How To Steal A Million

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7.62 h 3 min1966X-Ray13+
A woman must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father's art forgeries.
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William Wyler
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Audrey HepburnPeter O'Toole
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Comedy
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English [CC]
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BelleriveReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Audrey and Peter will steal your hearts!
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What a fun swinging sixties flick this is! Lovely Audrey Hepburn - in an amazing Givenchy wardrobe - is the daughter of a Paris art forger. She tries to keep the world from finding out, but Peter O'Toole, at the height of his looks and career, is soon on the trail. Mutual attraction keeps him in hot pursuit of Audrey and the fabulous forgeries. Lots of fun, but admittedly this is mostly gorgeous eye candy. Cute scenes with Audrey and O'Toole hiding in the Louvre's broom closet. Romantic, carefree soundtrack perfectly accompanies the film. Absolute pleasure to watch when you want to escape the current world and dive headfirst into glamour, humor and a little intrigue.
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Made In The USA Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
How To Steal A Million - DVD - Review - Audrey Hepburn was Wonderful again
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Daughter of an art forger in Paris teams up with a burglar to steal one of her father's forgeries in order to protect his forgery secret.
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4 stars overall for this Romantic Comedy Heist movie, which was released in 1966.
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5 stars for incomparable Audrey Hepburn portrayal of daughter Nicole Bonnet. Unrivaled actress was once again charismatic, elegant, and marvelous in her performance.
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4 stars for Peter O'Toole portrayal of burglar Simon Dermott.
4 stars for Hugh Griffith portrayal of art forger and father Charles Bonnet.
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4 stars for Fernand Gravey portrayal of funny art museum security officer Grammont.
4 stars for Moustache portrayal of funny museum security Guard.
3 stars for Eli Wallach portrayal of tycoon art collector Davis Leland.
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Audrey Hepburn was *finally* paired with a male lead actor in a Romantic movie who was *close to her age* in Peter O'Toole.
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Audrey Hepburn was often paired with *much older* male lead actors in her Romantic movies.
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30 years older . . . Humphrey Bogart . . . Sabrina.
30 years older . . . Fred Astaire . . . . . . . . Funny Face.
28 years older . . . Gary Cooper . . . . . . . . Love In The Afternoon.
25 years older . . . Cary Grant . . . . . . . . . Charade.
21 years older . . . Rex Harrison . . . . . . . . My Fair Lady.
16 years older . . . Burt Lancaster . . . . . . The Unforgiven.
13 years older . . . Gregory Peck . . . . . . . Roman Holiday.
11 years older . . . William Holden . . . . . Sabrina.
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For what it is worth, this is my Ranking of Audrey Hepburn movies :
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1) Roman Holiday.
2) My Fair Lady.
3) Sabrina.
4) Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
5) How To Steal A Million.
6) The Nun’s Story.
7) War And Peace.
8) Wait Until Dark.
9) Charade.
10) The Unforgiven.
11) Funny Face.
12) The Children’s Hour.
13) Paris When It Sizzles.
14) Two For The Road.
15) Love In The Afternoon.
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Christina ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classy and Charming
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𝑺: 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆'𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒐𝒎. 𝑻𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒐𝒇𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖r 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒔.
𝑵: 𝑨𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒆 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒔𝒐𝒓𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒄𝒓𝒊𝒎𝒆?

How to Steal a Million is a 1966 American heist comedy film directed by William Wyler, written by Harry Kurnitz, and starring Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach, Hugh Griffith and Charles Boyer.
Charles Bonnet (Hugh Griffith) expresses his passion for art by forging masterpieces -- and selling them at a hefty profit. The trouble starts when his reproduction of a prized sculpture winds up in a famous Paris museum. If experts determine that it is inauthentic, Bonnet's reputation will be tarnished. That's why his fetching daughter, Nicole (Audrey Hepburn), hires cat burglar Simon Dermott (Peter O'Toole) to steal the sculpture back before it's too late.

