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Troy Kennedy-Martin (written by)
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Release Date:
3 September 1969 (USA) See more »
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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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A cultural masterpiece See more (140 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)
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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
 
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Runtime:
99 min
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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:
According to Michael Caine, the film did not perform well at the US box-office due to a misleading advertising campaign. The US poster featured a scantily clad woman with a map on her back kneeling in front of a Mafioso holding a machine gun. While promoting the film in the US, Caine saw the poster and became so upset that he immediately flew home to England.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Color of the Mini Cooper as it falls down the mountain side changed from blue to red then back to blueSee more »
Quotes:
Miss Peach:[Camp Freddy has one of Miss Peach's cats on his lap] I shouldn't let her do that, dear. Gives them ideas.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Top Gear: Episode #5.8" (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
God Save the QueenSee more »

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How could they have solved the problem at the end?
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60 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
A cultural masterpiece, 26 October 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

The Italian Job is one of the best-loved British classics ever made. Most people in my home country of Britain have seen the film many times (most of those times spent drinking tea and speaking like the queen, of course), but there's more than enough for audiences from other countries to like about this delightful thriller as well. As you almost certainly already know, The Italian Job stars Michael Caine as the criminal at the centre of the job, dubbed 'The Italian Job' (would you believe). Caine is iconic in this film; his voice and mannerisms are often imitated, and it is this film that is probably most responsible for that. The plot follows Charlie Croker (Caine), a freshly released crook that, with a tip off from a deceased friend, decides to steal £4 million from Italy. However, it's not an easy job and there are many risks involved, so the job must be astutely planned and flawlessly executed for it to work right - and it is there that the film really takes off.

The Italian Job is well remembered for two things, the first of which is the Mini's. This is the film that made Mini's cool, so as you might expect, there is a fair amount of stunt work involving the Mini, a lot of which is truly spectacular - these little cars can be seen driving up stairs, onto and across roofs, through shopping centres, flying over various chasms etc and it's all very exciting. The second thing that it is remembered for is, of course, the line - "you were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!", which is one of the most quoted of all time. The film's impact on popular culture has been immense, and that line's impact in particular is legendary; people that don't know the film know that line, and I dare say that a lot of them quote it even. It's up there with 'I'll be back' or 'that' line from Dirty Harry. The film also highlights a lot of British culture, most notably the reaction to something going right. English patriotism is a little different to the American version - while in America, the whole country may be united under the stars and stripes, very apple pie-like; England is much more content to chant a little inside of a prison. I know which version I prefer.

I could waffle on all day about this film, but we've both got better things to do, I'm sure so I'll finish by commenting on the ending; which is, simply, sublime and a perfect way to end the film; funny, well executed and absolutely genius. Well played.

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