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The Italian Job (1969)

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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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4,233 ( 123)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Charlie Croker: You wouldn't hit a man with no trousers on, would you?
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares: The Fish & Anchor (2007) See more »

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The British Grenadiers
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Traditional
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Cut to the Chase
15 March 2001 | by tonstant viewerSee all my reviews

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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Country:

UK | USA

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:

$113,867
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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