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Seven Thieves (1960)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 11 March 1960 (West Germany)
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A motley crew of professional thieves plans the robbery of a Monte Carlo casino vault.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Max Catto (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Theo Wilkins
Rod Steiger ... Paul Mason
Joan Collins ... Melanie
Eli Wallach ... Poncho
Alexander Scourby ... Raymond Le May
Michael Dante ... Louis Antonizzi
Berry Kroeger ... Hugo Baumer
Sebastian Cabot ... Director of Casino
Marcel Hillaire ... Duc di Salins
John Beradino ... Chief of Detectives
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Storyline

In Monte Carlo, Theo Wilkins recruits his young protégé Paul Mason - just released from prison - to help him rob the famous casino of $4 million. The plan is straightforward. On the night of the Governor's Ball, Theo will create a distraction in the casino by having one of the team collapse requiring urgent medical attention. During that time Paul and another member of the crew will get the money from the vault. When the ambulance arrives, the money will leave with the sick man. The plan is a good one but not everyone will survive the robbery and no one will get rich from it. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

Never Has a Robbery Been Engeineered So Boldly...In Monte Carlo! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 March 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Siete ladrones See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,650,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The theme from the 1944 film Laura was used in one of the night club scenes. See more »

Goofs

Theo's hand jumps on and off Paul's arm between shots as they sit at the casino bar. See more »

Quotes

Theo Wilkins: Now, an international axiom. A man who says "whiskey" is an Englishman. A man who says "double whiskey" is an Irishman. But a man who asks, "Have you any ice?" is an American.
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Crazy Credits

The names of the cast appear on items on a gaming table. See more »

Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Art Carney (2) (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

You Turned The Tables On Me
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Music by Louis Alter
Played by the band at Le Cave when Melanie joins Theo and Paul
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Above-Average Crime Caper
24 January 2010 | by zardoz-13See all my reviews

THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER director Henry Hathaway made just about every kind of movie during his long career that spanned from the 1932 western WHEN THE WEST WAS YOUNG to the 1974 blaxploitation thriller SUPER DUDE. This above-average 1960 casino crime caper came out several months before the Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin epic OCEANS ELEVEN. The Hathaway takes place in France instead of Las Vegas and concerns an elderly ex-con, Professor Theo Wilkins (Edward G. Robinson of LITTLE CAESAR), who wants to make the world gasp for one last time. He has orchestrated a highly complex robbery at a Monte Carlo casino that will net some 4 million dollars in French money. He entices an old and dear friend, Paul Mason (Rod Steiger of DUCK YOU SUCKER), as the man who ramrods the operation. Paul straightens out everybody on the crew that he has the final word in everything. He also checks them out and tests them so he can be sure that they are reliable in a tight spot. One of the conspirators is a gorgeous stripper, Melanie (Joan Collins of LAND OF THE PHARAOHS), who strings along a timid, uptight casino secretary Raymond Le May (Alexander Scourby of THE BIG HEAT) to help them obtain invitations to an exclusive party the same night they plan to pull the robbery. They also enlist the aid of a safer cracker, Louis Antonizzi (Michael Dante of RAINTREE COUNTY), and Poncho (Eli Wallach of BABY DOLL) who is supposed to impersonate a wealthy baron. The night of the heist, Poncho fakes a heart attack so they can have an ambulance arrive. The ambulance is being driven by another conspirator Hugo Baumer (Berry Kroeger of Hitler) who handles the automobiles that they use for the robbery. Remember, back in 1960 when this movie was produced, the Production Code Administration still had enough clout to censor movies and they were not about to let these talented thieves get away with their crime. The way that Hathaway and scenarist Sydney Boehm work things out is not entirely satisfactory but it does make for a better ending that all of them being nabbed by French authorities.


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