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The Italian Job (1969)

G  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  3 September 1969 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Beckley ...
Lorna (as Maggie Blye)
Irene Handl ...
Fred Emney ...
John Clive ...
Graham Payn ...
Michael Standing ...
Stanley Caine ...
Barry Cox ...


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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Release Date:

3 September 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Faena a la italiana  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Peter Collinson's wife, Hazel, appeared in all his films "for luck". In this film she appears at the Mafiosos' dinner as the blonde wife of the visiting American. She was called in the last minute because Collinson was being sent only tall, dark Italian models and he wanted "a short, blonde scrubber". Also, when Croker is getting out his equipment from under the bed after he leaves prison, he calls the rope and grappling hook "Hazel." See more »


During the opening sequence, when the mobster steps on the glasses of the victim, the mobster's car and the bulldozer treads are shown as parallel to the stone retaining wall. However, the bulldozer is shown both before and after this scene as being perpendicular to the stone retaining wall. See more »


Charlie Croker: Just remember this - in this country they drive on the wrong side of the road.
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Getta Bloomin' Move On!
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by The Italian Job (vocal)
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Absolutely perfect, flawed, stupid, evening's entertainment
28 August 2001 | by (Stourbridge, England) – See all my reviews

So who can NOT like The Italian Job? Well, I can't speak for those who are not Anglophiles, but I suspect everybody who has ever called themselves British will love it. Sure, it has holes the size of Matron's stockings in it's plot and there are any number of errors apparant in the script and screenplay (Well, we all know that Mini's don't have a rear differential) and the true fanatics (such as myself) are all too aware of the continuity on-screen (that was a heavily disguised Lancia Flaminia that went off the cliff- Well, did you really think it was a REAL Aston DB4? See "Hammer House" for where that turned up). I could go on, as I usually do, about inconsitencies and so forth, but, by God, I have seen the Italian Job in just about every format it was ever shown and I love it all the same. There are no slow parts, every bit is important to the plot, the soundtrack is legendary (only available now after many, many years on CD. Got it before it was on CD and cost a lot; typical!) and is so quotable ("You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!") as to haunt Michael Caine forever more. You'll love it, wherever you come from!

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