On the surface ‘HTSAM’ is a popcorn flick masquerading as one inundated with its own elegance and high-class flair. Underneath it all, however, is an explanation for Wyler’s diversion from nuance and direction rightfully described as to-the-point or on-the-nose. Adapted from a short story entitled 𝑽𝒆𝒏𝒖𝒔 𝑹𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈 by George Bradshaw, Wyler avoids editing this source material in a way that could conveniently fill plot holes and instead focuses on grounding material that is blissfully removed from reality. With the exception of the size of the statue being revered and stolen (it is basically life-sized in 𝑽𝒆𝒏𝒖𝒔 𝑹𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈….Not so easily lugged around in person) Bradshaw's work is appropriately and accurately replicated.

Given the nature of ‘HTSAM’ plot and vision in the context of its source medium the challenge for Kurnitz becomes embalming characters with identities and development that makes them 1)likable and 2) believably intricate. Nicole – seemingly naïve and innocent – balances intuitive sophistication with a compassionate curiosity. Her partner in crime is equally supplemented with Simon being level-headed, confidently reassured, and highly amiable in spite of his facetious ramblings. Much of what could elaborate on the overarching context of these characters existences like motivations and background are indirectly pondered with their capacity for change remaining questionable without being frustratingly ambiguous; ‘HTSAM’ concludes on an intersection of finality and of obscurity with plenty of room for a sequel without needing one to feel complete or sufficiently finalized.

The romance between Nicole and Simon is far from being a surprise, but the development of it is elevated by ‘HTSAM’s handsomely genuine set of leads. Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole are like bread and butter with their jolly banter and misgivings smoothly filling the space between their respective roles. Hepburn’s trademarked pleasantries are seen in moments defined by doe-eyed wonder and playful glares mimicking that of a deer in headlights. Ultimately, and most fortunately, Bradshaw's original writing is far from tightly-knit, but the performances inspired by it are as sharp as a tack.

If one needs to be convinced about the enduring nature of ‘HTSAM’ they need look no further then Hepburn’s notorious wardrobe. Completely designed by Robert Givenchy and categorized by at least twelve separate costumes adorned by Hepburn in this feature - her knack for refined and timeless taste is brilliantly displayed and makes for a large assortment of eye candy and flavorful appearances that have yet to be considered outdated. This in conjunction with a reputation for wit and grace, ‘HTSAM’ is a classy and charming immortalization of Hepburn’s presence on screen and her passions in reality.
Doggie21Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you haven't seen this yet, you are missing out
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This movie is AMAZING! It's definitely a bit of the story telling style older movies have, but it's probably my favorite Rom Com ever. The plot is very solid and isn't too predictable, and the characters are so easy to fall in love with.
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Peer ReviewsReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Counting the stars
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It's a well-written and funny show, so I suppose I must give it at least one star, but no more, because, after all, stars don't grow on trees. However there is Peter O'Toole, a fact I cannot avoid, so I guess I have to give it a second star. Wait just a moment, I also remember there is what I am forced to admit is a fantastic supporting cast, so that has got to get it one more star. And that makes three. Oh yeah, okay, Audrey Hepburn is at her remarkable best so that's got to be at least two more. That's already five stars, and I'm not allowed to give more than five stars, so I have to stop now. I can't give another star for this being one of the rare movies I watch again and again. No more stars allowed for good production values. I always laugh a bit while I watch it, but mainly I just smile through the whole thing so terribly much that my smile muscles hurt, but I don't mind so much my smile muscles hurting because this movie really does make me feel good. Honestly, I really don't mind smiling so hard. I actually like smiling, laughing, feeling good. No kidding. I'm being straight up and honest. Really. I'd even give it another star if I could, but I'm not allowed.
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H. BalaReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
"You're a very chic burglar, aren't you?"
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- Nicole Bonnet, having recently shot Simon Dermott and now observing him grab his left arm: "Your arm is much better."
- Simon: "Oh, no, no. It hurts, it hurts!"
- Nicole: "It's the other arm!"
- Simon: "The infection is spreading."

