In praise of … The Italian Job | Editorial

It is unblinkingly sexist, chauvinist, and touchingly loyal to the crocks of the car industry, but the British caper film The Italian Job still endures

It is unblinkingly sexist, chauvinist, and touchingly loyal to the crocks of the car industry, but the British caper film The Italian Job still endures. Its latest incarnation is the installation on the De La Warr Pavilion – a replica of a twin-axle Harrington Legionnaire-bodied Bedford Val coach perched over the side of the building. This is the literal cliffhanger (gold from robbery on one end of the fulcrum, gang wot nicked it on the other) which produced Michael Caine's best line: "Hang on a minute, lads, I've got a great idea! Err …" But the fact that thousands will see a coach teetering over the side of a building and get the joke is testament enough to the 1969 film. What makes its ending British enough
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