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How to Steal a Million
A movie about those who appreciate the finest things in life... for free!
A woman must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father's art forgeries.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I had a bit of trepidation going into the screening this evening. I had recently seen Charade, and while I really wanted to love it, I couldn’t give it my heart completely because the chemistry between Hepburn and Grant just wasn’t there for me. Also, the notoriously unreliable IMDB rating for Charade is much higher than How To Steal A Million. Gulp.
Charming, surprisingly not psychedelic, credits roll, and I see the leading man is Peter O’Toole. I love Peter O’Toole. Things are looking up.
Enter Audrey. Wow, and the little red Fiat was pretty damn cute too. Just the way she speeds into her father’s courtyard sets the ‘devil may care’ tone that I love so much.
Nice amusing way to spend two hours. Not so much laugh out loud as smile and enjoy the company of Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole.
Hepburn's father is an art forger and he has loaned a statue to a museum. Meanwhile, O'Toole tries to steal a painting from Hepburn and her father's house. However, he only takes a piece of paint to test. Since she doesn't want to call the police and bring attention to her crooked father, she takes the thief home.
An expert is coming to examine the fake statue on display at the museum for the insurance company, so father and daughter panic. She finds the thief and convinces him to help her steal the statue.
Like I said an enjoyable farce with some witty lines and director William Wyler is very fond of Audrey's legs.
Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole are adorable. The story, involving the theft of a million dollar statue from a museum in order to keep an old forger out of prison, was silly but fun.
Honestly, the main attraction of this film is its leads in Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole as well as its director, the great William Wyler. Otherwise this film is a light, fluffy, silly caper comedy with a touch of drama. It falls somewhere in between a rom-com and a art heist film where everyone in Paris speaks English. Go figure.
There's not much else to say right now except Hepburn and O'Toole are fun together while the score of a young John Williams has a recognizable bounciness. Hugh Griffin seems slightly out of place to be Hepburn's father and the film is far from pulse-pounding but these small facts do not negate the charm of this film.
Peter O'Toole: [looking at a nude scupture] "Where precisely were you in the early part of the sixteenth century?"
Audrey Hepburn: "I don't know, but that's not how I was dressed."
A romantic comedy -slash- heist film, How to Steal a Million merges the genres as only the 1960's can. It's gorgeous: colorful and stylish almost to the point of gaudiness. Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole charm as they scheme to steal a statue from one of the top museums in Paris.
Delicious and sweet. It's a lovely dessert film that could probably be 20 minutes shorter with no real harm.
The heist film as romantic comedy with Peter O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn providing both the romance and the theft. Charming.
I love Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole. They're both perfect.
I'm a sucker for lovely capers. And Audrey exudes loveliness.
In the 1970s America suffered a runaway inflation – but Hollywood was already suffering from it in the 1960s. The 1950s had seen the big blockbuster films that in their flamboyance and colour and big screens and increasingly long running times, films that tried to offer something you couldn’t get on TV. But there were still the smaller comedies and thrillers and westerns, films that could focus on what was important. But by the 1960s all Hollywood films were big. Here William Wyler inflates a slight, comic heist story into a big fashion conscious jamboree. No doubt if it had any wit the film could have been charming, if it had focused on what was important, but instead the screen…
This might have been be dull if Peter O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn weren't so charming, and the movie wasn't so colorful and pretty, but it is legitimately funny as well. There are also some very well-timed edits, and good direction.
The music is by a young John(ny) Williams, a full decade before he began his famous and ongoing collaboration with Steven Spielberg.
The screenplay is based on "Venus Rising," a 1962 story in Practise to Deceive by George Bradshaw. I am reading the story now on the Internet Archive.
A few of O'Toole's more assumed authoritative lines to the ditsy, meek Hepburn made my modern sensibilities cringe a little. Granted, it is played for laughs and it was a different…
Goofy and fun. Peter O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn make a good team.
Cheesy, corny, easy watching fun.
But the heist is mahhvelous.
Never has a heist movie been this stylish.
Peter O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn make for a fun, whimsical pairing, but good god does she get kissed against her will a lot.
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