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The Italian Job

The Italian Job

Peter Collinson (1969)

95min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

A crook assembles a motley gang to steal £4million in gold bullion from an Italian armoured car, which brings Turin to a standstill and enables the robbers to make a quick getaway in a fleet of Minis - but they end up falling foul of the Mafia along the way. Crime comedy, starring Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Tony Beckley and John Le Mesurier.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Peter Collinson
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Other Information

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

Comedy Drama

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