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"Any fool can steal. I've been embezzling." The con is on in Hot Millions, a droll caper whose wit and warmth recall the Ealing Studios romps of the 1950s. Peter Ustinov heads an engaging cast and co-scripts the Oscar-nominated screenplay about a dapper rogue (Ustinov) who uses a corporation's mainframe computer to issue checks to bogus companies, then proceeds to cash the checks. While he's stealing (sorry, embezzling) millions, delightful Maggie Smith nearly steals the show as a featherheaded secretary. Karl Malden as a pill-gobbling CEO and Bob Newhart, he of the button-down mind, add to the affable fun. "When it was over, I realized that I'd been smiling for two hours" (Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic).

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  • Actors: Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith, Karl Malden, Bob Newhart, Robert Morley
  • Directors: Eric Till
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XDR5NC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,006 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hot Millions" on IMDb

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By A Customer on November 27, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
If you like character acting at its very finest, then watch this movie. Peter Ustinov here builds on the sly but endearing crook persona he won Oscars for in Spartacus and Topkapi. While the characters in those films are expressions of Ustinov's great abilities in making sleazy characters sympathetic, this film goes beyond the slightly over-the-top characterisations of those films to present a fully-rounded character in the context of a credible and somewhat touching love story. This is particularly remarkable because Hot Millions is a light and airy 60s caper film. The scenes between Ustinov and Maggie Smith are brilliant, exhibiting a humourous warmth all too little seen in films, and there is great comedy generated by the presence of Karl Malden and Bob Newhart. Nice score and tight direction too. In my opinion, one of the very best mainstream movies of the late 60s, and one which gives renewed pleasure on each viewing.
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This is a Warner Archive product. That means it is a manufactured-on-demand DVD-R. There have been numerous reports of this particular film having the problem of "the purple ring of death". Always carefully inspect your Warner Archive DVD-Rs as soon as you get them. If you see this purple ring, your DVD-R will not play in any player. If you buy the product new, either from an authorized retailer or from Warner Brothers, you can get a replacement disc. However, if you buy this one used that may or may not be the case. Warner Brothers had so much trouble with so many copies of this particular film that they actually took it out of production for a while. I'm not sure if it is back up for sale again on their site, but for the first ninety days after release they are the only authorized dealers of these discs.

Just keep this in mind before you make such an expensive purchase. As for the film, it is very much worth having. Peter Ustinov is simply wonderful as a computer age thief, and I highly recommmend the film itself.
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They mostly don't make films like this any more, and more's the pity.

Sir Peter Ustinov and Dame Maggie Smith have a marvellous chemistry, he as a charming embezzler/con man, she as a total disaster of a would-be "career girl".

As the film opens, Marcus Pendleton (Ustinov) is just getting out of gaol; the prison governor counsels him that he'd better go straight; computers are making it impossible to get away with his style of crime any more (that's how they got him this time), and he's getting too old for another spell in quod.

He agrees wholeheartedly.

So wholeheartedly that, determinig that Britain's foremost computer-anti-crime expert, Ceasar Smith (Robert Morley), is an avid lepidopterist, he lures him away to the Amazon on a wild butterfly chase... and takes his place, studying computers the while. (As daunting as they semed, computers were a lot less complex in those days.)

Hired by an American conglomerate as head of computer security for their British operations, he is in a perfect position to, as it were, hunt with the hounds and run with the fox.

By slipping one piece of bogus data into the computer, he lays the basis of a pyramind scheme that will net, literally, millions. (And remember, this was a time when the villains in Bond movies still hadn't learnt the word "billion".)

Enter Patty Terwilliger, living in the flat next to his, and a total disaster in terms of surviving the Real World -- as an example of the sort of disasters that invariably befall her, she gets a job as an omnibus conductor... and the 'bus drives away and leaves her behind.

He meets her, and, at first, simply wants to help her get on.
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My best friend raved about this move to me when we were in high school, and when I finally had a chance to see it, I fell completely in love. It's not an exaggeration to say that I base friendships on whether people love this movie. If someone doesn't appreciate "Hot Millions," they are to be spurned forthwith.
There have seldom been two actors as charming as Peter Ustinov and Maggie Smith; together, they push the charm quotient through the stratosphere. Whether prattling about curry ("It's vile, i'n't it?") or realizing how lonely they are (and how to solve that problem) they are astonishing. They seem to have been born from the head of the same muse - in their timing and relation to each other they're like the most comfortable of old vaudeville partners. The freeze-frame close-up of Ustinov at the end and his sweetly concerned "Are you all right?" is one of the most lovely, moving things of its kind - almost on a par with Chaplin at the end of "City Lights."
Even the redoubtable Karl Malden gives a nice little performance here; the scene between him and Caesar Romero in Brazil is an absolute gem. And Bob Newhart is marvelously snide as the fly in Ustinov's ointment - not quite Iago, maybe, but we all know the type.
This is a movie so filled with little pleasures and wonderfully askew comic sequences playing off each other that it seems like a classic in the vein of Lubitsch and Wilder ... especially now, with the state of our movie comedy no laughing matter.
When, o when, will this darling film be made available - in widescreen - on DVD?
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