Audrey Hepburn, with her timeless glamour and that delicate swan neck, is so damn disarming, I wish she'd shot me, too. When she accidentally pulls the trigger on Peter O'Toole - he was burgling her home, after all - the sequence which follows showcases not only her talent for light comedy and not only her not-too-shabby gams glimpsed thru the nightie, but also her sparkling chemistry with her male lead. I've seen O'Toole in his more highly touted flicks (LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, THE LION IN WINTER, MY FAVORITE YEAR, etc.), but I honestly have never liked him more than in this breezy romantic caper. And maybe part of it is because we see him thru Audrey Hepburn's eyes. Throughout the film, she bestows on him alternating glances of admiration and exasperation and bemusement. Of course, Hepburn, channeling her inner screwball, also has O'Toole reciprocating with his own series of wondering sidelong looks. And while O'Toole still comes across as wicked smug, to me, at least, it's not nearly as insufferable as in his other pictures. Here, he demonstrates an effortless comic timing and oodles of charm and is just a lot of fun.

The plot: Looks like French aristocrat Nicole Bonnet (Hepburn) had pretty much given up on reforming her master art forger of a father. At this stage she focuses more on minimizing the trouble he could land into. But when he donates the fake Cellini Venus statue to a museum and the museum then plans on an art specialist to examine the piece, a frantic Nicole hits on this brainstorm: Why not have a thief steal the Venus? Luckily, a dashing gentleman burglar had just broken into her home and although she'd ended up shooting him, they parted ways on good terms (because it's that kind of movie).

Based on a short story by George Bradshaw, HOW TO STEAL A MILLION hits the two hour mark, something which I really didn't note until the movie ended. The frothy storyline, the lighthearted score, the often playful dialogue brought to life by the bankable stars, and the romantic setting in the City of Lights - all these elements combine to make the film an entertaining watch, and it's really okay that HOW TO STEAL A MILLION isn't considered an "important" picture or regarded as one of the best ever produced by Hepburn or O'Toole. As she often does, Hepburn brings an air of style and sophistication, and in this one she's sensational in Givenchy, and, really, can a terrific romance be too far off? Peter O'Toole, he flashes those electric blue eyes and that rich, lordly delivery of his and motors around in that sleek canary yellow Jaguar two-seater. Their interplay is really fun to watch. Still, the centerpiece of the film features the overnight art museum heist, and how that caper unfolds is a demonstration in sheer cleverness. And then we're also treated to an unexpected brand of togetherness exhibited in a cramped broom closet. To echo Hepburn's breathy sentiment: "Marvelous."

Hepburn and O'Toole get good support from a veteran cast, from Hugh Griffith and his out-of-control eyebrows to a bit cameo from Charles Boyer. Classic character actor Eli Wallach plays a take-charge American art collector and, okay, maybe his side story isn't really necessary, but it's Eli friggin' Wallach!

The DVD bonus features include: audio commentaries (on separately recorded tracks) by Eli Wallach & Director William Wyler's daughter Catherine Wyler who provides most of the talky talk; the excellent 45-minute A&E Biography on Audrey Hepburn; the teaser trailer; the theatrical trailer; and two TV spots.

The only knock I have about this movie is that I'm not a fan of the beehive, even if Hepburn does pull it off. But Hepburn can probably rock a buzzcut and still soak in the accolades from the fashionistas.
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rjgoffReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fabulous movie!
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I love this movie. I've had it on VHS for years, watched it growing up and was thrilled to find it on DVD. Audrey Hepburn is a French girl who works at the embassy but her father is a forger of paintings, and her grandfather a forger of statues. She learns that her father has loaned a statue that her grandfather carved to the museum for a special exhibit. He claims that this statue was carved by a famous sculptor from the 1500s, but she knows it wasn't. Then they discover that it is scheduled for a technical exam, to validate its authenticity, and she decides the only thing to do is to steel it from the museum before that can happen. She asks the only person she can think of that might be able to help her, a "thief" she caught in their house the night before, played by Peter O'Toole, but she has no idea what he was really up to. It is charming, suspenseful and full of surprises. A real gem! Alfred Hitchcock even makes a momentary appearance, as it is a Hitchcock movie. One of my all time favorites.
A DaleyReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
The picture quality was excellent (we watched on Prime for free)
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We watched this New Years Eve with my curmudgeon of a husband, my mature 8 year old and my frenzied 4 year old. It held the attention of the adults and the 8 year old and was not offensive or inappropriate for the 4 year old. It is a rare film that we can all watch together! The picture quality was excellent (we watched on Prime for free). Hepburn was charming as always. The story is a bit far fetched but that is what makes it so much fun!
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