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The Italian Job

Michael Caine plays a minor crook who inherits from a dead pal (Rossano Brazzi) the idea and key plan of a heist for landing a haul of $4 million in gold ingots from a security van in Turin, Italy. Scheme involves an elaborate way of throwing the Turin traffic into a colossal, chaotic tangle on which the robbery and getaway depends.

Michael Caine plays a minor crook who inherits from a dead pal (Rossano Brazzi) the idea and key plan of a heist for landing a haul of $4 million in gold ingots from a security van in Turin, Italy. Scheme involves an elaborate way of throwing the Turin traffic into a colossal, chaotic tangle on which the robbery and getaway depends.

The crime is bankrolled and masterminded by Noel Coward, a top criminal, from a London jail which he virtually controls with sybaratic authority. Caine’s assembled gang of crooks seem a bumbling crowd, unfitted to take on the Mafia, which is naturally taking a menacing interest in the scheme.

The cast does its stuff to good effect. Coward, as the highly patriotic, business-like master crook, brings all his imperturbable sense of irony and comedy to his role.

The Italian Job

UK

  • Production: Paramount/Oakhurst. Director Peter Collinson; Producer Michael Deeley; Screenplay Troy Kennedy Martin; Camera Douglas Slocombe; Editor John Trumper; Music Quincy Jones; Art Director Disley Jones
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1969. Running time: 100 MIN.
  • With: Michael Caine Noel Coward Benny Hill Raf Vallone Tony Beckley Rossano Brazzi