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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:
A rollicking heist flick with the best car chase ever put on film 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
 
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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

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Trivia:
The deleted "Blue Danube" sequence was filmed in the Exhibition Hall designed by Pier Luigi Nervi and completed in 1949 after only eight months of construction. It was updated for use as a hockey rink for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The truck used to ram the door in Turin is from the Fiat factory, but the purple car that falls off the back is a Farina-designed Austin Cambridge. It's a rusty old Austin, too, not a shiny new one. The boot interior is dirty and a different color to the exterior.See more »
Quotes:
[Lorna picks Charlie up from prison]
Charlie Croker:This car belongs to the Pakistani ambassador!
Lorna:It does?
Charlie Croker:Typical, isn't it? I've been out of jail five minutes, and already I'm in a hot car.
Lorna:Charlie, I just wanted you to come out in style, baby.
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Soundtrack:
Rule BritanniaSee more »

FAQ

How could they have solved the problem at the end?
Was there a sequel planned?
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A rollicking heist flick with the best car chase ever put on film, 6 September 2008
Author: sme_no_densetsu from Canada

"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.

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