Italian Job, The (1969, GBR) C-99m. SCOPE *** D: Peter Collinson. Starring Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Raf Vallone, Tony Beckley, Rossano Brazzi, Margaret Blye, Irene Handl, Harry Baird, George Innes. Caine just got out of prison when he gets a message from a fellow criminal. Caine should organize a gold robbery in Italy. He then enlists the help of so-called experts to perform the job. Standard caper story helped immensely by Caine's sardonic performance and Collinson's stylish direction. A late 60s time capsule, fits perfectly in the era, a cult item in Britain. Highlight: Wild escape/chase involving three Minis. Photographed by Douglas Slocombe, music by Quincy Jones. Remade in 2003.

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