157 user 62 critic

The Italian Job (1969)

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



(as Troy Kennedy Martin)
3,417 ( 765)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally.

Director: F. Gary Gray
Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton
Get Carter (1971)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.

Director: Mike Hodges
Stars: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland
Zulu (1964)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

Director: Cy Endfield
Stars: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In London, a counter espionage agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists.

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Guy Doleman


Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorna (as Maggie Blye)
John Clive ...
Graham Payn ...
Michael Standing ...
Stanley Caine ...


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

3 September 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Faena a la italiana  »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Some of the traffic jam scenes were real. The film crew blocked off some key roads. The Italian drivers became very annoyed, but they did not notice who the culprits were. See more »


When the Mini Coopers drive around the church where the wedding is occurring, the red car comes from the right and then the white car comes from the left. Finally, the blue car comes from the right and at least six different tire tracks can be seen on the steps coming from the right, indicating this scene was shot several times. See more »


Garage Manager: You must have shot an awful lot of tigers, sir.
Charlie Croker: Yes, I used a machine gun.
See more »


Referenced in Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares: The Fish & Anchor (2007) See more »


Getta Bloomin' Move On!
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by The Italian Job (vocal)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

A rollicking heist flick with the best car chase ever put on film
6 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

"The Italian Job" is a comedic heist film that is mostly renowned for the extended car chase getaway. In it, a thief recently released from prison (Michael Caine) organizes a scheme to steal a shipment of gold bars by creating a massive traffic jam and using a trio of Mini Coopers to escape with the loot.

The cast is pretty decent with the always dependable Caine perfectly cast as charismatic thief Charlie Croker, Noel Coward as the incarcerated backer of the titular job and Benny Hill in a small role as a computer expert obsessed with plump women. Besides that there's no-one worth remarking on and not much acting that isn't up to snuff.

The script is bold and inventive with much of the humour being understated and unpredictable. The heist itself is clever but the staging of the getaway is a real work of art. Again, there is an inventiveness that is quite refreshing. Nevertheless, I was starting to get a little tired of waiting for the heist to be set in motion. Finally, the ending caps the proceedings in memorable fashion.

The direction by Peter Collinson is solid and above average for an action-comedy. The music, handled by Quincy Jones, is memorable but also characteristic of the era, meaning that it is unlikely to appeal to all tastes.

If you're looking for a lighthearted crime caper this is just the ticket. I particularly recommend the film since it includes what is, in my opinion, the best car chase ever filmed.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 157 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Watch the Latest Episode of "The IMDb Show"

Zach Braff tackles acting and directing on his new show "Alex, Inc.," and we take a look at the 15 most bingeable TV shows of all time.

Watch the show