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
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They filmed a scene for a part of the Mini Cooper chase sequence on an ice rink, with the cars gliding past each other to the accompaniment of Johann Strauss' "The Blue Danube". The scene was cut for timing reasons, but was included in the Channel 4 documentary "The Mini Job" which appeared on the Special Edition video. All DVD releases include the scene as an extra feature. See more »
Several of the top tiers of "gold" jiggle around upon hitting the ground when lowered from the plane, which means they are too lightweight to be real gold. See more »
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Cut to the Chase
This film is like a blunt, bottom-drawer impression of a John Huston caper (a long way after) with its shaggy-dog ending. The dialogue strains persistently but always falls short - perhaps Martin's screenplay for "Kelly's Heroes" the following year got polished by someone else. I did like his script for "Edge of Darkness" but not this.
The fat humor is bankrupt and threadbare, the Italians are cartoons and the sole non-white in the cast is the only one of the team to let the side down, which leaves a bad aftertaste. Peter Collinson directed coarsely with his usual trowel.
It's fun to see Noel Coward play the Queen Mum, and Fred Emney is pungent as the aged football fan, but Michael Caine looks more desperate than his character has to, and I don't blame him. Remy Julienne's car team shows more variety of expression.
The caper itself is fun enough, but the characters and events leading up to it are thinner than TP.
Thrills are easy, comedy is hard. The first 50 minutes of this film are a waste of time.
Best bet - skip the setup and cut to the chase.
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