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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)
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Fred Emney ...
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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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3 September 1969 (USA)  »

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August 2001: To mark the completion of a new 10 km sewer in Hull (England), Yorkshire Water re-created the famous scene where the Minis escape through the tunnels of Turin, this time using the recently-released new-shape BMW Mini. See more »

Goofs

Gold weighs 19300 kg/m³ - so the mentioned and stolen half ton (be it metric or not makes no big difference) of gold would be a cube with a side length of about one foot. However, the amount of gold shown looks more like one cubic meter. See more »

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Professor Simon Peach: Are they big? I like 'em big!
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Music & Lyrics by Henry Carey
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" Everyone in the world is bent! "
19 June 2007 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Charlie Croker (Michael Caine) is a lovable, fashionable convict who despite having served five years in prison, is immediately engaged to accepting an "Italian Job" in Italy and in the process, completing the intricate crime of a lifetime. A short but very interesting film about an Italian town called Turin, is sent to him by a good friend and marked man called Beckerman (Rossano Brazzi). The film instructs Croker to take the accumulated plans, get a financial backer and pull off what Beckerman describes as a $4,000,000 gold robbery, through a traffic jam. The minor problems are explained but easily overcome by Bekerman's meticulous plans. However, the main obstacles to the bank heist are no trivial matter. Croker will be up against the highly sophisticated armored convoy with its armed guards, the 'special security' system of the bank, and an entire city in Chaos. Additionally the shipment will be protected by the biggest obstacle of all The Mafia (Raf Vallone). They warn Charlie, if he attempts to steal the gold, he will be sent back to England in a pine box. To his credit, Charlie wins over the confidence of England's version of the Godfather, Mr. Bridger (Noel Coward who is superb.) To further aid Croker, he assembles an odd assortment of characters such as Professor Simon Peach. (Benny Hill who is wonderful) and Stanley Cain as Coco. The entire film is dedicated to the fact that even the most secure treasures can be stolen. However, hanging onto them, crossing the Alps and getting back home is subject to the Law of Gravity. A serious and comic film destined to become a classic, especially with it's haunting theme. ****


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