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The Italian Job (1969)

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Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.

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Mr. Bridger (as Noël Coward)
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Altabani
Tony Beckley ...
Freddie
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Beckerman
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Lorna (as Maggie Blye)
Irene Handl ...
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Fred Emney ...
Birkinshaw
John Clive ...
Graham Payn ...
Michael Standing ...
Stanley Caine ...
Barry Cox ...
Chris
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Storyline

Charlie's got a 'Job' to do. Having just left prison, he finds one of his friends has attempted a high risk job in Italy right under the nose of the Mafia. Charlie's friend doesn't get very far so Charlie takes over the 'Job'. Using three Mini Coopers, a couple of Jaguars and a bus, he hopes to bring Torino to a standstill, steal the Gold and escape. Written by Andy Topham <andrew.topham@aeat.co.uk>

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gold | prison | mini cooper | car chase | sewer | See more »

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Introducing the plans for a new business venture: "The Italian Job." See more »


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Release Date:

3 September 1969 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

BMC (British Motor Corporation), the owners of Mini, refused to donate any cars to the film. The boss of Fiat Motors offered to donate all the cars they needed including Fiat 500s in place of the Minis. The director however decided that as it was a very British film, it should be British Minis. Fiat's boss still donated scores of cars for filming as well as the factory grounds and even though the authorities refused to close the roads, the Italian Mafia stepped in and shut whole sections of Turin down for filming, so the traffic jams in the film are real as are people's actions during it. See more »

Goofs

Obvious dummies when the police car crashes through the gate at the end of the sewer. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Croker: Bill?
Bill Bailey: Yes, Charlie?
Charlie Croker: Bill!
Bill Bailey: Yes, Charlie?
Charlie Croker: Burn this for me, will 'ya?
Bill Bailey: Yes, Charlie.
Charlie Croker: Oh, Bill?
Bill Bailey: Yes, Charlie?
Charlie Croker: Get rid of this, lot.
Bill Bailey: Yes, Charlie.
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On Days Like These
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Matt Monro
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More humor than the re-make.
26 May 2004 | by (melbourne, florida) – See all my reviews

A year after I saw the remake, I finally got to see the original for the first time. This movie was released during my freshman year in college, but I certainly don't remember it ever being in any local theaters. From a 35-year hindsight perspective, it has an "Austin Powers" feel to it, primarily because of the sound track and the period-attire worn by the players. The 2003 re-make has a more imaginative yet believable plot, while this original has a sly, tongue-in-cheek undertone of humor to it. Benny Hill as the computer-geek obsessed with "large-boned women" is a real hoot! I think that sub-plot could have been played out further in the form of it creating more complications for master planner Michael Caine. Although I like "Marky" Mark Wahlberg and most of his movies, Michael Caine imbued the Charlie Croker role with more personality. The mini-Coopers are still the centerpiece of both movies, though: good chase scenes! This movie has merits that the re-make does not, and vice versa. It's hard not to compare the two, but try watching both again, as individual movies.


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