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


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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?


Noël Coward was so ill that his triumphant walk through the prison had to be filmed in stages, as he could not walk more than few feet at a time. See more »


Several of the top tiers of "gold" jiggle around upon hitting the ground when lowered from the plane; too light weight to be real gold. See more »


Keats: They say he's going to do a job in Italy.
Mr. Bridger: Well, I hope he likes spaghetti. They serve it four times a day in the Italian prisons.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Italian Bob (2005) See more »


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Thieves plan to pull off the heist of their lives by creating Turin's largest ever traffic jam
9 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

The picture narrates as Charlie (Michael Caine) has just left prison, and now wants to realize a 'big job' , he has plans to rob 4 million dollars worth of gold and being financed by Mr Bridger (Noel Coward) ,a Mafia-type boss, who is in jail. The job is to steal a lots of gold arriving in Italy from China but he needs to get a band together first. The motley thieves gang (formed by Benny Hill, Robert Powell, Tony Beckley, among others) whose mastermind is gathering specialists to pull off and execute a caper in Turin attempting to rob gold bullion's . In Italy, a clever plan is used to distract the authorities, while the raiders make their get-away in their Minis. They get away in their Mini Coopers, which are small enough to drive on sidewalks so they can make a clean get away before the traffic jam clears . This leads an excellent and unforgettable car chase sequence . Contains the legendary Mini Cooper pursuit images through Italian streets, and other dangerous ways as buildings, rivers, and sewers. After Charlie and his crew pull off a picture perfect heist of tens of millions of dollars worth of gold occur several surprises.

This is a very amusing film dealing wit a group of robbers, led by career criminal Charlie Croker stunningly performed by Michael Caine who create the largest traffic jam in Turin history, giving them time to pull off a theft of gold bullion. The film blends tension ,action packed ,comedy, emotion, suspense , plot twists and is pretty entertaining and bemusing . There are wild chases galore with impressive velocities pursuits cars making varied and spectacular capers , with bounds and leaps by the streets ,undergrounds , canals, highways and rooftops which lasts for several minutes. Furthermore , there's a clever twist ending as happen generally in those flicks. Actors' interpretation is nice and enjoyable . Michael Caine is cool, Margaret Blye 's delightful performance plus of enticing and attractive . Special mention the veterans Raf Vallone as Italian gangster and Noel Coward as typical British mobster . Very good and colorful cinematography by excellent cameraman Douglas Slocombe . Catching and jolly musical score by Quincy Jones, including emotive song at the beginning by the usual Matt Monro. This moving film is well directed by Peter Collinson. Collinson's royal directorial treatment provides it with action, humor and majestic sweep. He was an expert on thriller (Sell out, Target on assassin), suspense (Spiral staircase, Ten little Indians, Open season), terror(Straight on till morning), Warlike-adventure(You can't win ém all), his biggest hit was this ¨The Italian job¨ , until his early death by cancer at 41 . The film will appeal to Michael Caine fans and hold-up genre enthusiasts. Rating: Highly recommended. It's remade by Italian Job (2003) directed by F. Gary Gray , while the original movie was in most part developed in Italy (Turin) in this remake the setting is in Venice and US (L.A.) , here the masterminds (Donald Sutherland and Mark Wahlberg)are gathering specialists (Seth Green,Mos Def,Jason Statham,Edward Norton) to pull off and execute a caper in Venice and again with the famous and legendary -for vehicle buffs at least- cars copied of previous movie . Worthwhile seeing . Better than average .

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