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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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 »


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Trivia

The "Chinese" plane delivering the gold to Turin airport is one of the rare (only 14 ever built) Douglas C-74 Globemaster transport planes. See more »

Goofs

When the Coopers are being prepped in the garage prior to the job, one car has the rear end jacked up. The mechanic says something is wrong with the differential. Swapping the diff in a Mini (a front-wheel drive car) requires the removal of the engine and gearbox which are at the front, not the back. However, this could be an intentional 'mistake' left in by the writers/film-makers. When this film was made front wheel drive cars were not as commonplace in the UK as they are today and most mechanics where used to working on the standard rear wheel driven cars. Asking an inexperienced mechanic to change the diff on a Mini was apparently a common practical joke/jape. The film maker may have also been implying that one of Charlie's mechanics wasn't up to scratch as there are various other gags in the film referring to their ineptitude (i.e. "you're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"). See more »

Quotes

Miss Peach: [Camp Freddy has one of Miss Peach's cats on his lap] I shouldn't let her do that, dear. Gives them ideas.
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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 Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Episode #2.13 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Caper Time
(uncredited)
Written by Quincy Jones
Performed by The Italian Job (vocal)
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More humor than the re-make.
26 May 2004 | by lima-2See all my reviews

A year after I saw the remake, I finally got to see the original for the first time. This movie was released during my freshman year in college, but I certainly don't remember it ever being in any local theaters. From a 35-year hindsight perspective, it has an "Austin Powers" feel to it, primarily because of the sound track and the period-attire worn by the players. The 2003 re-make has a more imaginative yet believable plot, while this original has a sly, tongue-in-cheek undertone of humor to it. Benny Hill as the computer-geek obsessed with "large-boned women" is a real hoot! I think that sub-plot could have been played out further in the form of it creating more complications for master planner Michael Caine. Although I like "Marky" Mark Wahlberg and most of his movies, Michael Caine imbued the Charlie Croker role with more personality. The mini-Coopers are still the centerpiece of both movies, though: good chase scenes! This movie has merits that the re-make does not, and vice versa. It's hard not to compare the two, but try watching both again, as individual movies.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

3 September 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,867
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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