler for the third and final time. It's overlong and overwritten, and shows its age in the Swinging Sixties decor and the generally rather frantic mood: it's What's New, Pussycat? meets Rififi with more than a hint of Topkapi. But there are compensations in the supporting cast: Hugh Griffith - who won an Oscar for best supporting actor in Wyler's Ben-Hur - as Hepburn's father, and Charles Boyer, Marcel Dalio and Moustache evoking the sophistication of those 1930s comedies of Ernst Lubitsch. American vulgarity, meanwhile, is supplied by greedy art collector Eli Wallach, the replacement for George C Scott, whom Wyler fired after only one day of shooting.


A woman hires a burglar to steal one of her grandfather's forged sculptures from a prestigious Paris museum before it can be exposed publicly as a fake, unaware the man is actually a detective investigating the family. However, the cop suffers a crisis of conscience when he finds himself falling for the woman. Crime comedy, starring Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Charles Boyer, Eli Wallach and Hugh Griffith.

Cast & Crew

Simon Dermott Peter O'Toole
Nicole Bonnet Audrey Hepburn
Charles De Solney Charles Boyer
Davis Leland Eli Wallach
Charles Bonnet Hugh Griffith
Grammont Fernand Gravey
Senior Paravideo Marcel Dalio
The Chief Guard Jaques Marin
Guard Moustache
Director William Wyler
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama