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How to Steal a Million

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1966
  • William Wyler
  • 118 mins
  • U

Summary

Comedy caper starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole. A wealthy forger gives an imitation work of art to a Paris museum for exhibition. But his daughter is concerned that it will quickly be recognised as a fake.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Audrey Hepburn reunited with her Roman Holiday director William Wyler for the third and final time in this Swinging Sixties heist caper set in the Paris art world. The story sees Hepburn hire Peter O'Toole to steal her father's fake Cellini Venus. 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.

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Cast

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Nicole BonnetAudrey Hepburn
Simon DermottPeter O'Toole
Davis LelandEli Wallach
Charles BonnetHugh Griffith
De SolnayCharles Boyer
GrammontFernand Gravet
Senor ParavideoMarcel Dalio
Chief guardJacques Marin
GuardMoustache

Crew

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DirectorWilliam Wyler

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Released on
1966-08-19
Languages
English | French
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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