WYSW: How To Steal A Million (1966)


The first time I heard about this movie I was very much enchanted with Audrey Hepburn and her amazing talent. Her very first film that I watched was Breakfast At Tiffany’s, which turned out to be one of my favourite films of all time. Then there was Peter O’Toole as her love interest in here. I mean, you just cannot not love a Hepburn-O’Toole pairing! They make one very lovely couple, and in my opinion their on-screen chemistry is adorable in How To Steal A Million.


1. A heist film!

Who doesn't love a heist film? And a lovely one! How To Steal A Million might talk about the issue of stealing (literally), but the fact that it's a blithe and relaxed film - not as serious as Ocean’s Eleven or The Italian Job - makes this such a nice watch. And the heist itself, I think, is created so that Hepburn and O’Toole can develop their romance and ultimately give the film an enjoyable ending. They were great together as Nicole Bonnet, the daughter of a painting forger, and Simon Dermott, a private detective pretending to be a thief to investigate Bonnet’s forgery.


2. The chemistry was definitely there!

And the relationship between the characters are just adorable. It's what makes this film so blithe. From the beginning to the end you instantly get the impression that this is a lighthearted romance, amusing in its own way. I love the way Peter O’Toole’s character shows his attraction to Audrey Hepburn’s, how he helplessly falls for her innocent pleadings and ultimately help her steal a highly acclaimed (but fake) Venus statue from one of Paris’ most guarded art galleries (and succeeded in doing so). Their relationship is very straightforward and fresh, albeit slightly tricky; what with their history and current occupations, and an outside party aiming for Ms. Bonnet’s heart, but all in all there is no unnecessary drama or impediments, and that is what I love about this film.


3. The clothes! The style! It's so Audrey it's ridiculous!

One significant subject about How To Steal A Million is Hepburn’s outfits. You must be blind to not notice how immensely fashionable the way she dressed herself for this movie production; from her desirable pink coat and black boots to her all-white attire in the beginning of the film, complete with that amazing hat and sunglasses — I can’t help but feel a wave of admiration for her fashion sense. Of course, being a devoted fan of Hepburn myself, I highly agree with the legacy given to her that acknowledges her classy elegance in the silver screen (who doesn’t?).

I would recommend this movie for those who love fun, romantic comedies with a little twist, and who want to witness the awesomeness that is the pairing of Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole. I would also recommend that you watch this when you’re in a very good mood, because this is such a darling movie that will fill you with adoration and lift your mood to an even higher state. That being said, though, maybe you should watch this when you’re down too!


You can never go wrong with a Hepburn-Givenchy-Cartier pairing. I find this very enviable...

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