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Hot Millions
     

Hot Millions

Director: Eric Till,

Cast: Eric Till, Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith, Karl Malden

 
This comedy finds a veteran crook turning to modern computer technology to steal money from various companies. Even before he is released from jail Caesar (Peter Ustinov) is planning his high-tech heist. He cons American executive Klemper (Karl Malden) and sets up three bogus companies to receive funds from the corporate office. Klemper's faithful assistant Gnatpole

Overview

This comedy finds a veteran crook turning to modern computer technology to steal money from various companies. Even before he is released from jail Caesar (Peter Ustinov) is planning his high-tech heist. He cons American executive Klemper (Karl Malden) and sets up three bogus companies to receive funds from the corporate office. Klemper's faithful assistant Gnatpole (Bob Newhart) is suspicious and investigates the unusual activities. Smith (Robert Morley) gives Caesar the computer lesson that puts him on the fast track to thievery. Caesar marries Patty (Maggie Smith), who surprises her husband by earning more money than her crooked spouse by honest means. Cesar Romero is the smiling customs official who lets Caesar pass through with a bagful of money from the crime while Klemper's jar of instant coffee falls under suspicion.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Hot Millions is a gentle and amusing comedy, probably too gentle for those who prefer boisterous laughs and breathless pacing. However, those who prefer comedies that sneak up on them and cause them to chuckle appreciatively, Hot Millions will be just their cup of tea. Peter Ustinov and Ira Wallach's screenplay is very well constructed, based upon a simple premise that provides the very workable framework upon which the film is based, and it is filled with small details and little moments that stay with the viewer after the film is over. Eric Till's direction is smooth and assured, and he's quite good at kicking the pace into medium-high gear without letting it spill over into frenetic. Stars Ustinov and Maggie Smith could not be better, nor (and this is the important part) more charming and endearing. They have a quirky chemistry that is immensely appealing, and their considerable comedic skills mesh together seamlessly. Bob Newhart utilizes his deadpan style of humor to good effect, and Karl Malden seems to be having a grand time as the sleazy and not too quick corporate man. Smith would follow Millions with her Oscar-winning turn in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/2009
UPC:
0883316199428
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
12,655

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Ustinov Marcus Pendleton
Maggie Smith Patty
Karl Malden Klemper
Bob Newhart Gnatpole
Robert Morley Caesar Smith
Cesar Romero Customs Inspector
William Burleigh Page Boy
Paul Dawkins Pritchard
Hugo de Vernier French Bank Official
Paul Farrell Larry
Sally Faulkner Stewardess on Rio Plane
Geoffrey Frederick Customs Man
Raymond Huntley Clubman
Melinda May Nurse
William Mervyn Sir Charles Wilson
Victor Platt Barman
Kynaston Reeves Quintin
Anthony Sharp Hollis
Frank Singuineau Customs Man in Rio
Jimmy Thompson Salesman
Bob Todd British Commissionaire
Lynda Barron Louise
Elizabeth Counsell Miss Glyn
Margaret Courtenay Mrs. Hubbard
Peter Jones Prison Governor
Ann Lancaster Landlady
Julie May 1st Charwoman
Billy Milton Agent

Technical Credits
Eric Till Director
Mildred Freed Alberg Producer
Bill Andrews Art Director
Don Black Songwriter
Ken Higgins Cinematographer
Laurie Johnson Score Composer,Songwriter
Richard Marden Editor
Germinal Rangel Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Sturgis Asst. Director
Gerry Turner Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Ustinov Screenwriter
Ira Wallach Screenwriter
A.W. Watkins Sound/Sound Designer

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