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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Eric Till|
|Produced by||Mildred Freed Alberg|
|Written by||Ira Wallach
|Edited by||Richard Marden|
|Release date(s)||September 19, 1968|
|Running time||106 minutes|
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.
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.
- Peter Ustinov as Marcus Pendleton / Caesar Smith
- Maggie Smith as Patty Terwilliger Smith
- Karl Malden as Carlton J. Klemper
- Bob Newhart as Willard C. Gnatpole
- Robert Morley as Caesar Smith
- Cesar Romero as Customs Inspector
- Lynda Baron as Louise the Waitress (uncredited)
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.
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.