Hot Millions

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Hot Millions
Film Poster for Hot Millions.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Eric Till
Produced by Mildred Freed Alberg
Written by Ira Wallach
Peter Ustinov
Starring Peter Ustinov
Maggie Smith
Karl Malden
Bob Newhart
Robert Morley
Cesar Romero
Cinematography Kenneth Higgins
Edited by Richard Marden
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) September 19, 1968 (1968-09-19)
Running time 106 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English

Hot Millions is a 1968 caper story made by MGM. It was directed by Eric Till and produced by Mildred Freed Alberg, from a collaborative screenplay by Ira Wallach and star Peter Ustinov. The music score was composed by Laurie Johnson, featuring the single "This Time" from Scottish singer Lulu. The cinematographer was Kenneth Higgins.

Plot[edit]

Con-artist Marcus Pendleton has just been released from prison for embezzlement. He has emerged into a world increasingly reliant on computers. He convinces computer programmer Caesar Smith to follow his lifelong dream of hunting moths in the Amazon Rainforest. Assuming Caesar's identity, he gains employment; however, he uses the computer systems to send claim cheques to himself under various aliases and addresses all over Europe. He meets and marries Patty, an inept secretary and frustrated flutist. As Caesar, he now has the problem of hiding his hot money.

Cast[edit]

Locations[edit]

Filmed at MGM-British Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK[1] and on location.

In the film, when Maggie Smith takes Bob Newhart shopping, she is seen buying an outfit at the Apple Boutique on Baker Street, London, which was owned by The Beatles. The boutique only operated for a few months before closing. Hot Millions provides one of the few filmed glimpses of the boutique's interior.

The car driven by Bob Newhart’s character is a Jensen Interceptor.

Awards[edit]

The film was nominated for an Oscar in 1969 for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen and a Writers Guild of America nomination for Best Written American Comedy.

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