Part one : The Great Idea. Screenwriter Roy Kennedy Martin reveals the origins of The Italian Job: he actually stole the idea for a robbery involving the Turin computer system from his brother. Director Peter Collinsons' life story is told by his widow Hazel. Since Noel Coward sponsored the orphanage Peter grew up in, the director got 'The Master' to play against type as Mr. Bridger. Next up everybody praises The Cainemaster, even though his busy schedule did not allow him to make an appearance. They did find some of the other gang members, but you probably won't recognize any of them from the picture. Director of Photography Dougie Slocome also appears, and unlike the Indiana Jones DVD, we get to see his bad eye (in the Jones documentary they went out of their way not to show the right side of his face, making it seem far more gruesome than it actually is).
Part Two: The Self Preservation Society. This segment focuses on the supporting cast. Apparently the original screenplay was a lot more serious, but when well known comic actors were drafted to film cameos it became broader and a bit raunchier. For instance, Professor Peach was originally obsessed with toy trains instead of BIG ladies. Hazel Collinson talks about being her husband's good luck charm in all his films, and they managed to track down John Clive, who had one memorable scene as the garage manager. Apparently Valerie Leon was unavailable to comment on her bit-part. It does feel a bit like one of those Doctor Who conventions where people who never had a speaking part in their lives come to sell autographs.
Part Three: Get a Bloomin' move on. Finally we get to the real stars of The Job: the mini coopers. Everybody complains that the great rooftop stunt should have been shot from up higher and they mention the only deleted scene on the DVD (that should have stayed hidden). The various aborted endings are briefly discussed as we learn that producer Mike Deely and Bob Evans actually came up with the fantastic cliffhanger instead of Kennedy Martin. Just when you think they have said it all, Don Black appears to talk about the songs and how Michael Caine's drinking songs inspired Q to write 'The Self Preservation Society'. Finally the untimely death of Peter Collinson is mentioned, because it's always good to end a documentary on a sad and thoughtful note.
8 out of 10
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