Movies From the Hat IV – #1 – Kim’s Pick – How To Steal a Million (1966)

MovieRob is a true movie watching monster in all the best ways! He is quickly approaching his 2500th movie review and to commemorate the amazing and outstanding milestone, he did another Movies From the Hat. MovieRob and I don’t quite have the same tastes in movies especially since the first time around, I recommended a movie that he downright hated and remains one that I love a lot. So far, its not too bad. I figured for 2500th milestone that I’d go with a classic with my fave actress Audrey Hepburn. I’m honestly surprised he hadn’t seen it before. Head over and check out his review of How to Steal a Million! 🙂

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This is my 2460th Review

Thanks to Kim of Tranquil Dreams for this recommendation.

Here are her thoughts on the film.

how to steal a million “Don’t you know that in his lifetime Van Gogh only sold one painting? While I, in loving memory of his tragic genius, have already sold two. ” – Charles

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Aug 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A forger and his granddaughter enlist the help of a professional thief to help steal a copy of a priceless piece of art before it is examined which will lead to their undoing.

My Take on it – When Kim recommended this to me, I was quite surprised that I had never heard of this one before because it fits the genre of crime caper/comedy that I have always enjoyed.

The fact that it was directed by William Wyler was the real clincher for me to want…

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How to Steal A Million (1966)

Yesterday was a crazy day! The last day of my deadline and in the morning, we woke up to fix up some crazy drama at home which lasted right till I came home to continue cleaning up the mess. Exhausted and tired, I just wanted to watch a feel good movie and flipping through Netflix, I found a movie with Audrey Hepburn! After I saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I know that anything with Audrey Hepburn is just a wonderful pick me up flick through and through! A perfect choice for how I was feeling 🙂

how to steal a million posterDirector: William Wyler

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Peter O’Toole, Eli Wallach, Hugh Griffith

Nicole (Audrey Hepburn) is the daughter of a wealthy man, Bonnet (Hugh Griffith) who excels and enjoys creating famous painting forgeries. When her father decides to let the museum display his forgery of the Cellini statuette, he doesn’t realize until its too late that he may lose everything when the inspector finds out the truth.  Determined to save her father, Nicole asks for the help of a burglar who she thought had tried to rob her house, Simon (Peter O’Toole) who is secretly a private investigator focused on getting art forgers arrested.  His new target was Nicole and her father coincidentally. At the same time, she is being pursued by an American and art collector, Davis Leland (Eli Wallach) when she realizes the increasing interest she has with Simon.

how to steal a million nicole

I can’t express in words the level of awesomeness How to Steal a Million contains.  Audrey Hepburn is just about the most amazing actress ever! She has this charm and dazzle. I’m a girl and I look at her and I want that elegance that she can emit from the way she talks, smiles, dresses…just everything! Plus on top of that, there was an amazing romantic chemistry between her character Nicole and Peter O’Toole’s Simon. It was irresistible to watch.  I found myself smiling and feeling great 🙂

how to steal a million audrey peter

Although the story is fairly simple, the characters/the actors bring it to life.  I’m new to the older films so other than Audrey Hepburn, I know no one else. Or so I thought, because the character Davis Leland’s voice sounded extremely familiar. I later found out, he plays Arthur in one of my favorite Christmas holiday flicks The Holiday.  That character reacted in a really entertaining way.  It was maybe the charisma he had or something. I can’t pinpoint what it was but even though he wasn’t on screen a whole lot, he was extremely effective in making me laugh a little. The most funniest had to be the character of Nicole’s father.  He was just so clueless about everything.

how to steal a million papa

Overall, everyone had this slight humorous moments which makes this a great rom-com.  You obviously can’t avoid some level of sappiness but it was so heartwarming and fun!  Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole was totally awesome on screen and even though there was some little effects thats out of date (which is inevitable since it was made in 1966), it didn’t hinder the flick at all! I loved every minute of it 🙂 Classy and entertaining romantic comedies, I like that a lot! They definitely don’t make them like this anymore! Totally recommend it! 🙂