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Writer:
Troy Kennedy-Martin (written by)
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Release Date:
3 September 1969 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Introducing the plans for a new business venture: "The Italian Job." See more »
Plot:
Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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(98 articles)
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User Reviews:
"It is a work of genius." See more (141 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Caine ... Charlie Croker

Noel Coward ... Mr. Bridger (as Noël Coward)

Benny Hill ... Professor Simon Peach

Raf Vallone ... Altabani
Tony Beckley ... Freddie

Rossano Brazzi ... Beckerman

Margaret Blye ... Lorna (as Maggie Blye)
Irene Handl ... Miss Peach

John Le Mesurier ... Governor
Fred Emney ... Birkinshaw
John Clive ... Garage Manager
Graham Payn ... Keats
Michael Standing ... Arthur
Stanley Caine ... Coco
Barry Cox ... Chris
Harry Baird ... Big William
George Innes ... Bill Bailey
John Forgeham ... Frank

Robert Powell ... Yellow
Derek Ware ... Rozzer
Frank Jarvis ... Roger
David Salamone ... Dominic
Richard Essome ... Tony
Mario Valgoi ... Manzo

Renato Romano ... Cosca
Franco Novelli ... Altabani's Driver
Robert Rietty ... Police Chief
Timothy Bateson ... Dentist

David Kelly ... Vicar
Arnold Diamond ... Senior Computer Room Official
Simon Dee ... Shirtmaker
Alastair Hunter ... Warder (Cinema) (as Alistair Hunter)
Lana Gatto ... Mrs. Cosca
John Morris ... Standin
Louis Mansi ... Computer Room Official
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hazel Collinson ... Blonde scrubber at Diner party (uncredited)
Lelia Goldoni ... Mrs. Beckerman (uncredited)
Frank Kelly ... Prisoner in cell (uncredited)
Valerie Leon ... Receptionist, Royal Lancaster (uncredited)
Henry McGee ... Tailor (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Collinson 
 
Writing credits
Troy Kennedy-Martin (written by) (as Troy Kennedy Martin)

Produced by
Michael Deeley .... producer
Robert Porter .... associate producer (as Bob Porter)
Stanley Baker .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Quincy Jones 
 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Trumper 
 
Casting by
Paul Lee Lander 
 
Production Design by
Disley Jones 
 
Art Direction by
Michael Knight 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bond .... chief hairdresser
Freddie Williamson .... chief makeup artist
 
Production Management
Derek Kavanagh .... production manager
Giorgio Migliarini .... production supervisor: Italian
Stanley O'Toole .... executive in charge of production: Paramount (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Munro .... assistant director: second unit
Mauro Sacripanti .... assistant director: Italian
Scott Wodehouse .... assistant director
Philip Wrestler .... second unit director (as Phillip Wrestler)
John Glen .... second unit director (uncredited)
Antal Kovacs .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Terry Apsey .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
John Aldred .... sound mixer
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Stephen Warwick .... sound editor
John Glen .... additional sound editor (uncredited)
Tom Otter .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Pat Moore .... special effects
 
Stunts
Claude Carliez .... stunts (uncredited)
Rémy Julienne .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Rémy Julienne .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Rémy Julienne .... stunts (uncredited)
Rick Lester .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Robin Webb .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronnie Maasz .... camera operator: second unit
Norman Warwick .... director of photography: second unit
Chic Waterson .... camera operator
Michael Browne .... gaffer (uncredited)
Mike Drew .... focus puller (uncredited)
David Wynn-Jones .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dulcie Midwinter .... wardrobe supervisor
Roy Ponting .... wardrobe master
 
Music Department
Keith Grant .... music scoring engineer (uncredited)
Duffy Power .... session musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Barbara Allen .... production secretary
Al Burgess .... location manager
Helen Whitson .... continuity
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
99 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG | Finland:K-11 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-12 (original rating) | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (cinema version) | Portugal:M/12 (DVD imports) | Portugal:(Banned) (original rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1999) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (1999) (2002) (2009) | USA:G (MPAA rating: certificate #22025) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This is a movie primarily about cars and driving. Michael Caine, the star, could not drive at the time the movie was made, and in fact he is never seen driving a car. The only time in the movie that Charlie Croker is assumed to be driving is the cut between when he picks up his Aston Martin at the garage, and in the next shot we see it arrive outside the hotel. But Michael Caine gets out of a stationary Aston Martin after a further cut. Throughout the drive to Turin and the entire heist, Croker is always a passenger.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
It's Caper TimeSee more »

FAQ

How could they have solved the problem at the end?
Was there a sequel planned?
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66 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
"It is a work of genius.", 18 January 2001
Author: The_Movie_Cat from England

In a sense I was disappointed to find that I actually liked The Italian Job. For after decades of imitations and student new-lad pub bores crowbarring "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" into conversation, I was all prepared to hate it.

Yet The Italian Job is a good film. A very good film in fact. First-class direction, all pans and upshot angles, and slyly political, though its "Cool Britannia" ethos almost seems to parody devotees of the Union Jack. Anyone watching this film for reconfirmation of the Empire is mistaken, though the team's final downfall notably comes from the only non-Caucasian member.

The humour is self-conscious, but never so that it goes too far; it's always witty. Michael Caine is the archetype Michael Caine, all pointing finger and raised-voice declarations, the version mimics love to portray. Noël Coward is able support in a straightish role, though the wonderful Benny Hill parodies his own image, thus diluting his already fine (And misunderstood) ironic take on the sexual pervert.

Screen realism is not an issue here, with a Mafia cameo who are hardly Don Corleone. Women are also marginalised, with only Maggie Blye getting a largish role as Caine's girlfriend, Lorna. This is the same girlfriend who hires six women to help celebrate his release from prison, and refers to fellow womankind as "birds". Yet while the film is a "boys only" club, it's far from a testosterone-led car chase, as Coward's appearance should attest. And what makes the final climatic chase so rewarding is that it's carefully, and intelligently, set up. The film is metaphorical where you wouldn't expect it to be, and well-acted all round.

All of which leaves me struggling for a way to end this review. Hang on a minute, lads, I've got an idea -

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