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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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Theirs was the master plan that robbed the bank at Monte Carlo! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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USA

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English | French

Release Date:

11 March 1960 (West Germany) See more »

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Siete ladrones See more »

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Budget:

$1,650,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

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2.35 : 1
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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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Did Steiger Swallow a Lemon
7 November 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

A so-so caper movie that somehow fails to take off despite a veteran cast and director. There's lots of casino glitz, a sexy Joan Collins, and an inherently suspenseful premise, but the elements never really come together. I agree with the reviewer who thinks Steiger miscast. His is the central role. Yet he's so humorless, his enforcer-leader fails to generate needed sympathy for the caper (I gather director Hathaway was also unhappy with the grimness). In fact, with Robinson's exception, none of the characters is particularly likable. As a result, viewers are not encouraged to engage with the caper, but instead to simply observe it. At the same time, ace director Hathaway films in uncharacteristically impersonal, uncompelling fashion.

Nonetheless, the movie does have its moments. There's genuine tension when the Duc (Hillaire) tries to get Melanie (Collins) evicted from the casino, spoiling the heist. Instead, Melanie does some fast thinking and hangs in there. Then there's the very human last- minute-jitters that threaten to undo the elaborate scheme. But these moments of tension tend to remain isolated instead of tightening into a suspenseful whole, a failing perhaps of the screenplay.

I think there's a reason these heist films were popular during the law-and-order 1950's. The best ones-- The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The Killing (1956)— humanize crime in ways crime features to that point don't. Unlike most crime dramas of the period, ordinary people are seen as able to pool their talents into a cleverly profitable undertaking, at the same time, being daring enough to take big risks for big gains.

Such qualities mirror the kind of commercial initiative ordinarily lauded by popular culture. Of course, heists are also criminal enterprises, but except for the key factor of legality, they show off the combined skills of ordinary people acting in effective and sympathetic light. And just as importantly, as long as it's only a bank or racetrack or casino that gets victimized, well, they can likely afford it. Without that key consideration of who's harmed, the ending of this film would be more morally questionable than it is.

Anyhow, the movie's passable entertainment, and if it fails to scale the caper film heights, at least there are compensations.


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