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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT272-BR

HOW TO STEAL A MILLION (1966) (SPECIAL PROMOTION) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Audrey Hepburn, Hugh Griffith, Charles Boyer, Peter O' Toole, Eli Wallach, Fernand Gravey, Marcel Dalio
Directed By:  William Wyler
Composed By:  John Williams

“Returns William Wyler to the enchanting province of Roman Holiday. Lensed in Paris, advantageous use is made of the actual story locale to give unusual visual interest.”
– Variety

“Cheers all around for everybody – for Miss Hepburn, Mr. O'Toole, Mr. Griffith, Eli Wallach, and for the scriptwriter, Harry Kurnitz (who is known fondly as Harry Koverr) and especially for William Wyler, who directed with humor and style.”
– Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole star in the effervescent comedy caper, How to Steal a Million (1966), directed by the great William Wyler. Hepburn’s the daughter of a master art forger (Hugh Griffith), who enlists O’Toole’s dapper society burglar to purloin a fake Cellini Venus before it can get Dad in trouble: madcap shenanigans ensue. Shot in a shimmeringly beautiful Paris by Charles Lang, and featuring a lively score from the one and only John Williams, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 2.0 DTS-HD MA / English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1966 / Color
123 MINUTES
NOT RATED

Special Features: Isolated Music Track / Audio Commentary with Actor Eli Wallach and Catherine Wyler / Audrey Hepburn: The Fairest Lady / Original Theatrical Trailer

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

  
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Posted by Mark Turner on September 11, 2017 2:00 AM
There was a time when Audrey Hepburn was the talk of the town. The ton of talent packed in the small package was one that everyone enjoyed. Guys thought she was attractive and women thought she exuded class. She was all of those things and more and was in some of the greatest movies ever made. Like most actors not every movie was a mega success but even those she was in that didn’t reach that level were made better by her being in them. Case in point HOW TO STEAL A MILLION.

Hepburn stars as Nicole, the daughter of master art forger Bonnet (Hugh Griffith), a man who sells his forgeries as real paintings but has this need to show them off as well. She warns him that there’s no reason to do so any longer and that one day it will lead to trouble. Which of course it does.

Passing off a statue of Cellini’s Venus his father forged years ago as the real thing it is now on display in a prestigious museum in Paris. With such a huge value for the piece it is insured and the insurance company is planning on sending an expert in to validate its authenticity. Once it’s discovered to be a fake all items sold in the past by her father will come into question. Not sure of what to do her answer comes one late night in their home.

Nicole comes downstairs in the dark to find a burglar in their home about to steal a replica her father made and showed to someone earlier that day. The burglar is Simon Dermott (Peter O’Toole) and his appearance provides Nicole with a solution to her problem. Rather than turn him in, she recruits him to use his skills to help her steal the statue and thus save her father from going to prison. What Nicole doesn’t know is that Simon actually works as an investigator for a company that looks into forgeries who was sent to find out if her father’s latest painting was legit or not.

Playing along Simon and Nicole plot out the method to steal the statue, under heavy guard with tons of security measures in place. The heist itself becomes the focus of the rest of the film as well as the mutual yet slow boiling attraction between Nicole and Simon. This is what romantic comedies were like in their heyday during the sixties. Whether or not they succeed in their attempt to get the statue is questioned alongside the question of will these two finally admit their attraction to one another.

The movie is a fun romp for all involved. For Hepburn it allowed her to play the befuddled young woman that she’d made a career around. Fresh from a short hiatus after MY FAIR LADY, this was a vehicle for her return. For O’Toole it gave him a chance to play something a little different than audiences had grown accustomed to having just come off the success of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, BECKET and LORD JIM. It was a comedic role that he plays with ease, turning in a performance that reminds fans of the classic Cary Grant.

This film reminded me of so many others from the time period, cloaked in the pop culture and clothing designs of the time that date it but don’t ruin it in doing so. The interplay between the two leads as well as the funny performance by Griffith made this one a treat. The heist is perfectly timed so as to not take too short a time to enjoy and to add a bit of suspense waiting to see just how they will pull it off, the novice and the professional working side by side. It’s a movie worth multiple viewings.

Twilight Time presents the film with a beautiful 1080p hi def print. Extras are interesting this time around as well including an isolated music track, audio commentary track with actor Eli Wallach who is also in the film and Catherine Wyler, the original theatrical trailer and AUDREY HEPBURN: THE FAIREST LADY a documentary that appeared on the Biography channel.

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