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 here as "Johnny Williams".

Contains examples of:

  • Adorkable: Davis Leland, the lovestruck art dealer.
  • 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: One of the more violent examples.
  • Oh Crap!: The Head of Security when he gets an angry phone call from the French President across the street. Then there's the guard when he sees that the statue has actually been stolen while the alarm was deactivated...and surreptitiously replaced with his own wine bottle.
  • 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."

Alternative Title(s):

How To Steal A Million