Thespian Thursday: How to Steal a Million

When you hear the name Audrey Hepburn, what do you think of? Most of my friends would say Breakfast at Tiffany’s or My Fair Lady. While I love those movies, I think that one Audrey’s best performances is in a film that, while very popular upon its release, somehow seems to have fallen through the cracks of iconic 60s cinema. That’s right, I’m talking about How to Steal a Million (1966).

Hepburn and O’Toole pose in a promotional shot

Nicole (Hepburn) is the daughter of a counterfeit artist (Hugh Griffith) who has used his skills to create a luxurious lifestyle for them. Nicole doesn’t agree with her father’s profession and has been trying to get him to give up counterfeiting for years. Much to her dismay, he loans one of their fake sculptures to a museum—only to realize that they have the technology to learn it isn’t an original. Nicole enlists a burglar (Peter O’Toole) to help her steal the supposed million-dollar Cellini Venus from the museum before her father can be exposed and inevitably sent to prison.

Imagine a heist scenario, like Ocean’s Eleven…only with iconic Givenchy 1960s fashion, delicious UST between Hepburn and O’Toole, and a lot more laughs. I first saw this film as child, and have been in love with it ever since. It’s easily in my top 5 Audrey movies. It’s currently available to stream on Netflix, so the next time you’re in the mood for a classic film, give this one a go. In the meantime, you can laugh at this ridiculous trailer.

Until next time,

The Collected Mutineer