The Italian Job

  • PG
  • Peter Collinson (1969)
  • UK / US
  • 95 min
The Italian Job
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Smashing vehicle stunt work distinguishes this Swinging Sixties romp from Paramount, shot in glamorous Turin with interiors filmed at our very own Twickenham Studios. Unfortunately, despite a fine cast headed by Michael Caine, Noël Coward and Benny Hill, the script doesn't quite come off. In fact, screenwriter Troy Kennedy Martin managed to get away with the biggest crime of all, reworking the gold-bullion heist plot for the following year's Kelly's Heroes and hoping no one would notice. If the characters here had been a little better developed and the director a little less determinedly flashy, this could have been a minor classic. That said, it's a mightily popular movie (re-released in 1999 to celebrate its 30th anniversary and remade in 2003), helped immeasurably by the now-iconic status of Caine, the soundtrack from Quincy Jones, the editing by John Trumper, and the marvellous Coward, who masterminds the whole wheeze from his prison cell.

Plot Summary

Comedy caper starring Michael Caine and Noël Coward. When Charlie Croker is released from prison, he is soon up to no good. After securing the financial backing of crimelord Mr Bridger, he puts into motion plans for a gold-bullion robbery that is to take place in Turin. But the Mafia have other ideas...

Cast and crew

Cast

Charlie Croker
Michael Caine
Mr Bridger
Noël Coward
Professor Simon Peach
Benny Hill
Altabani
Raf Vallone
Freddie
Tony Beckley
Beckerman
Rossano Brazzi
Lorna
Maggie Blye
Miss Peach
Irene Handl
Governor
John Le Mesurier
Birkenshaw
Fred Emney
Keats
Graham Payn
Arthur
Michael Standing
Garage manager
John Clive
Shirtmaker
Simon Dee

Crew

Director
Peter Collinson

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount Film Service Ltd
Guidance: 
Some violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 10 Sep 1999
Certificate PG
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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