How to Steal a Million
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I'm an Audrey fan and she's her usual delightful self in this movie, no longer the ingenue but every bit as lithe and fetching as ever. She was a dazzler, but in Peter O'Toole she met her match. He is something else -- the Jude Law of his day, I suppose! (The highest of high compliments I give). In "How To Steal A Million" O'Toole is suave and self-assured but never arrogant ... spectacularly good looking (hey, it's not his fault) ... witty but flawed, not what he seems and in the end, you're glad of it. He can burgle my objects d'art any day!
The movie also has that very "1960's" look and feel to it that allow you to time travel, but not so far back you feel as though you've been whiplashed when it ends. The '60's were in many ways more modern than the '70's, and played against the backdrop of Paris those burgeoning modern sensibilities find an excellent foil. Audrey is her usual "au courant" self, except for one scene in which she has to play a cleaning lady. Like Liza Doolittle, she would shine through a burlap sack.
O'Toole and Hepburn are very, very winning here. The assorted cast of characters are daffy but mostly harmless, and if I'm not completely mistaken, the movie does poke gentle fun at the French. (Not that terribly difficult to do, but then again we re-elected ... oh, never mind).
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 ›
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Great movie, with a fun premise and a satisfying conclusion. Great film with great acting by classic stars of a happier age.Published 1 day ago by Christopher D. Nash
With a cast which includes Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, and Eli Wallach, how can you go wrong?Published 4 days ago by Amazon customer
I love this movie so much! Audrey Hepburn is my idol so of course I had to watch it and...my oh my. I was not disappointed! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Camilla Mathews
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