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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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Marketing in the U.K. included a novelization of this movie, a vinyl record of the soundtrack, and replicas of the Minis displayed in foyers in selected cinemas. See more »

Goofs

Dummies were clearly noticeable piloting the police car during and after it crashed through the gate at the end of the sewer. See more »

Quotes

Lorna: [after hearing a rapid knock at the door] It's the Law, Charlie!
Charlie Croker: What you tell 'em?
Lorna: Charlie, would I tell them anything?
Charlie Croker: ...Yes you would.
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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

Getta Bloomin' Move On!
(uncredited)
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by The Italian Job (vocal)
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" Everyone in the world is bent! "
19 June 2007 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Charlie Croker (Michael Caine) is a lovable, fashionable convict who despite having served five years in prison, is immediately engaged to accepting an "Italian Job" in Italy and in the process, completing the intricate crime of a lifetime. A short but very interesting film about an Italian town called Turin, is sent to him by a good friend and marked man called Beckerman (Rossano Brazzi). The film instructs Croker to take the accumulated plans, get a financial backer and pull off what Beckerman describes as a $4,000,000 gold robbery, through a traffic jam. The minor problems are explained but easily overcome by Bekerman's meticulous plans. However, the main obstacles to the bank heist are no trivial matter. Croker will be up against the highly sophisticated armored convoy with its armed guards, the 'special security' system of the bank, and an entire city in Chaos. Additionally the shipment will be protected by the biggest obstacle of all The Mafia (Raf Vallone). They warn Charlie, if he attempts to steal the gold, he will be sent back to England in a pine box. To his credit, Charlie wins over the confidence of England's version of the Godfather, Mr. Bridger (Noel Coward who is superb.) To further aid Croker, he assembles an odd assortment of characters such as Professor Simon Peach. (Benny Hill who is wonderful) and Stanley Cain as Coco. The entire film is dedicated to the fact that even the most secure treasures can be stolen. However, hanging onto them, crossing the Alps and getting back home is subject to the Law of Gravity. A serious and comic film destined to become a classic, especially with it's haunting theme. ****


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