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The Italian Job (1969)

Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.

Director:

Peter Collinson

Writer:

Troy Kennedy-Martin (as Troy Kennedy Martin)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Charlie Croker
Noël Coward ... Mr. Bridger
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 John Clive ... Garage Manager
Graham Payn Graham Payn ... Keats
Michael Standing ... Arthur
Stanley Caine ... Coco
Barry Cox ... Chris
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Storyline

Charlie has a "job" to do. Having just left prison, he finds one of his friends has attempted a high risk job in Italy right under the nose of the Mafia. Charlie's friend doesn't get very far, so Charlie takes over the "job". Using three Mini Coopers, a couple of Jaguars, and a bus, he hopes to bring Torino to a standstill, steal the gold, and escape. Written by Andy Topham <andrew.topham@aeat.co.uk>

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Introducing the plans for a new business venture: "The Italian Job." See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

3 September 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Italian Job See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,590
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Oakhurst Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay originally was set in London, and was to have been a television show. However, the scope of the production was too large for British television at the time, and so the script was purchased for the movie, and the setting changed to Turin, because it had the most extensive computer-controlled traffic monitoring system in Europe. However, Milan had been the original location choice, until the producers realized it would be impossible to get a shooting permit. See more »

Goofs

Whilst Mini Coopers were used in the escape sequences - identified by twin petrol cap fillers on each rear flank - the cars thrown out of the coach are standard Minis with only one petrol cap on the rear flank. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Croker: Bill?
Bill Bailey: Yes, Charlie?
Charlie Croker: Bill!
Bill Bailey: Yes, Charlie?
Charlie Croker: Burn this for me, will 'ya?
Bill Bailey: Yes, Charlie.
Charlie Croker: Oh, Bill?
Bill Bailey: Yes, Charlie?
Charlie Croker: Get rid of this, lot.
Bill Bailey: Yes, Charlie.
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Alternate Versions

When the first E-Type is crushed on the mountain road, Charlie says, "You just cost him his no claims bonus." For the American release this was dubbed to, "...his insurance bonus." See more »

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Soundtracks

It's Caper Time
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Written by Quincy Jones
Performed by The Italian Job (vocal)
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The Original - There is no comparison.
6 July 2004 | by wharfmattSee all my reviews

It is unfortunate that the 2003 film was released with the same name as the 1969 film because it clouds the (unsophisticated) mind with subjective judgment. For everyone who compares the two films - stop! The original was filmed in a different time period and the viewer must make a conscious effort to put him/herself in that state of mind to understand it. The film is pure entertainment, and it accomplishes that with humor and some clever stunts. As viewers, we need to be objective and aware of the differences that have arisen on so many levels as the years have passed.

For those who complain that the premise of the heist is not realistic, it was never supposed to be. Consider that if it had been intended as a realistic portrayal, the crooks would have killed those in their way and taken the loot without concern for collateral damage. The existing plot kept the mood decidedly "all in good fun."

Michael Caine made as good a performance as ever in this film. It is fun for fans of him to see the many different roles he has undertaken in his prolific career.


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