Thursday, September 10, 2015

How to Steal a Million (1966)

Director: William Wyler

Writers: George Bradshaw, Harry Kurnitz

Composer: John Williams

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach, Hugh Griffith, Charles Boyer, Fernand Gravey, Marcel Dalio, Jacques Marin, Moustache, Roger Treville, Edward Malin, Bert Bertram

More info: IMDb

Tagline: S-S-S-H-H-H-H-H - Meet a couple of smart operators who give a lesson in love and larceny

Plot: Nicole's father, a legendary art collector, lends his prized Cellini Venus to a prestigious Paris museum. Unfortunately, the Venus was *not* sculpted by Cellini but by Nicole's grandfather. (Her father is a forger as well, but his specialty is paintings.) 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.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Yeah.

One word sums this up perfectly, delightful.  It's in the performances, the gorgeous scenery, the comedy, the relationship between Simon (O'Toole) and Nicole (Hepburn), John Williams' score, everything.  It's been a good twenty years since I saw this and it's even better than before.  At two hours, you'll be surprised at how quickly it moves and it's over before you know it.  It's a 123 minute smile. 

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