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The Italian Job (1969)

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Peter Collinson

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About the Movie

The quintessential British caper film of the 1960s, The Italian Job is a flashy, fast romp that chases a team of career criminals throughout one of the biggest international gold heists in history. Michael Caine is Charlie Croker, a stylish robber and skirt-chaser just out of British prison. Shunning rehabilitation for recidivism, Croker takes over "The Italian Job," a complicated plan to hijack gold bullion from Italy — right from underneath the noses of the Italian Police and the Mafia. The job, whose original mastermind was murdered, clearly requires the sponsorship of a richer, more established criminal than Croker. He turns to the auspices of the eccentric Mr. Bridger (Noël Coward in his last film role), a suave, regal, incarcerated English crime boss with a peculiar fascination with the Queen. Bridger provides Croker with a quirky group of Britain's most infamous computer hackers (including a lascivious Benny Hill), bank robbers, hijackers, and getaway drivers — the ex-con is soon well on his way to relieving Italy of the gold. ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio, Rovi

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 25
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The film is technically sophisticated and emotionally retarded. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: 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. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Is there a film - certainly a British film - that delivers a greater infusion of pure joy than The Italian Job? – Robert Colvile, Daily Telegraph (UK), Jan 1, 2015

Fresh: As a film, The Italian Job is hardly a work of unalloyed genius; but as a reminder of the time when Britannia really was cool, it's peerless. – Empire Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

What a nice surprise!

I was thrilled to sign on to iTunes today to see the ORIGINAL Italian Job as one of the featured movies. This is a brilliantly funny film, has one of the best car chase scenes "ever" -- and featured a great ensemble of actors including Michael Caine and Noel Coward. ..and I will "only" say that it is the ultimate cliffhanger. If you liked the remake, you will cherish the original.


what a nice surprise to actually find somethingworthwhile to watch on itunes. Usually all i can find is a bunch of garbage. michael caine does a great job in this film. If you like it, check out the movie zulu.

Pretty Good

Just as good as the original

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1969

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  1. Iconic Films of the 60's, Paramount Home Entertainment Inc.