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How To Steal A Million (Bilingual)
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The daughter (Audrey Hepburn) of a wealthy Frenchman (Hugh Griffith) who creates counterfeit art learns her father is in danger of being exposed as a crook. She decides to steal the family's forged Cellini sculpture from a museum before experts can examine it and enlists a society burglar (Peter O'Toole) to help her.
Audrey Hepburn was never more sleek and glamorous than in this delightful romantic caper costarring Peter O'Toole and directed by William Wyler. She's the chic daughter of a renowned art collector and covert forger (the always eccentric Hugh Griffith) who's deposited his best work, a famous statue, in a Paris museum. Trouble is, technology can now detect such forgery, so Hepburn plots to steal the statue with the help of O'Toole, an amateur thief and covert inspector. Of course, neither of them knows the whole truth about the other. They make an utterly charming couple, with O'Toole stealing the show in an uncharacteristically lighthearted turn. --Bill Desowitz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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What Nicole dreads the most occurs when the museum announces that one Professor Bauer will be conducting tests to determine the statue's authenticity. To that end, Nicole enlists the aid of Simon Dermott, a burglar she caught in her father's house trying to steal a Van Gogh (fake, of course), to steal her father's sculpture to save him from being jailed for fraud. She doesn't tell him the real reasons, of course. Dermott thinks it's a crazy idea, given the high-tech security devices and the numerous police detail milling around the museum, but combined by Nicole's persistence and her charm, finally gives in. But just what does he hope to accomplish with a toy boomerang?
The actual heist and scenes in the museum are worth waiting for, as that's where the exciting parts are. The cramped quarters in the broom closet underlines the tension of two people scared that they'll be caught, although it furthers the budding romantic storyline. And Dermott's ingenuity is well demonstrated. As he says, "wait for normal human reaction.Read more ›
Released in 1966 at the height of the "mod" period, "How to Steal a Million", in alot of ways is very much of it's time and this probably explains why this film is perhaps not as well known as other films of both Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole. This is unfortunate as the pair make a superb romantic comedy team and combine excellently in this slick and very chic story set in the most beautiful of cities, fashionable Paris. "How to Steal a Million", tells the story of Nicole Bonnet (Hepburn) who is the glamourous and very mod daughter of art collector Charles Bonnet (Hugh Griffith is a delightfully eccentric performance) who is what could be described as a lovable rascal and spends his time forging great art which he then sells to unsuspecting but wealthy art enthusiasts. Complications however arise when one of Monsieur Bonnet's "masterpieces", a statue of Venus supposedly carved by famed Italian artisan Cellini in the sixteenth century, but in reality a modern work by Nicole's grandfather, is put on display in a Paris Museum. The problem however here is that for insurance purposes the work must be inspected by a world famous expert on authentic works of art and their dating which would threaten to expose Ms. Bonnet for the fraud that he is,lovable or otherwise!Read more ›
The cast... Peter O'Toole has a very nice voice. Of course being Irish he would. He also possesses the prettiest eyes I think I've ever seen. He was perfect for the part. Nothing ruffles him, ever. Audrey Hepburn was wonderful too. Although one or two of her outfits left much to be desired... particularly the kooky one she wears on her first appearance in the movie. Her hair was definitely 60's, too. The dude who played Davis Leland was one winner. Once again they picked the perfect person. He had just the right measure of weirdness. The man who played Audrey's pappy was really weird too - with the beard and the bug-eyes and crazy hair. And I mustn't forget Senor Paravideo... for the two minutes of screen time he was given he did a superb job worshipping the phoney Van Gogh.
The plot and dialogue were both sparkling. No matter how frantic Audrey gets, Peter has a calm wisecrack to throw back at her. I love the part when he pretends to be seriously injured and she drives him home. Every museum scene was splendid, particularly the long museum scene when they steal the Venus. Very romantic and humourous. You gotta love the 60's music that plays when he's fooling with the key to the closet. Also the scene when she recruits his assistance to steal her own statue. She is wearing an outfit she should have won an award for. I have never seen such a weird outfit in my life! Black lace tights, slinky black dress, and a black hat with a lace mask over her eyes. And nobody thought she looked suspicious???
All I can say is buy this stunning picture right away and I hope you watch it and enjoy it as many times as I have.
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Even though this isn't a BluRay disc I have used its superb cinematography to showcase my Sony XBR flat-screen.Published 1 month ago by Robert T. Boyter
Great movie! I love finding these old movies on Amazon; I can never find them anywhere else!Published 12 months ago by Sarah
loved both Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole's character's. supporting actors also very good. great fun although not entirely plausible. good entertainment.Published on May 18 2014 by Norma Pilling
Really enjoyed the characters in this spoof on heist movies. Peter O'Toole is charming as a pretend thief and Audrey Hepburn is wonderful as the daughter of a art forger. Read morePublished on March 4 2014 by Awsta
A fun comedy with great actors. No vulgarity, no swearing, no bloodshed - it's sure is a breath of fresh air with what they film now-a-days.Published on Sept. 27 2013 by Sandra Trogi
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