How to Steal a Million
Nicole's father, a legendary art collector, lends his prized Cellini Venus to a prestigious Paris museum. Unfortunately, the Venus was a forgery sculpted by Nicole's grandfather. Before tests can be done which would prove the Venus a fake, Nicole enlists the services of "society burglar" Simon Demott to steal the million dollar statue.
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.
For people who've already watched and rewatched TOPKAPI, THE PINK PANTHER, and GAMBIT a few times too many, this should satisfy any craving you have for a fix of glossy, 1960s caper fluff. William Wyler probably wasn't the director most temperamentally suited to all-out frivolity, dragging his running time out beyond the two-hour mark, but does preside over mostly impeccable performances from his cast. Eli Wallach, who replaced George C. Scott mid-shoot, is fun to watch playing a Ralph Bellamy-type role a million miles removed from Tuco, and O'Toole seems right for Hepburn, refreshingly unlike the older men Hollywood usually paired her off with; he's probably her only co-star as willowy and fey as she is.
Remember that movie featuring Audrey Hepburn or Peter O'Toole that absolutely sucked? Yeah, me neither. For my money, I can't remember a single film starring either of them that I considered to be bad. The closest they came to it, in my opinion, were in features like Troy and Wait Until Dark and those are 2 movies I like very much. So I'm not really shocked that I enjoyed How to Steal a Million so much.
Set in 1960s Paris, HtSaM works like a sort of remake of a previous movie of Hepburn's: Charade. But instead of an Hitchcockian mystery vibe, William Wyler's movie has a much lighter tone, substituting the dark overtones for the glossy pop style and glamour…
A charming Audrey Hepburn film with the kind of fun, innocent art heist that can’t be found any more in modern movies. It has a heroine that’s beautiful and independent without being annoying quirky or spunky and a hero who is charming and quick on his feet. Hepburn and Peter O’Toole make a delightful couple in one of William Wyler’s less well-known films that has much the same spirit as Sabrina or Love in the Afternoon. It’s great to watch on a rainy day.
A light and frothy confection, typical of the time, centering around a museum heist. Audrey Hepburn's father is about to be unmasked as an art forger when he allows a piece to be displayed in a museum. She enlists cat burglar Peter O'Toole to help her retrieve the evidence before it can be tested. And there's a twist as to O'Toole's identity to make it more interesting.
Hepburn has her trademark charm and is adorable, as always, decked out in designer clothing and jewelry. Peter O'Toole is likewise charming with an intelligent edge underlying all his dialogue. I only think of him as Lawrence of Arabia and it was nice to see him as the romantic lead in this.
It isn't deep but it is typical of the time. As Rose said, "If Georgette Heyer wrote movie scripts instead of her Regency romances, this is the sort of movie she would have written." Which translates to intelligent, fun, and light.
Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole locked up inside a closet , making out and planning to steal a precious statue ... yeah I like that .
far from Wilder's best works , but fun to watch .
Not very memorable.
I'm honestly not sure how to rate this one. I didn't much care for the first half but the second half more or less completely won me over. Also it has to be said that I absolutely love the concept this film is built around so that's obviously a good thing for me. Overall however, I like my comedy a bit faster and couldn't help but think that Lubitsch or Wilder could have done an even better job, in theory.
Interestingly though I also wasn't floored by another Wyler/Hepburn comedy, Roman Holiday, on first view, but it's slowly grown on me over time and I now consider it quite a great film. Who knows if that will happen with this in time.
This movie could have been more fun that it is, but I still liked it - Audrey Hepburn, swathed in the height of chic as usual, tries to save her art forger father (the incomparable Hugh Griffith) from exposure as a fake, by stealing a statue of Venus carved by her grandfather for an art exhibition.
To help her in this she enlists the help of a society burglar (the young and impossibly blue-eyed Peter O'Toole) and in the course of all this, they fall in love.
It's predictable but enjoyable to watch (and it helps that the two stars are extremely easy on the eye), but with few surprises and some slow moments, it isn't up to William Wyler's better efforts.
Really just a one-dimensional story of the 1960s beautiful people, like so many other movies of its time.
According to my all-time list I have seen this movie before. Maybe I had a blow to the head that caused this movie to disappear from my mind because nothing in this movie seemed familiar as I "rewatched" it. I think I may have mixed up this title with another movie. Maybe one day this will resolve itself. Who knows.
Anyway, this is a terrific movie. A tad predictable from the first half's set up but a load of fun watching it resolve. All because of the great lead performances by Hepburn and especially O'Toole. Eli Wallach was quite funny in his role as well.
Great fun. Strong recommend
A slightly less charming Charade.
Then again, young Peter O'Toole > middle aged Cary Grant, as determined by my lady boner.
The real star of this film is Peter O'Toole; tall, charming, slender, crafty, blue-eyed... step back Audrey, Peter's running the show.
This is a very smart and hilarious movie, with enough plot surprises and hot romance between Hepburn and O'Toole to keep you on your toes!