The Italian Job (1969) United Kingdom
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Director:Peter Collinson
Producer:Stanley Baker
Writer:Troy Kennedy-Martin
Rating:4.5 (114 votes)
Date Added:2009-08-18
Purchased On:2009-08-18
Genre:Action & Adventure
Picture Format:Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Sound:Dolby Digital
Subtitles:English, Finnish
Peter Collinson  ...  (Director)
Troy Kennedy-Martin  ...  (Writer)
Michael Caine  ...  
Noel Coward  ...  
Benny Hill  ...  
Raf Vallone  ...  
Tony Beckley  ...  
Douglas Slocombe  ...  Cinematographer
John Trumper  ...  Editor
Summary: Internal countercasting is a big plus in this caper comedy: where else are you going to find Benny Hill and Michael Caine in the same movie? Peter Collinson directs those two as well as Noel Coward, Raf Vallone, Rossano Brazzi, and Irene Handl in a story about the effort to steal gold bullion from the town of Turin. Screenwriter Troy Kennedy Martin eschews heist film tradition by placing more emphasis on the gang's getaway than on the complex robbery itself. The film's main claim to comic fame is a wild chase scene set against an enormous traffic jam. The rest of the movie is less memorable, but that extended action sequence is well worth the wait. "--Tom Keogh"