Film: How To Steal A Million
A 1966 heist film/Romantic Comedy starring Peter O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn and directed by William Wyler.After discovering Simon Dermott (Peter O'Toole) attempting to steal a Van Gogh from her home, Nicole Bonnet (Audrey Hepburn) enlists his aid in stealing her family's Cellini sculpture from a gallery in Paris before anyone realises it is a fake, made by her grandfather.The score was done by a young composer named John Williams billed as "Johnny Williams".
Contains examples of:
- Bavarian Fire Drill: Dermott pulling the old "surprise inspection" routine on the guards to find out about the cleaning rota.
- The Caper
- Caper Rationalization: The sculpture being stolen is a forgery, and by stealing it before the museum can have it authenticated, the museum (and its insurance company) won't even be on the hook for its supposed value.
- Costume Porn: Almost inevitable, given the combination of Audrey Hepburn, Paris and Heist Film. Nicole Bonnet wears a succession of incredibly chic, expensive outfits by Givenchy in the course of the film. Lamp Shaded by Dermott at one point:Nicole [asked to change into much less glamorous attire]: What good does this do?Dermott: Well, for one thing, it gives Givenchy a night off.
- Enormous Engagement Ring: Nicole Bonnet yells at the sight of the gigantic diamond ring Mr. Leland gives her when he proposes.
- Gentleman Thief: "I'm a society burglar; I don't expect people to rush around shooting me."
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: Invoked. The alarm is set off on purpose several times in order to persuade the guards and police that it's on the fritz.
- Heist Film
- Identical Granddaughter: Dermott can't help noticing the resemblance between Nicole, and the (nude) statuette. (Nicole's grandmother modeled for it.)
- Insecurity System
- Janitor Impersonation Infiltration: Nicole's part of the job.
- Meet Cute
- Only a Flesh Wound
- The Reveal:
- Dermott knew all along the statue was a fake, but agreed to steal it to be close to Nicole.
- Dermott isn't a thief, he's a private detective who specialises in investigating art forgery.
- Right Under Their Noses: "When the alarm goes off, there'll be guards everywhere... except the guard room."